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 […]

The Chords That Bind My Memories

The Chords That Bind My Memories

I think I was born singing. At least that’s what my mother always said.  Although I didn’t grow up to be a famous vocalist or musician, song has been an important part of my life, a part of me I cannot deny. Perhaps why, though now in my seventh decade, I still sing whenever I […]

You are created to enjoy life and to live in freedom

You are created to enjoy life and to live in freedom

Someone has wisely said ‘If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”. If this is true, and I believe it is, then many of us are victims of indecisiveness. I believe there are a lot of people who don’t know what they want in life or why they exist in the first […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uncontainable Joy

Uncontainable Joy

How joyful is the man the Lord will never charge with sin! Romans 4:8 (HCSB)    When I think about uncontainable joy I think of a puppy – full of cheer, squirming uncontrollably with excitement and love for their master. A few years ago, there was a chocolate lab puppy that I saw from time […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

I Will Rejoice

I Will Rejoice

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24 KJV I’ve heard this Scripture hundreds of times. I’ve repeated it to myself many times to remember I need to be thankful for each day. But lately I’ve been pausing and reflecting on “rejoice.” I will rejoice. I […]

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

While shopping the day before Easter, I was reminded of the way we celebrated Easter when I was a child. While we did enjoy baskets of candy and eggs, the attention was focused more on the new clothes we would wear. We wouldn’t dare go to church without a new dress and, yes, white gloves. […]

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Every year I promise myself, this time, I will adjust to winter much better this year. However,  every year it gets harder and harder to endure the winds, cold, rain, sleet, and snow –no matter how many cute outfits I put together. Winter can be harsh, but when I saw the sun peek her face […]

Do You Relate?

Do You Relate?

I was out running errands several times over the last few weeks when I noticed people walking casually into stores and seeing people they knew. Immediately their disposition changed, their voices were animated and they were genuinely excited and engaged with each other. I could overhear a couple conversations where it was obvious it had […]

How High?

How High?

What are you struggling with today? Are you lonely or fearful or discouraged? We all go through various hills and valleys in our Christian walk. We all have seasons and times where it’s harder to feel the joy Jesus promises us. Psalm 103:11 tells us: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so […]

A Simple Joy

A Simple Joy

It’s snowing. I hate wind and cold, but I love sitting in my warm, cozy house, watching my yard become a beautiful snow globe scene. A simple joy. When my husband arrives home from work, I’ll tell him what’s for dinner, and he’ll smile. He loves my cooking, and dinner time is always a pleasurable […]