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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Golden Slope

The Golden Slope

“This is the way! Come with us!” Christians have discovered the path to Treasure, the Golden Slope to heaven. As we scramble up the Golden Slope, we may fall on our faces dozens of times, but we’re heading in the right direction. If only others would follow! Christians want them to know amazing joy. We […]

16 Ways to Satisfy Your Soul

16 Ways to Satisfy Your Soul

The wind-swept mountain offers little reprieve, and I claw my way up the vertical granite rock face. I’m alone at 11,000 feet, and it hasn’t occurred to me that this might be a bad idea.  I’m young and invincible, and all I want to do is seek the next summit – encounter the next thrill. […]

How Different Does Your Life Look?

How Different Does Your Life Look?

Believers in Christ are told that we are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. That is the purpose behind being baptized. But how different does your life look from others around you? “…Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]