How High?

How High?

What are you struggling with today? Are you lonely or fearful or discouraged? We all go through various hills and valleys in our Christian walk. We all have seasons and times where it’s harder to feel the joy Jesus promises us. Psalm 103:11 tells us: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so […]

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 Messiness of Truth Speaking

The Messiness of Truth Speaking

Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15 “Speak the truth in love.” […]

A Simple Joy

A Simple Joy

It’s snowing. I hate wind and cold, but I love sitting in my warm, cozy house, watching my yard become a beautiful snow globe scene. A simple joy. When my husband arrives home from work, I’ll tell him what’s for dinner, and he’ll smile. He loves my cooking, and dinner time is always a pleasurable […]

Unexpected Turn of Events

Unexpected Turn of Events

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD (Proverbs 21: 30 – 31).   We were sure the double-wide trailer was an answer to prayer, a solution for our overcrowded living situation. Located […]

Kept and Being Kept

Kept and Being Kept

What does it mean to be “kept” by God?  And what then are the implications of us being “our sister’s’ keeper?”  This was the topic of our church ladies’ meeting last week.  As I prepared to lead the discussion, I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to consider there might be two groups of ladies […]

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 […]

January thaw

January thaw

The forecast calls for rain tomorrow and after a stretch of cold/ice/snow/wind that seemed it might never end, I am grateful. I rolled the window down in the van today, and when I stepped outside without a jacket, just for a moment, I forgot the bitter chill from a week ago. I’ve lived through too […]

Seeds of Faith

Seeds of Faith

I hold seeds in my hand. I’ve always held seeds. Seeds of hope. Seeds of heartache. Seeds of destiny. Seeds of disappointment. They’re all mixed together in a rough and tumble way because that’s how life happens sometimes. It gets rough and tumbly. Yet this time it’s different. This time I look at these seeds […]

For God So Loved the World…

For God So Loved the World…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.                 John 3:16 NIV Happy 2018! As we begin another year given to us by the great Lord our God, let us pause to remember how much Jehovah loves us. He […]

A Tapestry of Truth

A Tapestry of Truth

“Every ‘ism’ isolates one strand from the rich fabric of truth.” That’s a quote from the book our small group is studying–Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey. This week we talked about materialism, romanticism, empiricism and rationalism. Each one of these “isms” takes a thread of God’s truth and builds an entire belief system and explanation […]

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 […]

Your Voice Is Important

Your Voice Is Important

When you’re an average, ordinary person like me, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Other people seem to do great things, like write best-selling novels or start a ministry that raises thousands and thousands of dollars for a worthy cause. In contrast, my efforts at making a difference in the world seem minuscule. Like maybe no […]

Be Love: My 2018 Phrase

Be Love: My 2018 Phrase

Happy New Year! I always enjoy getting to write the first post of the New Year for Putting on the New. It allows me to share my phrase for the year. But more than that, it allows me to reflect and pray on what my phrase should be. As the years have passed I’ve noticed […]

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 […]