Pray Until You Get a Response

Pray Until You Get a Response

 “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Luke 18:5 (KJV) I’m sure many of you have heard the story about the persistent widow in Luke 18. Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. […]

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 […]

Grace Brings God’s Rest

Grace Brings God’s Rest

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new (NKJV). We become a new creation spiritually, but our humanity still strives to please God by works. We hear man-made rules with the intent of […]

Are You a Strong Woman?

Are You a Strong Woman?

The other day I listened to a podcast featuring several best-selling thriller writers discussing their strong female characters. They talked about female characters who were cops, private detectives, and adventurers—characters who demonstrated they were tough, strong women. What caught my attention was that several times these authors commented that women who filled more traditional female roles […]

You Are So Loved!

You Are So Loved!

Do you believe that? I admit, it’s a struggle for me. I was raised in a home where I didn’t feel much love or affection. Most of the time I felt like an unwanted annoyance and was simply tolerated. Even today, my now-elderly parents communicate with me in an almost polite, businesslike manner. They are […]

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 […]

Our Days Are Already Numbered

Our Days Are Already Numbered

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…..” (Proverbs 9:10 NIV) God has a panoramic view of our lives – past, present, and future – and knows what the future holds for us. All of us are trying to make the right choices and make godly decisions; conclusions that please God and will […]

Are You a Proverbs 31 Woman?

Are You a Proverbs 31 Woman?

  As a young mother in her early twenties, I participated in a Bible study on the Proverbs 31 Woman. I was a baby Christian, and I desperately wanted to become this woman of wisdom. Every few years, I look back and see how I’ve grown with the Lord’s help. Below are the questions I’ve […]

The Answer is the Trial

The Answer is the Trial

David knew the definition of “trial” many times in his life. But he also knew, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?” Ps. 27:1 Psalm 27 is a well-known piece of Biblical poetry. I have read […]

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 […]

Can’t trust ’em

Can’t trust ’em

Just go with your gut Trust your heart If it feels good do it Listen to your heart Follow your dreams We see these phrases on wall hangings, social media memes, and T-shirts. It all sounds so nice. They all imply that our emotions can be trusted. After all, your heart would never lead you […]

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 […]

Are You Surprised by Opposition?

Are You Surprised by Opposition?

In a recent sermon the pastor made the statement: A Christian should expect to be at odds with their culture. It wasn’t a novel concept, but the bluntness of the statement got me thinking… I sometimes find myself being surprised that the world around me is at such odds with my worldview. I entertain the […]

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 […]

How do we see(k) Him?

How do we see(k) Him?

I’ve learned one good lesson from hidden image challenges. You know the ones where you are asked to see the hidden face? Once I do this one thing, I soon find the face. Some find hidden faces challenging to see, others find them easily. I’ve looked at enough of these hidden face images over the […]

How to Ravish God’s Heart

How to Ravish God’s Heart

  You have ravished my heart, My sister, my spouse; You have ravished my heart With one look of your eyes Song of Solomon 4:9 NKJV The June air is thin and brisk. It stings my lungs, and I pull my fleece jacket around my neck to keep the chill out.  Towering granite peaks surround […]

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 […]