Nothing Causes Them to Stumble: How to Live Like Jesus

Nothing Causes Them to Stumble: How to Live Like Jesus

Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble. Psalm 119:165 (NASB) Once upon a time, Americans lived in a world where we could discuss contentious topics peacefully. We used logic to debate our points of view, but as I watch the news night after night, civil disagreement no longer […]

The View from the Seventeenth Floor

The View from the Seventeenth Floor

I’m not naturally a glass-half-full kind of person. I’m much more apt to see mountains instead of mole hills and rain clouds rather than rainbows. It takes discipline to hunt for silver linings. But I’m trying. This was a rough week. The end of the first day of 2019 found us halfway between our Wisconsin […]

New Year ~ New Perspectives

New Year ~ New Perspectives

I love the sense of excitement and anticipation the new year brings. There’s just something satisfying in knowing the old is past and something new is coming. It’s a time to reflect and ponder, but also an opportunity to forge ahead and see what the Lord has in store. Looking back over 2018, there are […]

What Does The Future Hold?

What Does The Future Hold?

Just about everyone wants to know the future.  They want to know what will happen in their personal lives and what is in store for the world.  Some people want to know this so badly that they are willing to pay someone to foretell their future!  In a way, we all want to know what […]

Start and End the Year with the Great I AM

Start and End the Year with the Great I AM

The gospel of John gives us a word picture of Jesus as the Son of God. His many faceted attributes are painted for us in natural elements we can identify with. When we hunger Jesus is our food. I am the bread of life (John 6:35). To be nurtured and grow we connect to the […]

A Fate Worse Than Death

A Fate Worse Than Death

Are you afraid of death? I think most of us are—or at least we live as if our top priority is to avoid death at all costs. Just look at all the ads that seem to promise if we just ate properly, exercised properly and avoided enough germs we would have be healthy and happy. […]

Centering Prayer-Tool #4 for your Spiritual Tool Box

Centering Prayer-Tool #4 for your Spiritual Tool Box

Centering prayer is an unusual but most effective prayer tool. A recent negative experience reminded me of the many fruits it has borne within me. We unexpectedly decided it was time to move. A neighbor was making life difficult. Again. For two years we’d endured verbal abuse, rants, and ravings. When things got physical, we […]

For When You’re Weary and Weighted Down

For When You’re Weary and Weighted Down

Ann Voskamp writes, “It’s never the things you carry that hurt you, but how you carry those things.” It sounds like a nice thing to say, a poetic kind of wisdom, but when I’m honest with myself and with God, it feels like what I’m carrying is an unbearably heavy load, and there’s no way […]

Where I Want To Go in 2019

Where I Want To Go in 2019

It’s the end of another year, and time for some self-evaluation. In preparation for a new year, I often come up with some goals or resolutions that I want to work towards. In order to do that, we must honestly assess how well we did this year. At the beginning of 2018, I asked the […]

Seasons, Reasons and Frustrations

Seasons, Reasons and Frustrations

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to reread a set of books that were on the top shelf of a bookcase located above my piano. I didn’t just have books on that shelf; I also had a few knick-knacks that I collected over the years, one a candle in a clear glass holder. […]

The Baby Smiles

The Baby Smiles

“The Little Drummer Boy” is my favorite Christmas carol. Partly for the music. The harmonies are unique. The melody swells to a triumphant climax before plummeting to pianissimo at the finish. But it is the story within the lyrics that captured my heart.   I picture those magnificent magi on their way to give homage […]

Light Effects

Light Effects

I love morning sunlight. I hate morning sunlight when it exposes every streak, smudge, fingerprint and nose print on my windows. Not unlike the effect of Sonlight. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. John 3:19 […]

Amazing

Amazing

An incredible event took place over 2,000 years ago that changed everything.  Our world has never been the same since that spectacular night.  This was a moment in time that was predicted hundreds of years earlier and is still talked about and celebrated to this day.  It is considered the greatest event in history.  It […]

Reflections on 2018

Reflections on 2018

Another year is coming to an end. As I look back on 2018 I see: Some goals accomplished. Other goals not at all. A bucket list vacation Unexpected repair bills Prayers answered, including some that involved big issues or long-term concerns. Friends and family members passing on despite our prayers. A pet lost and a […]

Spread a Little Holiday Cheer

Spread a Little Holiday Cheer

Tis the season to be jolly! This is my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love the Christmas holiday season. Everyone seems to be a little nicer, a little more generous and a bit more loving. As much as I love this season, I’m often reminded that for many people this is the time […]

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Tool #3, The Jesus Prayer

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Tool #3, The Jesus Prayer

Pray unceasingly. You’ve read that scripture, I’m sure. 1 Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing.” Every few years, I add “To pray more often” to my goals for the new year. But how exactly does one pray without ceasing? I mean really. I know you can’t see that I’m smiling. I meant nothing snarky in those […]

3 Steps to Greater Joy in Your Life

3 Steps to Greater Joy in Your Life

Monotony is a joy-stealer in most women’s lives. Whether it’s the daily grind of heading to the workplace to perform the same tasks, day after day, or the mundane routines of motherhood, a happy life starts to feel like a pipe dream in the midst of the monotony.  Survival becomes the goal, and we forget […]

Preparing My Heart For Christmas

Preparing My Heart For Christmas

It’s after Thanksgiving, and the Christmas season is officially in full swing. Even those of us who staunchly refuse to play Christmas music until Black Friday have truly embraced it. We have an extensive to-do list in our minds at this time of year. Baking and parties and entertaining and of course, getting the best […]