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 […]

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 […]

For Such a Time As This–What’s YOUR Assignment?

For Such a Time As This–What’s YOUR Assignment?

I first became aware of a world outside my family in sixth grade. I saw America heading for a culture similar to the debauched Roman Empire of two thousand years previous. A culture of hedonism, living for self, instead of the ideals that had once made it strong. ESTHER’S ASSIGNMENT Four hundred years before that, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Seize Your Hope

Seize Your Hope

What kind of hope do you have?  Is it a feeling of waiting expectantly for a certain event to happen?  Or, is it wanting something so much that you anticipate it… pin your hopes on it?   Having hope is a good feeling.  It gives us something to hold onto while we’re waiting for what we […]

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 […]

Ordinary Men and Women

Ordinary Men and Women

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (NIV)   This is one of my favorite verses in the New Testament. My preacher spoke on this passage on Sunday. I’ve […]