When God Answers, “Not Now”

When God Answers, “Not Now”

One of the hardest places to be as a Christian is in a holding pattern; or in between seasons. For me personally, I’ve found this season hard because when I was younger in my faith, I always had a hard time discerning the voice of God during these times. I learned from experience, when in […]

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 […]

Thy Will Be Done

Thy Will Be Done

As we walk the path of faith, we discover that life has its ups and downs. An easy life is not a promise for anyone on this earth, but an abundant one is promised for the believer. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that […]

Are You Ready for His Return?

Are You Ready for His Return?

  Sunday evening I slip out for some fresh air, and the Pennsylvania sky is drab – a monotone grey sheet has settled upon us, and days of sunshine will continue to be rare until the summer solstice comes with promises for better days. A few oak trees cling to weathered tawny leaves, but every […]

The Legacy of Forgiveness

The Legacy of Forgiveness

There’s a story in 2 Chronicles 24 about a godly priest named Jehoiada. He spearheaded the restoration of the temple and kept King Joash on the straight and narrow way. However, when Jehoiada died, King Joash was influenced by his officials and led astray. He abandoned the temple and was unfaithful to the Lord. The […]

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 […]

Do You Relate?

Do You Relate?

I was out running errands several times over the last few weeks when I noticed people walking casually into stores and seeing people they knew. Immediately their disposition changed, their voices were animated and they were genuinely excited and engaged with each other. I could overhear a couple conversations where it was obvious it had […]

God Knows Our Hearts

God Knows Our Hearts

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your […]

Making It Through Rough Times

Making It Through Rough Times

  These last few weeks and if I’m honest last month has been hard. Autism is hard. So hard. Can we just say puberty has hit with the twins? Sometimes, it can be a real struggle. They’ve also been having more seizures from it as well. Three children on the spectrum with tons of stimulation […]

Subjectivity

Subjectivity

Are you influenced by book reviews? Do big name endorsements help you decide to buy a particular book? When you browse through a bookstore what prompts you to reach for a book? I’ve set up a little poll on my blog (on the sidebar) to find out what you think. It will be through Memorial Day […]

Have You Ever Felt Duct-Taped?

Have You Ever Felt Duct-Taped?

One of my associates where I work part-time had me laughing tears when she told me about her 8 and 9-year-olds duct-taping her 2-year-old to a chair. The older siblings were playing monopoly and their younger brother kept taking their tokens (the pieces they use to move around the board). They told him to leave them alone, […]

The Size of My Prayer Requests

The Size of My Prayer Requests

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 For many years, I prayed and spoke through wall built on a lie. I used to categorize my requests […]

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

I know how to play chess. Which means I understand the objective, I know how the pieces move around the board, and I’m lucky if I can see two moves ahead in the game. Any strategy I devise is usually thwarted by an unexpected move from my opponent. I am not a chess master. People […]

Love Like a Hurricane

Love Like a Hurricane

I did a double take when the worship team sang, “Oh How He Loves Us.” A beautifully written song, I wondered at the line that likened God’s love to a hurricane. Really? Isn’t a hurricane destructive? How could this be true? I believe that God’s justice is like a mighty wind. He is sovereign, and […]

Praying with Perspective

Praying with Perspective

“Please heal my loved one, Lord!” I prayed…for probably the 300th time in my life.  The healing that I desired for this person was just not being given by my gracious Father, and I was aching inside as years passed and no change came for them.  I was journaling about how difficult it was for […]

Those three little words

Those three little words

I moved through the kitchen banging pots and slamming cupboards and when one of my children asked me something, the cork holding my anger inside popped and I spoke harshly in response to whatever they were asking. It was a normal day in our house, as far as I can remember. These days normal is […]

Faith as Small as a Grain of Mustard Seed

Faith as Small as a Grain of Mustard Seed

  Most, if not all of us, have heard or read the statement below spoken by Jesus to His Apostles. He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Luke 17:6 (NIV) The […]