Is it Just Noise or is There Love Too?

Is it Just Noise or is There Love Too?

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV) I love listening to praise music. It can send my soul soaring as I reconnect with the healing truth that comes only from God. It […]

For Such a Time As This–What’s YOUR Assignment?

For Such a Time As This–What’s YOUR Assignment?

I first became aware of a world outside my family in sixth grade. I saw America heading for a culture similar to the debauched Roman Empire of two thousand years previous. A culture of hedonism, living for self, instead of the ideals that had once made it strong. ESTHER’S ASSIGNMENT Four hundred years before that, […]

SOARING WITH BROKEN WINGS

SOARING WITH BROKEN WINGS

    I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions (Joel 2:28 NIV)   In preparation for a hip replacement, I have been going to physical therapy twice a week. My therapist, a young man named […]

He Speaks

He Speaks

I am such a “words” person! I imagine all my fellow sisters in Christ that write here at Putting On the New are as well, because we love writing! But there are times words get me in trouble. You too? Maybe you can think of a time when you said too much, too little, or […]

Walk in the Freedom of Christ

Walk in the Freedom of Christ

A. Throw off the shackles. B. Stand firm and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. C. The curse has been broken. D. You are unique and special to God. If you were a POW for ten years and awoke one morning with the prison bars wide open. What would […]

My Mother’s Soup

My Mother’s Soup

My mom would have turned 101 today. I don’t suppose they celebrate birthdays in heaven. How could your earth-entry day possibly hold a (birthday) candle to every day in eternity? But we will celebrate down here with family gathering to enjoy some Grams favorites, including lasagna and German Chocolate cake. Anything that brought family together […]

Essential Life Lessons

Essential Life Lessons

One can get lost in the names and reigning of kings in the pages of the Old Testament. But if we take the time to delve deeper into their stories, we’ll find essential lessons for life. Ones we should make a point never to forget. While reading through II Chronicles, I noticed a central thread […]

Guard Your Gate

Guard Your Gate

A gate is the ideal spot to have control over who or what comes and goes at that crucial entrance point of an important place.  A simple passage in Isaiah gives us a wonderful promise about the significance of a gate and if we study it carefully, we will also notice a hidden warning.  But […]

Keep A Soft Heart Toward God with Gratitude

Keep A Soft Heart Toward God with Gratitude

Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21 NKJV). This verse is part of Paul’s letter to the Romans explaining how people really know there is a God even when they don’t admit it. […]

Relinquishing Control of My Agenda

Relinquishing Control of My Agenda

I recently acquired a young kitten. Her name is Scalliwag (Callie for short). She is cute and snuggly and amusing. She also wreaks havoc with my daily agenda. Like a small child, a ten-week-old kitten requires a lot of supervision to keep it entertained and out of mischief. Since I am the only one home […]

Give Thanks Always

Give Thanks Always

“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” -Ephesians 5:20 NKJV This month is usually used to reflect on things we have been blessed with.  Each morning, we wake up with the desire to give thanks. To thank the Lord for all He has blessed […]

Four Ways to Intentionally Speak Words of Life

Four Ways to Intentionally Speak Words of Life

We put the trip to camp on the calendar and crossed off the white boxes with eager expectation as the weekend drew near. It had been a long winter on pretty much every level, including snowstorms that buried us well into April. When the weekend finally arrived, we hoped the 100 percent chance of rain […]

You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful

You are beautiful! Ha! You may say, “I have a mirror and a scale and I know that’s not true.” I’ve said the same thing many times myself. But that’s because we are believing another lie the world wants to convince us of. That lie is: Physical Appearance = Worth   When God calls us […]

Walking Alongside

Walking Alongside

The other day I saw the most adorable thing. An older man pulled out a bike for his wife that is best described as an adult tricycle! He helped his wife get on but she was having trouble getting started. After a couple attempts at getting going, he tried it out to make sure nothing […]

Let Nothing Move You

Let Nothing Move You

Over the last month, well last week or so I’ve felt burnt out. There’s been a lot going on in my family. You know the type where it feels like everything is going crazy all at once and you just want to scream. I’ve done that a few times, and then it makes you all grumpy […]

Will He Keep Putting Them Off?

Will He Keep Putting Them Off?

Several years back I was at a family reunion in Arkansas and ate some potato salad that had been sitting out all day. The morning after the picnic my body awoke with excruciating stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. A FEW THINGS FLOWED THROUGH MY MIND AS I PRAYED: 1.   I’m in a small southern town. […]

Solid Ground

Solid Ground

You have not given me into the hands of the enemy, but have set my feet in a spacious place. Psalm 31:8 My husband and I love living here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We enjoy hiking and camping and all manner of outdoor activities. While the boys were young we always tried […]

The Golden Slope

The Golden Slope

“This is the way! Come with us!” Christians have discovered the path to Treasure, the Golden Slope to heaven. As we scramble up the Golden Slope, we may fall on our faces dozens of times, but we’re heading in the right direction. If only others would follow! Christians want them to know amazing joy. We […]