For Her Price is Far Above Rubies

For Her Price is Far Above Rubies

Nothing is hidden from God. He knows the innermost thoughts of our hearts. I have prayed for years to be married to a saved, sanctified, loving, handsome, prosperous man. I can’t seem to meet the right man for me. I even tried the Christian dating sites and didn’t meet anyone that peaked my interest. I […]

Will There Be Math in Heaven?

Will There Be Math in Heaven?

Math is not my strong suit. I have to smile as I write these words. And I know my husband will be howling with laughter when he reads this. I’m so much NOT a numbers girl, I’m almost handicapped. At least that’s what I’d thought. But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through […]

Weekly Cannibals

Weekly Cannibals

One of my Facebook friends, an atheist, referred to Christians as “weekly cannibals.” I don’t know if he believed his own words or was just letting fly his cynicism regarding faith in a deity, but his scorn reminded me that people in the first century accused the brand new church of the same horrible practice. […]

Honestly Speaking

Honestly Speaking

  Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder. Honesty is not nor is it relative to any given circumstance.   A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble (Proverbs 17:20 NIV).   What is honesty? “What do you think of my new dress?” Lisa asked. […]

On Which Shelf Have You Put Your Hope?

On Which Shelf Have You Put Your Hope?

As I sit here about to type my post, I wonder how to capture the journey I have been on with the Lord the last several months… Maybe you’ve watched via Facebook or Instagram as friends have taken a road-trip out west or traveled to some glorious destination overseas. They chronicle the beauty, the adventure, […]

Looking for Reasons to Celebrate

Looking for Reasons to Celebrate

The pretty picture at the top is not an artful arrangement of potpourri. It is actually the gravesite of a deceased grasshopper. I’ve spent this past week watching three grandkids while my son and daughter-in-law celebrate their anniversary. One morning I sat on the front step watching four-year-old Zoey and her bestie Anneliese being silly […]

Pray Until You Get a Response

Pray Until You Get a Response

 “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Luke 18:5 (KJV) I’m sure many of you have heard the story about the persistent widow in Luke 18. Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. […]

I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

John the Baptist was a different sort of fellow. Dressed in a garment fashioned of camel’s hair with a steady diet of locust and wild honey, he seemed an unlikely candidate for a forerunner of Jesus. And yet, Christ claimed “among those born of women there is no one greater than John.” (Luke 7:28) People […]

God’s Response To My Gripe

God’s Response To My Gripe

I heard the words come out of my mouth in a conversation with my friend.  After a few sentences I caught myself and thought, I’ve got to turn this around!  So I quickly started saying some positive, uplifting things.  I did this because there is one thing I don’t want to become…. a griper! I […]

Grace Brings God’s Rest

Grace Brings God’s Rest

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new (NKJV). We become a new creation spiritually, but our humanity still strives to please God by works. We hear man-made rules with the intent of […]

Are You a Strong Woman?

Are You a Strong Woman?

The other day I listened to a podcast featuring several best-selling thriller writers discussing their strong female characters. They talked about female characters who were cops, private detectives, and adventurers—characters who demonstrated they were tough, strong women. What caught my attention was that several times these authors commented that women who filled more traditional female roles […]

Spiritual Tools that Deepen My Friendship with Jesus

Spiritual Tools that Deepen My Friendship with Jesus

I noticed today I was using a chef’s knife incorrectly. I shook my head because I’ve been trained how to use a knife. For twenty-six years with The Pampered Chef, I sold kitchen tools and taught others how to use them. Something distracted me.  Unfocused on what I was doing, I regressed to my old […]

You Are So Loved!

You Are So Loved!

Do you believe that? I admit, it’s a struggle for me. I was raised in a home where I didn’t feel much love or affection. Most of the time I felt like an unwanted annoyance and was simply tolerated. Even today, my now-elderly parents communicate with me in an almost polite, businesslike manner. They are […]

5 Ways to Set the Tone for Greater Joy in Your Life

5 Ways to Set the Tone for Greater Joy in Your Life

There were days when my career as a teacher felt more like a career as an actress. These were the days when I rolled out of bed in a fog of exhaustion and had no desire to paste on a perky smile and stand in front a class with catchy phrases and animated explanations.  A […]

Receive Like A Child

Receive Like A Child

In Luke 18:16-17 we read, “But Jesus called for them, saying, ‘Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all. ‘” Luke‬ […]

Our Days Are Already Numbered

Our Days Are Already Numbered

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…..” (Proverbs 9:10 NIV) God has a panoramic view of our lives – past, present, and future – and knows what the future holds for us. All of us are trying to make the right choices and make godly decisions; conclusions that please God and will […]

Who is Applying Your Label?

Who is Applying Your Label?

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. I Corinthians 7:23 We’ve all got them in our lives—people who label us. Sometimes the labels are good. “You’re so smart.” “You’re so beautiful.” “You’re so organized… “talented… “spiritual… “blessed.” These are the labels we like to hear—whether they’re true or not. They […]

Are You a Proverbs 31 Woman?

Are You a Proverbs 31 Woman?

  As a young mother in her early twenties, I participated in a Bible study on the Proverbs 31 Woman. I was a baby Christian, and I desperately wanted to become this woman of wisdom. Every few years, I look back and see how I’ve grown with the Lord’s help. Below are the questions I’ve […]