Are You In Need of Direction?

Are You In Need of Direction?

Sometimes you just need to ask for directions. Personally, when I’m on a road trip and find that I’m unfamiliar with where I’m going I normally designate my passenger to take the directions and help me navigate as I drive. Today, there isn’t a person ( that I know of) driving around without a GPS, […]

Choices

Choices

We make choices every day … but are they always the right ones? We went to the Chinese buffet the other day, and after the meal—where I ate way too much—the server brought the bill on a little tray with a fortune cookie for each of us. When I broke mine open, I saw this: […]

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 […]

Under the Umbrella of God’s Peace

Under the Umbrella of God’s Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 I love rainy days. The rest of my family are sun worshippers, but I look forward to those cozy days, hemmed with rain and raveled in jagged strips of lightning. I especially love walking […]

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 […]

The confidence we have

The confidence we have

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need ~ Hebrews 4:16 NIV Esther, the queen, risked death itself when she went to see the king without being summoned. To appear before the king at that time, […]

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 […]

Praying for Single Mothers

Praying for Single Mothers

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5 (NKJV) Happy Sunday Morning – I’m thinking about single parents struggling to raise sons and daughters on their own this morning. The above verses […]

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. […]

Facts You May Not Know About The Declaration of Independence

Facts You May Not Know About The Declaration of Independence

We celebrate our Independence Day on July 4, but the Revolutionary War started about a year earlier when shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. King George of Great Britain denied the citizens of the colonies the basic rights entitled to them as a settlement of the British crown. Each time these disputes were brought […]

A Sweet Truth

A Sweet Truth

My husband keeps bees and last week the family gathered to help process the honey crop. We got about 170 pounds of honey from three hives—a bountiful harvest. For fun, my husband shared some bee statistics with us. Apparently honey bees fly over fifty-thousand miles to produce one pound of honey, and a single bee […]

Hope

Hope

When “life” happens, it’s not always a good thing. And considering the times we live in, it seems to be steeped in sin and its consequences. Shootings. Deaths. Illnesses. Diseases. Natural Disasters. It’s enough to way us down, to pilfer away all of our hope. When our world looks the way it does, what is […]

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, […]