Eyewitness

Eyewitness

When someone claims to have seen or heard something firsthand, we may believe it or we may not.  But, if a second person comes to us and says he has seen and heard that same thing, we will be more likely to believe them.  The more people that have witnessed the same event, the more […]

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 […]

Fresh Start for the New Year

Fresh Start for the New Year

What are you taking with you into 2018? As I sit here looking at the sparkling lights of our Christmas tree I’ve let my mind wander to the New Year. To the time when the calendar rolls over to the next number, the sparklers are lit, and resolutions are made. It’s a fun time–a freeing […]

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

  The year I started writing words for the world to read, things started falling to pieces all around us. We encountered three bouts with the stomach bug in four months.  The kids were constantly rundown with various viruses.  There were financial strains, serious health scares, and much more. We were about ten months into […]

Trust God

Trust God

The last few months have been challenging for me but over the last couple of weeks, the word trust has repeatedly come to my mind and heart. It can be difficult to trust because trust requires us to let go of control and to wait–my least favorite thing to do! During my devotion time recently, […]

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

My least favorite part of this time of year isn’t the holiday bustle, the cold chill in the air, or the threat of slick roads. Instead, it’s the myriad of germs that seem to find their way into my system repeatedly over the span of fall and winter months. My work as a school library […]

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side. Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of […]

5 Unforgettable Hours

5 Unforgettable Hours

I just said goodbye to someone.  We knew for a few days that he was at death’s door.  I’ve lived long enough to know that there are times when death is harsh and ugly.  I’ve also experienced times when I’ve felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in the circumstances and He makes it a special time […]

Directed Steps

Directed Steps

“The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 People have often told me that I am good at planning whether it be parties, corporate events or teaching, I love to plan. I am a detail person and I function best when I know what those details are and […]

Purest Faith

Purest Faith

When circumstances are exactly the opposite of what we hope for, it becomes impossible for us to envision that things could ever change.  It is hard to trust God. There are no more “props” or “crutches” to hold our faith up.  What are props and crutches?  Anything that we lean on besides God.  It could […]

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Derek Prince wrote a biographical tribute to his wife entitled Appointment in Jerusalem. Not only did he chronicle Lydia’s early years as a missionary in Palestine starting in the late 1920s, he shared her testimony detailing the events God engineered that led to her divine appointment. God had ambitious plans for her! As usual, He […]

Steering Wheels and Potholders

Steering Wheels and Potholders

As a preschooler, my daddy would let me “drive” the car. “Horrors!” exclaims the younger generation, while the children of the Fifties smile at golden memories. But yes, perfectly good parents allowed their little ones to imitate such grown-up behaviors as baking cakes and driving. This is how it was done. I would sit on […]

Worry Versus Trust

Worry Versus Trust

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them? Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God’s capable hands, I thought, […]

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

The Most Common Sin … and the Hardest One to Overcome

Lately I’ve been thinking about one sin in particular that is so widespread, I would go so far as to say that it is the most common sin.  It’s even pervasive among Christians!  I’m ashamed to say that there have been times in my life when I’ve fallen into this specific sin, barely realizing that […]

Turning Back

Turning Back

There’s the joke most everyone knows about how men hate to stop and ask for directions even when they are hopelessly lost. I guess it’s not so much a joke as it is a truism that people joke about. Men in particular seem to struggle when they can’t find their way. What about you? “Show […]

Choosing To Be a Slave

Choosing To Be a Slave

Slave. The word is ugly in any language. To be forced to call another person “master,” to be denied the freedom of choice in every matter of life—who you marry, where you live, your vocation—is anathema, a cursed thing. With man’s inhumanity toward man, slavery has existed for ages. In some cultures, like ancient Rome, […]

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

It’s amazing how the Lord speaks into our hearts through Scripture. I must have read Psalm 77 dozens of times over the years, yet never did it strike me so vividly as it did this week. When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they became trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Seeing the onslaught of charioteers at […]

Workout

Workout

21, 22, 23, 24…. I kept going. I wanted to do 50 bicep curls on the weight machine at the fitness club.  I had my earbuds in and was listening to a podcast sermon.  48, 49, 50…. Next was the tricep weight machine for another 50.  Then, I worked on my abdominal muscles and my […]