Romance and Intimacy in the Bible….

Romance and Intimacy in the Bible….

“How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!” Song of Solomon 7:6 (KJV) Readers of the Bible do not expect to find the romance between a man and woman discussed intimately but the Song of Solomon is filled with love and romance. King Solomon expresses his love for the Shulamite woman and […]

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 […]

Give Yourself Permission to Relax!

Give Yourself Permission to Relax!

Life can become so busy we simply forget to give ourselves permission to relax, stop, or sit down in the midst of the madness. How do we not lose ourselves when surrounded by obligations, responsibilities, work, school, ministry, children, family, goals, marriage, loss, love and life? We are pulled in so many different directions that […]

Do I Love Like a Snowflake–Or an Oak Tree?

Do I Love Like a Snowflake–Or an Oak Tree?

Growing up in the Air Force means moving from home to home. I moved fourteen times before  I became a teenager! My parents and siblings were my anchor in constant waves of change. It was easy to make friends if we lived on the base. Everyone was in the same boat. We knew many would […]

Love Is An Action More Than a Feeling

Love Is An Action More Than a Feeling

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT) As we prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day with candy, flowers, and gifts, take time to ponder the true definition of ‘Love.’ Love is an action more than a feeling. Our emotions are fickle and can be affected […]

Being Thankful…

Being Thankful…

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service” (1 Timothy 1:12). I marvel at the heart posture of Saint Paul when writing a letter to young Timothy who is in need of guidance as he leads and pastors a new church. At […]

All You Need Is…

All You Need Is…

I write and speak about my journey from bitterness to joy and abundant life, and encourage others that they too can break free from these sinful habits. One step in that process is to replace the bitterness with love. The people we were harboring bitterness against now become objects of our love. How is this […]

The Superhero

The Superhero

These days many lovers of comic book figures rush to the movies in order to frequent yet another Superman or Spiderman sequel, Iron-man or X-men sequel, Wolverine or the most recently eye-popping and box-office drawing Wonder Woman–soon to be a sequel. As I’ve observed these movies I noticed how we’re initially introduced to what seems […]

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

Have you ever compared how we maintain important relationships when distance separates us to how we maintain our relationship with the Savior? Here are two of our common earthly relationships: Father/Child. When my dad deployed to Vietnam, a wonderful invention called the tape player allowed us to communicate beyond the written word. Small reels of […]

Something New…

Something New…

Change is so difficult, but in order to find the light we must risk the darkness with God. There are often many reasons why the masses never experience prosperity or reach the Promised Land, let alone dwell there. It boils down to fear and while we cling to how it was and how it used […]

Loving to the End

Loving to the End

  He loved them to the end. John 13:1b Did the disciples understand, did they perceive, that it was The End? I am not sure they did. I don’t think many of us do when the end is near. The last goodbye to a loved one, the last story read before bedtime, the last time […]

Did I Say That?

Did I Say That?

“Did I Say That?”                                                             To honor and to cherish….  Boomers and all others, do you remember when your heart knew you would cherish this person before you forever?  Maybe it […]

A Day for Love

A Day for Love

In less than a week, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I read this morning that Americans are projected to spend just short of 20 billion dollars on the holiday this year. That includes the purchase of candy, flowers, jewelry and other gifts, cards, and/or a planned evening of dinner and other entertainment. I can recall, […]

Dropping the Trash

Dropping the Trash

I don’t have to haul my trash to the curb like some folks do. Where I live, the city has strategically placed dumpsters in alleys and behind businesses. Since I live outside the city limit on a county highway, I’m not near an alley. I haul my trash to town and drop it in any […]

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

As we approach Thanksgiving, I examine so many blessings in my life. Besides the gift of faith, I am most thankful for those whom God has allowed me to love while here on this earth, including my husband of almost thirty-nine years, our marriage characterized as “an adventure around every corner.” Change is something that […]

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Love and Prayer Are the Answer

Today is Election Day, the day when we, the citizens of America exercise our right to choose our government leaders. From the most powerful world leader, the President of the United States, to county commissioners and other local offices in the smallest towns, to state amendment and local issues placed in the hands of each […]

God Must Control My Life

God Must Control My Life

2 Samuel 22:3 NIV My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,  my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior from violent people you save me.     In the last two months, I have struggled. I feel overwhelmed. God’s guidance like a surety of […]

Second Chances

Second Chances

A week or so ago I saw a post on an email loop I belong to about an underlying theme of her novels . . . forgiveness.  That made me think. I’ve never given a deep consideration to a theme for my writing. But the more I thought about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I […]