Into the Storm

Into the Storm

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the […]

Eyewitness

Eyewitness

When someone claims to have seen or heard something firsthand, we may believe it or we may not.  But, if a second person comes to us and says he has seen and heard that same thing, we will be more likely to believe them.  The more people that have witnessed the same event, the more […]

Spiritual Sponges

Spiritual Sponges

Soapy water ran down the bike’s fender from the sponge I squeezed while helping my husband wash all the dust and grime off his Harley. Each time I plunged the sponge back into the bucket, the fibers filled up with the cleaning solution and I continued the chore trying to get “Ol’ Smokey Gold” clean […]

Frustrations, Long Lines, and Attitude

Frustrations, Long Lines, and Attitude

I recently had to get my driver’s license renewed. The local DMV office is usually crowded, even during off-peak hours, so I resigned myself to a wait of a half-hour (or maybe more) to get through the process. Soon after my arrival it became obvious that the photo process was not operating at optimum efficiency. […]

It Is a Big Mistake to Ignore the Promptings Of the Holy Spirit

It Is a Big Mistake to Ignore the Promptings Of the Holy Spirit

After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.…………………………………Acts 16:7 (NKJV) I’m sure many of you can recall instances in which you felt something in your spirit but ignored it, thinking it was insignificant and just a thought coming from you. I bet most of you […]

The Sanctity of Human Life

The Sanctity of Human Life

The sanctity of human life is remembered as we celebrate this cold month of January. The story below is not mine personally, but one with which I closely relate through family and friends. This is for all the young women and men and parents who have been on this journey. God has promised to bind up our […]

When God Says No to our Prayers

When God Says No to our Prayers

Does God only answer select prayers? Or does He answer all of our prayers? Last year, my family diligently prayed for my cousin’s 17 year-old son, who was fighting brain cancer, and a 59 year-old man in our church struggling with liver cancer. Both put up gallant fights, and there were moments of encouragement along […]

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Would you like to go deeper into God’s Word?  I’d like to share a couple of ways that I try to dig deeper into the treasure of truth in the Bible when I’m spending time studying and praying.  Read on for a couple of examples that might be helpful to you! While reading the familiar […]

His Mercies are New Every Morning

His Mercies are New Every Morning

Goal-setting ideas fill pages on magazines and are the topics of talk shows every January. Energetic plans follow for a period of time and then the despair of failure sets in and we give up. We may remember the goals of we didn’t follow through on or the mistakes we made. To keep from wallowing […]

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

  My career as a special education teacher was full of highs and lows. While the milestones of teaching a sixteen-year-old to read or helping a fifteen-year-old out of his wheelchair to take his first steps were deeply fulfilling, there were many days of defeat.  There were plenty of days spent simply trying to keep […]

A Musician’s Heart

A Musician’s Heart

My mother-in-law Doris was a gifted church musician. She is now in heaven directing a choir or playing an instrument or maybe just worshipping at Jesus’ feet! Back in the days when the main instruments in church were piano and organ, she was highly sought after for her skills. She recorded an organ album and […]

Fresh Start for the New Year

Fresh Start for the New Year

What are you taking with you into 2018? As I sit here looking at the sparkling lights of our Christmas tree I’ve let my mind wander to the New Year. To the time when the calendar rolls over to the next number, the sparklers are lit, and resolutions are made. It’s a fun time–a freeing […]

Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine

Within a few days after Christmas, perhaps after the new year, when the Christmas cards quit coming, we have a new kind of mail. No, I’m not talking about all the bills that were generated by over-zealous buying. I’m talking about the gardening catalogs. I usually study the colorful photos of flowers, trees, vegetables and […]

Christmas Time Hustle and Bustle

Christmas Time Hustle and Bustle

The hustle and bustle is in full swing. I’m sure y’all have noticed. We went out today and oh my goodness. The city streets are packed. Where I live there was a mile at least of traffic to just get near Walmart. Oh man! Once we got there parking was way out there. I didn’t […]

What Do You Do When the Devil Is Trying to Eat You Up?

What Do You Do When the Devil Is Trying to Eat You Up?

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1st Peter 5:8 (ESV)  Isn’t it interesting and eye-opening to learn that the devil walks around, like a roaring lion, looking for someone to demolish? A lion roars to intimidate his enemies – and that’s exactly what Abaddon does – walks […]

Where’s Jesus?

Where’s Jesus?

Every year at this time I remember a story a lady at my church told about her grandson. When he was young, he would visit her house at Christmas time and go directly for the nativity. He might stand and play with the characters for a while, but inevitably he would carry baby Jesus around […]

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that […]

The Sweetest Craving

The Sweetest Craving

I’ve noticed lately that because there is so much candy around, I’ve begun to snack on tasty chocolate things.  I’ve always been able to resist sweets, but lately I’ve indulged when I see these treats.  I didn’t think much of it until a few weeks ago, early afternoon, I felt this sudden craving for chocolate. […]