Solid Ground

Solid Ground

You have not given me into the hands of the enemy, but have set my feet in a spacious place. Psalm 31:8 My husband and I love living here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We enjoy hiking and camping and all manner of outdoor activities. While the boys were young we always tried […]

Will There Be Math in Heaven?

Will There Be Math in Heaven?

Math is not my strong suit. I have to smile as I write these words. And I know my husband will be howling with laughter when he reads this. I’m so much NOT a numbers girl, I’m almost handicapped. At least that’s what I’d thought. But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through […]

Who is Applying Your Label?

Who is Applying Your Label?

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. I Corinthians 7:23 We’ve all got them in our lives—people who label us. Sometimes the labels are good. “You’re so smart.” “You’re so beautiful.” “You’re so organized… “talented… “spiritual… “blessed.” These are the labels we like to hear—whether they’re true or not. They […]

Under the Umbrella of God’s Peace

Under the Umbrella of God’s Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 I love rainy days. The rest of my family are sun worshippers, but I look forward to those cozy days, hemmed with rain and raveled in jagged strips of lightning. I especially love walking […]

Struggling with a Wait Problem

Struggling with a Wait Problem

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25 I’m not a very patient person. There, I’ve said it. I hate to wait for something—especially if it’s something important to me. And the world where we live tries to tell us that we don’t need patience. […]

The Myth of Doing It All

The Myth of Doing It All

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 This was one of the first Bible verses I ever memorized. It was a heady verse for someone like me. Someone who loves to say yes for two reasons— the sheer joy of being involved and the fear others wouldn’t like me if […]

Refocusing My Life

Refocusing My Life

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]

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 […]

Into the Storm

Into the Storm

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the […]

The Messiness of Truth Speaking

The Messiness of Truth Speaking

Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15 “Speak the truth in love.” […]

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that […]

You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3 In years past, we’ve been fortunate to spend the week of Thanksgiving at the beach. We rented a house right on the water and all our […]

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 Imagine with me the scene that day. A woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In biblical times, it’s a crime punishable […]

Persistent Patience

Persistent Patience

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Ps 37:7  I heard this phrase several years ago and it stuck with me. Patience, to me, has always seemed like a passive endeavor. Truthfully I equated times of […]

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 We live in the midst of a material world. Everywhere […]

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

A few years ago, I came to the point of a computer crisis. My current computer became a serious source of irritation in my life. Not just the ordinary, I-hate-technology moments we all have, but a big I’m-going-to-have-to-wipe-the-hard-drive-and-start-over sort of situation. To be fair, it wasn’t even a real computer, it was a netbook. I’d […]

The Hands of Jesus

The Hands of Jesus

When I think of Jesus, the image that comes to mind is often hands. I see them as he ministered and as He sacrificed everything for us through His death on the cross. But as I reflect on those precious hands, I realize the story of our Savior’s hands begin much earlier. I believe we […]

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]