Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

Is God Holding Out On Me?

Is God Holding Out On Me?

We all may have asked this question, especially when there is something that we really want or need and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us.  God has the power to provide so why doesn’t He just give us the thing we’re hoping or praying for?  If we’re not careful, our thoughts might […]

The Power of Small Steps

The Power of Small Steps

Our world is so big and so broken that some days I can’t see how my paltry efforts make a difference. Some days my dreams seem so out of reach that I don’t see how I will ever get there. All too often I feel overwhelmed because there are too many options, too many needs, […]

How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

  She looks at me through watery eyes, her grief seeping through her pores like something souring. She tells me she just wants to know for sure that she’ll see him again – the brother she lost too soon.  She says he professed belief in God.  He was a good person.  She wants to know […]

Lessons from the Robins

Lessons from the Robins

You may have heard or perhaps not but a week ago in Wisconsin on April 18th we had a very bad snow storm with areas getting 4-30+ inches of snow followed by smaller storms over the next couple days. There began a post circulating on Facebook to put out food for the robins as many […]

Ordinary Men and Women

Ordinary Men and Women

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (NIV)   This is one of my favorite verses in the New Testament. My preacher spoke on this passage on Sunday. I’ve […]

When Fear Attacks

When Fear Attacks

Recently, I’ve been doing a Bible study from a group on Fear and Anxiety. Let me tell you it has hit home so much. I suffer at times from anxiety and panic attacks. Not as bad as they use to be, but still at times it’s there. Sometimes, it feels like someone has grabbed me […]

Refocusing My Life

Refocusing My Life

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]

A Sure Thing

A Sure Thing

Approximately ninety million Americans are willing to plunk down their hard-earned cash on the chance of winning big bucks in the lottery. What are the odds? According to Kevin Breuninger of CNBC, something like one in three hundred million for Powerball or Mega Millions! If you’re only looking to win a moderately hefty sum, your […]

Run your race

Run your race

It was only 20 minutes after the race had started that the first runner crossed the finish line. My son and I stood there at the end of the route wrapped in winter coats on a Sunday afternoon in April. Two of our foursome–Dad/Husband and Sister/Daughter–were out on the course somewhere and we weren’t expecting […]

Fighting to His Arms

Fighting to His Arms

I’m hungry and tired, my tongue parched from thirst. I can see it in the distance…an oasis…cool and green, fresh cold water to drink. Ripe fruit hangs from low branches. Next to the rushing stream, a flat rock where I can sit and dangle my feet. And next to that spot…Jesus. His hands are folded. […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers … Sometimes

April Showers Bring May Flowers … Sometimes

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV) I do not like to curse myself but I’m 99% positive that I have a ‘brown’ thumb when it comes to gardening and growing flowers. I’ve tried planting flowers […]

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

When I was a little girl, I attended an after school Bible club across the street.  One day, as the program was ending, the leader told all of the kids to line up to pray with her and ask Jesus into our hearts.  Since it appeared that we weren’t going to go home for dinner […]

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

While shopping the day before Easter, I was reminded of the way we celebrated Easter when I was a child. While we did enjoy baskets of candy and eggs, the attention was focused more on the new clothes we would wear. We wouldn’t dare go to church without a new dress and, yes, white gloves. […]

Has a Piece of Your Soul Been Squelched?

Has a Piece of Your Soul Been Squelched?

Once upon a time, I was happily conversing with an imaginary friend when the neighbor boy snuck up and overheard me. Since he was two years older and so very much wiser, he pointed out (gleefully) how foolish and childish it was to talk to people who were not actually there. Despite my tender years, […]

Why I Don’t Ask God Why

Why I Don’t Ask God Why

I don’t ask God why. Never have. Most people are shocked by that. ”Never?” they ask. I shake my head. I’m sure, like me, you heard too many why’s growing up that no one could ever answer. Why did a child have to die just as they graduated? Why didn’t God take away a person’s pain […]

Sometimes Life is a Struggle

Sometimes Life is a Struggle

If it isn’t appliance failures, or car trouble, it’s problems your adult children face and no way for you to help them…other than prayer and a listening ear. Lately, for me, it has been additional health problems to add to my collection, but that is a story for another day. I consider my recent crocheting […]

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Every year I promise myself, this time, I will adjust to winter much better this year. However,  every year it gets harder and harder to endure the winds, cold, rain, sleet, and snow –no matter how many cute outfits I put together. Winter can be harsh, but when I saw the sun peek her face […]