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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Strength Under Control

Strength Under Control

Have you ever felt like one of your strengths was beginning to drag you down?  A hard worker turns into a workaholic.  A compassionate person no longer sets healthy boundaries.  Success turns into greed.  When strength and blessings are unbridled or uncontrolled, they can become stumbling blocks or even destroy us.  A wild horse is […]

What If We Got What We Deserved?

What If We Got What We Deserved?

Quite often when someone wrongs or offends us, we tend to look the other way and think, “they will get what’s coming to them … and if I’m lucky I can witness”. I recently heard of a great misfortune that happened to someone who had wronged me. My initial thought was “well he got what […]

How do we see(k) Him?

How do we see(k) Him?

I’ve learned one good lesson from hidden image challenges. You know the ones where you are asked to see the hidden face? Once I do this one thing, I soon find the face. Some find hidden faces challenging to see, others find them easily. I’ve looked at enough of these hidden face images over the […]

Be Content

Be Content

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” I have a tiny problem. Maybe you have it to. It’s called the case of the wants. Your parents may have huffed and sighed when they diagnosed you because every TV commercial that came […]

He Leads Us

He Leads Us

Last week I attended an event to support some friends who were taking part. I was there with no agenda other than to hear them speak. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see people I knew and engage in some meaningful conversations. I was so blessed, and one woman said I had unexpectedly encouraged her […]

Faith Through Sickness

Faith Through Sickness

“Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.” Psalms 103:20 (NLT) On more than one occasion I have gone to bed perfectly healthy on Saturday night and awoke Sunday morning with stomach pain, headache, or just not feeling well. During those times I have […]

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. […]

The Power Within You

The Power Within You

Attention all Christians:  This is a reminder that the amazing, powerful Holy Spirit lives inside of you!  Why do we need to be reminded?  Because as we go through life’s ups and downs, we may forget…. or take for granted …. or simply not understand the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. […]

A Sweet Truth

A Sweet Truth

My husband keeps bees and last week the family gathered to help process the honey crop. We got about 170 pounds of honey from three hives—a bountiful harvest. For fun, my husband shared some bee statistics with us. Apparently honey bees fly over fifty-thousand miles to produce one pound of honey, and a single bee […]

Hope

Hope

When “life” happens, it’s not always a good thing. And considering the times we live in, it seems to be steeped in sin and its consequences. Shootings. Deaths. Illnesses. Diseases. Natural Disasters. It’s enough to way us down, to pilfer away all of our hope. When our world looks the way it does, what is […]

Should I Fight Anger?

Should I Fight Anger?

Some psychologists say that it’s unhealthy to stuff down your feelings. They advocate freely expressing your anger. If you are upset, communicate it to others! Otherwise you’ll be emotionally blocked and paralyzed. Our culture tells us we have a “right” to be heard, and they protest in the streets to express their outrage. Anger is […]

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 […]