For Her Price is Far Above Rubies

For Her Price is Far Above Rubies

Nothing is hidden from God. He knows the innermost thoughts of our hearts. I have prayed for years to be married to a saved, sanctified, loving, handsome, prosperous man. I can’t seem to meet the right man for me. I even tried the Christian dating sites and didn’t meet anyone that peaked my interest. I […]

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 […]

Spiritual Tools that Deepen My Friendship with Jesus

Spiritual Tools that Deepen My Friendship with Jesus

I noticed today I was using a chef’s knife incorrectly. I shook my head because I’ve been trained how to use a knife. For twenty-six years with The Pampered Chef, I sold kitchen tools and taught others how to use them. Something distracted me.  Unfocused on what I was doing, I regressed to my old […]

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 […]

Hearing God in the Silence

Hearing God in the Silence

Hearing God in the Silence Moody’s devotional, Today in the Word, recently focused on Hearing God in the Silence. I have kept and reread that issue many times. The devotional reminds us that Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for silence and a time to speak. Both positive and negative aspects of silence were […]

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 […]

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

I lost my mother last month. I lost, but she gained. She gained heaven, a body free from suffering, a reunion with my dad and other loved ones, and most of all the welcoming embrace of Jesus. Death is part of life and when we lose loved ones, it hurts. No matter how prepared we […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are You In Need of Direction?

Are You In Need of Direction?

Sometimes you just need to ask for directions. Personally, when I’m on a road trip and find that I’m unfamiliar with where I’m going I normally designate my passenger to take the directions and help me navigate as I drive. Today, there isn’t a person ( that I know of) driving around without a GPS, […]

Choices

Choices

We make choices every day … but are they always the right ones? We went to the Chinese buffet the other day, and after the meal—where I ate way too much—the server brought the bill on a little tray with a fortune cookie for each of us. When I broke mine open, I saw this: […]

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. […]

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. […]