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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

Seize Your Hope

Seize Your Hope

What kind of hope do you have?  Is it a feeling of waiting expectantly for a certain event to happen?  Or, is it wanting something so much that you anticipate it… pin your hopes on it?   Having hope is a good feeling.  It gives us something to hold onto while we’re waiting for what we […]

When Your Ministry becomes Your Idol

When Your Ministry becomes Your Idol

  It’s a rainy spring morning when a well-known women’s ministry publishes my heart-felt blog post. I’ve written for this site once in the past, and I know what this day will entail.  My own web site will receive more visits in one day than I normally receive in two weeks.  I’ll spend hours responding […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Savor the Moments

Savor the Moments

My initiation into the world of sports began thirty-five years ago when my oldest son ventured into the world of t-ball. As each brother reached the grand old age of four, he joined the ranks of youth baseball teams. Sitting on uncomfortable bleachers was no picnic, but some of my best “Mommy” memories spring from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Staying Connected to the Power Source

Staying Connected to the Power Source

I never realized how important staying connected was until my husband and I took a three day, two night trip to Shawnee National Forest for our twentieth wedding Anniversary. Though a mere three and a half hour drive from our home, it was the first time we had left our teenage sons by themselves overnight, […]