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 […]

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 […]

Uncontainable Joy

Uncontainable Joy

How joyful is the man the Lord will never charge with sin! Romans 4:8 (HCSB)    When I think about uncontainable joy I think of a puppy – full of cheer, squirming uncontrollably with excitement and love for their master. A few years ago, there was a chocolate lab puppy that I saw from time […]

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. […]

Cease Striving

Cease Striving

We are preparing to move from the home we have known for almost 20 years and venture to a new state almost 1000 miles away. The preparations have been stressful, exhausting and some days downright exasperating! We have yet to sell our current house…stressful; we have yet to finish packing…exhausting; and my husband has yet […]

Letting Go Is Hard

Letting Go Is Hard

A few weeks ago my twenty-something son headed off with friends on a backpacking trip in Yosemite. The logical part of my brain was delighted that he had this opportunity to explore such a beautiful spot. The maternal part of my brain immediately began to consider all the potential dangers: grizzly attack, hypothermia, lightning strike, […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

Is God Holding Out On Me?

Is God Holding Out On Me?

We all may have asked this question, especially when there is something that we really want or need and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us.  God has the power to provide so why doesn’t He just give us the thing we’re hoping or praying for?  If we’re not careful, our thoughts might […]

Am I Fearful or Am I Trusting?

Am I Fearful or Am I Trusting?

I’m not struggling with fear. I wouldn’t call it that. It’s more of an uncertainty about the future. I’m not really sure where things are headed. When you come right down to it, maybe I’m not trusting God. There’s an adventure I’m embarking on. I’ve made a commitment of time, effort and money that I’m […]

A Sure Thing

A Sure Thing

Approximately ninety million Americans are willing to plunk down their hard-earned cash on the chance of winning big bucks in the lottery. What are the odds? According to Kevin Breuninger of CNBC, something like one in three hundred million for Powerball or Mega Millions! If you’re only looking to win a moderately hefty sum, your […]

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

When I was a little girl, I attended an after school Bible club across the street.  One day, as the program was ending, the leader told all of the kids to line up to pray with her and ask Jesus into our hearts.  Since it appeared that we weren’t going to go home for dinner […]

God Knows Our Hearts

God Knows Our Hearts

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your […]

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

I know how to play chess. Which means I understand the objective, I know how the pieces move around the board, and I’m lucky if I can see two moves ahead in the game. Any strategy I devise is usually thwarted by an unexpected move from my opponent. I am not a chess master. People […]

Staying Connected to the Power Source

Staying Connected to the Power Source

I never realized how important staying connected was until my husband and I took a three day, two night trip to Shawnee National Forest for our twentieth wedding Anniversary. Though a mere three and a half hour drive from our home, it was the first time we had left our teenage sons by themselves overnight, […]

Where is God’s Justice?

Where is God’s Justice?

Do you ever wonder why God doesn’t just zap people when they are hurting others?  If someone is killing or robbing people, why doesn’t God just strike that person down, as with a bolt of lightning?  How can He let people get away with evil? The problem is that our sense of justice is not […]

A New Year?

A New Year?

It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of the second month of 2018 already. Are you one of those who likes to make New Year’s resolutions? If so, how are you doing with your goals for the year? A lot of years I don’t make resolutions, but I do come […]

Eyewitness

Eyewitness

When someone claims to have seen or heard something firsthand, we may believe it or we may not.  But, if a second person comes to us and says he has seen and heard that same thing, we will be more likely to believe them.  The more people that have witnessed the same event, the more […]