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 […]

Relinquishing Control of My Agenda

Relinquishing Control of My Agenda

I recently acquired a young kitten. Her name is Scalliwag (Callie for short). She is cute and snuggly and amusing. She also wreaks havoc with my daily agenda. Like a small child, a ten-week-old kitten requires a lot of supervision to keep it entertained and out of mischief. Since I am the only one home […]

Four Ways to Intentionally Speak Words of Life

Four Ways to Intentionally Speak Words of Life

We put the trip to camp on the calendar and crossed off the white boxes with eager expectation as the weekend drew near. It had been a long winter on pretty much every level, including snowstorms that buried us well into April. When the weekend finally arrived, we hoped the 100 percent chance of rain […]

Walking Alongside

Walking Alongside

The other day I saw the most adorable thing. An older man pulled out a bike for his wife that is best described as an adult tricycle! He helped his wife get on but she was having trouble getting started. After a couple attempts at getting going, he tried it out to make sure nothing […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Do You Glorify God In Your Body and Spirit?

How Do You Glorify God In Your Body and Spirit?

You are not your own – you have been bought with a price! One can glorify God in their body and spirit by: –  Treating yourself ROYALLY. –  Taking care of God’s Property – Your EARTH SUIT. Did you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost who lives in you and you are not your own? […]

Walking in the Gospel of Peace

Walking in the Gospel of Peace

And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15 NKJV). My dad spent over 40 years working as a butcher. He wore a certain pair of shoes  for work because his feet picked up the grease and meat particles that spilled on the floor of the butcher shop. At […]

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 […]