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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Want To, Ought To, Need To

Want To, Ought To, Need To

“I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2 (NIV) Have you ever watched an unweaned toddler interact with his mother? Of course he wants her hugs, but his newfound, wobbly independence tends to push her away—until he’s hungry. […]

The Power Within You

The Power Within You

Attention all Christians:  This is a reminder that the amazing, powerful Holy Spirit lives inside of you!  Why do we need to be reminded?  Because as we go through life’s ups and downs, we may forget…. or take for granted …. or simply not understand the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. […]

For When You Wish You Were Different

For When You Wish You Were Different

  A photo of an Olympic sprinter greeted me every morning when I opened my locker as a teen. She had great abs.  I kept the photo there to inspire myself to strive for abs like hers, and every afternoon I went home and did 1,280 crunches.  You don’t forget a number like that. I […]

Dealing with Bitterness

Dealing with Bitterness

“Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.” ~Hebrews 12:14-15 (HCSB) There’s a good chance that at some point in your Christian walk, […]