Walking in the Gospel of Peace

Walking in the Gospel of Peace

And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15 NKJV). My dad spent over 40 years working as a butcher. He wore a certain pair of shoes  for work because his feet picked up the grease and meat particles that spilled on the floor of the butcher shop. At […]

How Different Does Your Life Look?

How Different Does Your Life Look?

Believers in Christ are told that we are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. That is the purpose behind being baptized. But how different does your life look from others around you? “…Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hearing God in the Silence

Hearing God in the Silence

Hearing God in the Silence Moody’s devotional, Today in the Word, recently focused on Hearing God in the Silence. I have kept and reread that issue many times. The devotional reminds us that Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for silence and a time to speak. Both positive and negative aspects of silence were […]

It Takes Courage to Say “No”

It Takes Courage to Say “No”

Therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him. Esther 1:2 (KJV)  When we read and study the book of Esther, we tend to focus on Esther’s courage of going to the king without being summoned. Vashti was a courageous female also. She was the king’s first wife who was entertaining her […]

Our Refuge

Our Refuge

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”   ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬   I’ve always felt a strong connection to God through nature. I feel close to God when I’m viewing His creation whether blue skies, a starry night, the rolling waves of an ocean […]

Want To, Ought To, Need To

Want To, Ought To, Need To

“I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2 (NIV) Have you ever watched an unweaned toddler interact with his mother? Of course he wants her hugs, but his newfound, wobbly independence tends to push her away—until he’s hungry. […]

Praying for Single Mothers

Praying for Single Mothers

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5 (NKJV) Happy Sunday Morning – I’m thinking about single parents struggling to raise sons and daughters on their own this morning. The above verses […]

Got Jesus?

Got Jesus?

Recently I “inherited” a shirt with the words “Got Jesus?” across the front of it. The white lettering stands out clearly against the pure black background. As I slipped the shirt on for the first time and started for town, a sobering though struck me. Everyone I came across would read the words and immediately […]

Cease Striving

Cease Striving

We are preparing to move from the home we have known for almost 20 years and venture to a new state almost 1000 miles away. The preparations have been stressful, exhausting and some days downright exasperating! We have yet to sell our current house…stressful; we have yet to finish packing…exhausting; and my husband has yet […]

Praising God Through the Generations

Praising God Through the Generations

Last month I wrote about savoring precious family moments, and I reminisced about my days as a baseball mom. This month, I have to share a recent family moment, one which I hope to remember with joy for the rest of my days. A moment of generations, of love for God and for each other. […]

When God Holds Our Hand

When God Holds Our Hand

I am the Lord your God. I am holding your right hand. And I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13, ICB The International Children’s Bible version of Isaiah 41:13 captures the tone of God’s voice talking to His child, the gentleness of a father leaning down, taking the small, trusting […]

A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) As women come out with the #metoo movement, discussing sexual harassment, assaults, and abuse that has been perpetrated for decades, I thought about the scripture above. There is a season, time, and purpose for everything. This […]

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Before I became an author, I used to travel often to visit my team leaders or attend conferences. Airports are one of the greatest places to people watch. The cross sections of nationalities, cultures, races, body types and personalities provide endless opportunities to marvel at God’s creativity and our human quirkinesses. As I sat in […]