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 […]

The confidence we have

The confidence we have

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need ~ Hebrews 4:16 NIV Esther, the queen, risked death itself when she went to see the king without being summoned. To appear before the king at that time, […]

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Before I became an author, I used to travel often to visit my team leaders or attend conferences. Airports are one of the greatest places to people watch. The cross sections of nationalities, cultures, races, body types and personalities provide endless opportunities to marvel at God’s creativity and our human quirkinesses. As I sat in […]

When God Answers, “Not Now”

When God Answers, “Not Now”

One of the hardest places to be as a Christian is in a holding pattern; or in between seasons. For me personally, I’ve found this season hard because when I was younger in my faith, I always had a hard time discerning the voice of God during these times. I learned from experience, when in […]

The Size of My Prayer Requests

The Size of My Prayer Requests

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 For many years, I prayed and spoke through wall built on a lie. I used to categorize my requests […]

Praying with Perspective

Praying with Perspective

“Please heal my loved one, Lord!” I prayed…for probably the 300th time in my life.  The healing that I desired for this person was just not being given by my gracious Father, and I was aching inside as years passed and no change came for them.  I was journaling about how difficult it was for […]

Piano Blessings

Piano Blessings

Philippians 4:13 “My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” I have been teaching piano lessons for almost fifty years. There was one short period when I had close to fifty students, but when General Motors closed a nearby plant in 2009, I lost a lot of […]

The Perfect Prayer

The Perfect Prayer

When I was a kid and going to Sunday school, we talked about the right way to pray. Perfect prayers. It was about kneeling and being sincere. You didn’t raise your voice in frustration. You didn’t pray about “dumb” things. You prayed about taking care of people (bless mommy and daddy and grandma) and you […]

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 […]

Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14 Hurry and peace must surely be antonyms. They aren’t listed in my hefty antonym book for writers, but I suspect it is just an omission. John Ortberg shares in his book Soul Keeping that his […]

Choose the Adventure

Choose the Adventure

“Many people are so preoccupied with future plans and decisions that they fail to see choices they need to make today. Without any conscious awareness, they make their habitual responses. People who live this way find a dullness creeping into their lives. They sleepwalk through their days, following well-worn paths of routine. I, the Creator […]

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 […]

When I am Afraid

  When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3 I was not sure he would return. My husband had gone to lead a Bible Study in a secret church, in a place where following Jesus was illegal. The little flock that gathered every week to hear the word was relentlessly brave. They […]

Making Time to Rest in His Affection

Making Time to Rest in His Affection

  I typically aim to accomplish approximately 762 distinguishable tasks every day. Some tasks blend from one to another, like the way eating lunch seems to blend with prepping dinner – both of which happen at about two o’clock every afternoon.  But the majority of the day’s assignments stack up quickly and leave me with little […]

God Was In the Details

God Was In the Details

My friend agreed to host a high-school Chinese student for the school year. She had had a young Chinese girl in her home before and was looking forward to this experience also. She had even made a trip to China to visit this student after she returned home. However, just days before the new student’s […]

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dusty, cracked and void of any moisture, the bones lying in the valley Ezekiel peered across had no hope. How could something so dead ever live again? (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Even the buzzards had given up on having another morsel of food from the stick-like remains lying on the parched earth. Can these bones live? Ezekiel […]

How Do I Pray in Agreement With God’s Will?

How Do I Pray in Agreement With God’s Will?

One way of guaranteeing your prayers will be answered is to pray in agreement with God’s will! Many times, we have already DECIDED how we want the prayer to be answered. We have already determined OUR will in the matter and try to get God to co-sign our prayers. Or we ASSUME what God wants […]

Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with my small group. And one of the sermons was about Sowing and Reaping based on Galatians 6:7-10. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own […]