Strength Under Control

Strength Under Control

Have you ever felt like one of your strengths was beginning to drag you down?  A hard worker turns into a workaholic.  A compassionate person no longer sets healthy boundaries.  Success turns into greed.  When strength and blessings are unbridled or uncontrolled, they can become stumbling blocks or even destroy us.  A wild horse is […]

Uncontainable Joy

Uncontainable Joy

How joyful is the man the Lord will never charge with sin! Romans 4:8 (HCSB)    When I think about uncontainable joy I think of a puppy – full of cheer, squirming uncontrollably with excitement and love for their master. A few years ago, there was a chocolate lab puppy that I saw from time […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

When God Holds Our Hand

When God Holds Our Hand

I am the Lord your God. I am holding your right hand. And I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13, ICB The International Children’s Bible version of Isaiah 41:13 captures the tone of God’s voice talking to His child, the gentleness of a father leaning down, taking the small, trusting […]

Create Your World

Create Your World

“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.” -Lisa Nichols My life has made another turn around the calendar. Today is my birthday. I spent some time last night thinking about my year and this upcoming one. Lisa Nichols’ quote encapsulates what I strive towards for this new year […]

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 […]

Letting Go Is Hard

Letting Go Is Hard

A few weeks ago my twenty-something son headed off with friends on a backpacking trip in Yosemite. The logical part of my brain was delighted that he had this opportunity to explore such a beautiful spot. The maternal part of my brain immediately began to consider all the potential dangers: grizzly attack, hypothermia, lightning strike, […]

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 […]

Keeping A Proper Perspective

Keeping A Proper Perspective

Ask anyone what’s happening in their life right now, and you will likely hear a mixture of the good and bad. They’ve welcomed a new child or grandchild, but things at work are tough. Or their kids are doing well, but they are facing physical challenges and illness. Life is often like that, and sometimes […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

 Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)  “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  Most, if not all of you, have seen pictures of slaves shackled and chained. And no doubt your heart went out to them. Now, imagine Lucifer bound in chains, tattered, bleeding, and defeated ambling behind […]

Safe in the Downpour

Safe in the Downpour

by audreycfrank In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8, NIV I awoke with a start to the sound of heavy, driving rain. Drumming the rooftops and pouring over the eaves of my house, it was as if heaven sought to fill up the […]

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 […]

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 […]