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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Bloom … No Matter What

Bloom … No Matter What

 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11 [KJV] You’ve all heard it … seen it … BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED. Yes? Every time I come across it, the above verse comes too mind. The Apostle Paul, despite everything he experienced. found […]

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Several things came to mind for this blog, but the following won out. Soon I will be moving from this house, this neighborhood, and from this state. I am entering a new chapter of my life. I am returning to my ‘roots’ in northeastern Tennessee, where ancestors settled in early 1800. But I want to […]

We Are All One

We Are All One

As many do, I truly enjoy watching the Olympics whenever they’re on. I feel it’s only right when these athletes devote their whole lives working to achieve making it to and participating in the Olympics that the least we can do is take the time to watch them compete and support them. But besides supporting […]

His Mercies are New Every Morning

His Mercies are New Every Morning

Goal-setting ideas fill pages on magazines and are the topics of talk shows every January. Energetic plans follow for a period of time and then the despair of failure sets in and we give up. We may remember the goals of we didn’t follow through on or the mistakes we made. To keep from wallowing […]

Togetherness

Togetherness

Merry Christmas! From the very beginning of the world, God said it was not good for man to be alone. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.””  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ So after Adam came Eve and a family […]

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

For ten years we were blessed to have our extended family living nearby. We all looked forward to holidays with a houseful of people we loved. Prior to the day, my sister-in-law and I would plan menus and look for new recipes. She is a fabulous cook, so inevitably all the food turned out to […]

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God Can Use our Animals to Teach Us ~ Part 1

God has blessed me with amazing animals and, from stories I’ve read and heard, others feel the same about their own critters. When I was fifteen years old, I learned a lesson in compassion. Our family dog Laddie (pictured above with me when I was ten) became poisoned by consuming dead salmon along our creek. […]

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

My least favorite part of this time of year isn’t the holiday bustle, the cold chill in the air, or the threat of slick roads. Instead, it’s the myriad of germs that seem to find their way into my system repeatedly over the span of fall and winter months. My work as a school library […]

Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Despite the technology available today there are those who despair that their gadget doesn’t do what they want it to, or they don’t have the latest one on the market. Years ago, these inventions didn’t exist and we lived without them and our life went on. This is an example of how human nature is […]

Satisfaction

Satisfaction

Watermelon on a hot day. Clean sheets or a fluffy pillow. Laughter. What do these things have in common? They can all leave us feeling satisfied. However, that feeling of satisfaction is temporary and leaves us wanting more of it or something else that is fleeting and temporary. God created this world with all the […]

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

I’ve kept up with the weather reports of monsterous hurricane Irma. A fellow Christian said the eye of Irma even looks evil. As I write this, my real-time weather map shows winds up to 130 mph at the coast of Florida. All appears evil. Some may perish. Homes will be destroyed. But, as I learned […]

Mapping Your Journey

Mapping Your Journey

                           Mapping Your Journey              At church, we have been looking at the life of Moses, in a series of impactful sermons called Mapping Your Journey. While Moses’ past included roots of a blessed covenant with God, life for his people was drenched […]

5 Unforgettable Hours

5 Unforgettable Hours

I just said goodbye to someone.  We knew for a few days that he was at death’s door.  I’ve lived long enough to know that there are times when death is harsh and ugly.  I’ve also experienced times when I’ve felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in the circumstances and He makes it a special time […]

The Gateway to Greater Joy

The Gateway to Greater Joy

   Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB The rhythmic cadence of my feet pounding the platform of the treadmill felt more like a death march. I stared numbly at the pale blue basement wall, adorned with photos of people I […]

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

One of my favorite authors is Jane Austen, who wrote six novels in the early nineteenth century. She was known for her witty observations about the English manners and society of her time. One famous quote of hers is: Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. As much […]