Stand Tall and Walk Tall

Stand Tall and Walk Tall

Hebrews 12:12 tells us, “Now stand up straight! Stop your knees from shaking.” (Contemporary English Version) A. STAND and be proud of who you are! B. STAND and be proud of who you can become! C. STAND and be counted as one that serves God and belongs to Him D. STAND and strut like you […]

Light Effects

Light Effects

I love morning sunlight. I hate morning sunlight when it exposes every streak, smudge, fingerprint and nose print on my windows. Not unlike the effect of Sonlight. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. John 3:19 […]

Amazing

Amazing

An incredible event took place over 2,000 years ago that changed everything.  Our world has never been the same since that spectacular night.  This was a moment in time that was predicted hundreds of years earlier and is still talked about and celebrated to this day.  It is considered the greatest event in history.  It […]

The Pure Bloodline

The Pure Bloodline

During the 1950’s and 60’s, Ivory Soap was advertised on television as 99 and 44/100% pure. This was a selling point to mothers who wanted their babies’ clothes and diapers to be as clean and sanitized as possible. This sounds good and may be acceptable for soap, but 99 and 44/100% pure is not good […]

Reflections on 2018

Reflections on 2018

Another year is coming to an end. As I look back on 2018 I see: Some goals accomplished. Other goals not at all. A bucket list vacation Unexpected repair bills Prayers answered, including some that involved big issues or long-term concerns. Friends and family members passing on despite our prayers. A pet lost and a […]

Spread a Little Holiday Cheer

Spread a Little Holiday Cheer

Tis the season to be jolly! This is my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love the Christmas holiday season. Everyone seems to be a little nicer, a little more generous and a bit more loving. As much as I love this season, I’m often reminded that for many people this is the time […]

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Tool #3, The Jesus Prayer

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Tool #3, The Jesus Prayer

Pray unceasingly. You’ve read that scripture, I’m sure. 1 Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing.” Every few years, I add “To pray more often” to my goals for the new year. But how exactly does one pray without ceasing? I mean really. I know you can’t see that I’m smiling. I meant nothing snarky in those […]

3 Steps to Greater Joy in Your Life

3 Steps to Greater Joy in Your Life

Monotony is a joy-stealer in most women’s lives. Whether it’s the daily grind of heading to the workplace to perform the same tasks, day after day, or the mundane routines of motherhood, a happy life starts to feel like a pipe dream in the midst of the monotony.  Survival becomes the goal, and we forget […]

Preparing My Heart For Christmas

Preparing My Heart For Christmas

It’s after Thanksgiving, and the Christmas season is officially in full swing. Even those of us who staunchly refuse to play Christmas music until Black Friday have truly embraced it. We have an extensive to-do list in our minds at this time of year. Baking and parties and entertaining and of course, getting the best […]

Letter to a New Friend

Letter to a New Friend

I have been wondering how you  are doing. Our mutual friend said she doesn’t talk to you as much as she would like, and most times when I ask how you are, she doesn’t have recent updates. She did tell me that you are going through some pretty difficult times, so I keep praying for […]

Death of a Bouquet

Death of a Bouquet

I love having fresh flowers in my home and will pick up a bouquet whenever I’m at the grocery store. I love roses but usually get the $7.99 – 11.99 bouquet of carnations with a few roses interspersed. My last bunch of flowers lasted more than two weeks. Since they had lived that long, I […]

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 […]