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 […]

Lord, Increase my faith

Lord, Increase my faith

More than once I have hit the rock bottom. More than once I have wanted to give up. More than once I have contemplated giving up my faith and backsliding. More than once I have heard the enemy mock me and call me a failure and good for nothing. More than once I have heard […]

I Have Doubt

I Have Doubt

While watching the morning news today, a local Priest made a statement about the Catholic Church and its handling of Priests who had been accused of inappropriate behavior with minors, he said, “lose faith in the Church but never lose faith in Jesus.” In the movie Doubt, the head Nun made a statement at the […]

Dream

Dream

Dreams. Sometimes life has dealt harshly with us and our desire to dream fades. Perhaps we’ve suffered a harsh rejection and letting go of dreams has kept the ache from worsening. One day, we wake up and realize we’ve stopped hoping that good things will come to pass. Oh, we still believe in God and […]

Fighting Unbelief

Fighting Unbelief

Mark 9:23-24 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Are you struggling with unbelief? How do you know if you are? Those who are struggling with unbelief often show symptoms of […]

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 […]

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 […]