Faith Through Sickness

Faith Through Sickness

“Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.” Psalms 103:20 (NLT) On more than one occasion I have gone to bed perfectly healthy on Saturday night and awoke Sunday morning with stomach pain, headache, or just not feeling well. During those times I have […]

Want To, Ought To, Need To

Want To, Ought To, Need To

“I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2 (NIV) Have you ever watched an unweaned toddler interact with his mother? Of course he wants her hugs, but his newfound, wobbly independence tends to push her away—until he’s hungry. […]

When I Was Three

When I Was Three

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:2 – 3 KJV). I walked among dandelions when I was three They […]

Life Sentences

Life Sentences

I’m reflecting today on people who have impacted my life by a single sentence—words of truth or compassion or wisdom spoken or written at just the right time. I remember… My high school ex-boyfriend—the one I’d broken up with six weeks earlier out of pure selfishness—who came to the door an hour after hearing my […]

Got Jesus?

Got Jesus?

Recently I “inherited” a shirt with the words “Got Jesus?” across the front of it. The white lettering stands out clearly against the pure black background. As I slipped the shirt on for the first time and started for town, a sobering though struck me. Everyone I came across would read the words and immediately […]

The Power Within You

The Power Within You

Attention all Christians:  This is a reminder that the amazing, powerful Holy Spirit lives inside of you!  Why do we need to be reminded?  Because as we go through life’s ups and downs, we may forget…. or take for granted …. or simply not understand the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. […]

For When You Wish You Were Different

For When You Wish You Were Different

  A photo of an Olympic sprinter greeted me every morning when I opened my locker as a teen. She had great abs.  I kept the photo there to inspire myself to strive for abs like hers, and every afternoon I went home and did 1,280 crunches.  You don’t forget a number like that. I […]

Should I Fight Anger?

Should I Fight Anger?

Some psychologists say that it’s unhealthy to stuff down your feelings. They advocate freely expressing your anger. If you are upset, communicate it to others! Otherwise you’ll be emotionally blocked and paralyzed. Our culture tells us we have a “right” to be heard, and they protest in the streets to express their outrage. Anger is […]

Cease Striving

Cease Striving

We are preparing to move from the home we have known for almost 20 years and venture to a new state almost 1000 miles away. The preparations have been stressful, exhausting and some days downright exasperating! We have yet to sell our current house…stressful; we have yet to finish packing…exhausting; and my husband has yet […]

Dealing with Bitterness

Dealing with Bitterness

“Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.” ~Hebrews 12:14-15 (HCSB) There’s a good chance that at some point in your Christian walk, […]

Open Your Hands

Open Your Hands

Picking up groceries, mid-week, has become a normal ritual of mine.  On this particular day I had struggled with how full my day was so, after exercising I decided to make a quick trip for some small supplies. I remember being so tired and just wanting to get home and relax, but I should have […]

Fear Is A Liar

Fear Is A Liar

Fear is such a horrible thing to experience. This month has been of the times where it has crept up into my life and my family’s. I’m telling you can freak you out faster than a medical issue that your not sure what’s happening. It was tough and super scary for all of us. Okay, […]

What if …

What if …

What If … My Internet has been down for a week … until this afternoon. I felt completely lost. No way to communicate except through my cellphone. Pretty much incommunicado. I was reminded of a novel series from many years ago written by Terri Blackstock where some catastrophic disaster knocked out everything electrical around the […]

Me and God Day

Me and God Day

Do you ever have “Me and God days?” Days when you don’t want to get up but desire to lie in bed all day listening for a word from the Lord? I had that feeling the last time it rained. The rain sounded like it was singing a heavenly melody. I stared at the ceiling […]

Praising God Through the Generations

Praising God Through the Generations

Last month I wrote about savoring precious family moments, and I reminisced about my days as a baseball mom. This month, I have to share a recent family moment, one which I hope to remember with joy for the rest of my days. A moment of generations, of love for God and for each other. […]

Just Like My Daddy

Just Like My Daddy

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15 NIV).  Not able to have children of their own, my son and daughter-in-law have adopted several children through the foster care system. Each addition […]

The Perfect Life

The Perfect Life

Even among Christians, the search for the “perfect life” is often a snare. Longing for everything to fall into place just as we would like it– that perfect home, location, job, spouse, church, relationship—we often fall into wrong desires when we set our minds on temporal things. We see this struggle dating as far back […]

Welcome Home At Last

Welcome Home At Last

The above words accompanied the beautiful floral bouquet from a cousin when I recently moved back to the Southern area of my birth. Back to my ancestral home of over two hundred years. I stood at the kitchen window of my newly purchased, little home and thought about the words with the flowers. Welcome home […]