Still Holding On When It’s Time to Let Go

Still Holding On When It’s Time to Let Go

I discussed the death of a bouquet in my November 21, 2018 post, stating I did not want my bouquet of flowers to wither and pass on. When it comes to letting things go or allowing a loved one to make their eternal transition, many of us behave the way I did with the carnations. […]

Included in God’s Work

Included in God’s Work

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 I am constantly amazed that the God of the universe has chosen to work through us. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally unworthy and […]

What Does The Future Hold?

What Does The Future Hold?

Just about everyone wants to know the future.  They want to know what will happen in their personal lives and what is in store for the world.  Some people want to know this so badly that they are willing to pay someone to foretell their future!  In a way, we all want to know what […]

For When You’re Weary and Weighted Down

For When You’re Weary and Weighted Down

Ann Voskamp writes, “It’s never the things you carry that hurt you, but how you carry those things.” It sounds like a nice thing to say, a poetic kind of wisdom, but when I’m honest with myself and with God, it feels like what I’m carrying is an unbearably heavy load, and there’s no way […]

Where I Want To Go in 2019

Where I Want To Go in 2019

It’s the end of another year, and time for some self-evaluation. In preparation for a new year, I often come up with some goals or resolutions that I want to work towards. In order to do that, we must honestly assess how well we did this year. At the beginning of 2018, I asked the […]

Am I Hoarding My Struggles?

Am I Hoarding My Struggles?

In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. I Corinthians 4:2 When I think of stewardship, I think about managing something that is owned by someone else. I don’t think of my own life in that context, and I especially don’t think of my struggles that way. I think […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Not so Good Good Old Days

The Not so Good Good Old Days

Sometimes we long for those simpler days … those good old days when we think everything was so much better.   But do we really want to go back to Ozzie and Harriet Days? Before antibiotics? Developed initially in the 1930s, I know I’m alive today because of this improvement in medical care. Do we […]