So very thankful…but one day!

Oh that moment, I walk in the door at my parents’ home. Turkey cooking. Dressing baking. The aroma of delicious anticipation floating through the house. I want it to last forever. There’s something so wonderful about slowing down and savoring our blessings. Though our earthly blessings are fleeting, there are hints of heaven in everyContinue reading “So very thankful…but one day!”

So, who do you NOT want to pray for today?

Paul had just talked of waging the good warfare, and continues in his first letter to exhort Timothy, first of all, to PRAY. (1 Tim 2:1). I thought about how this first letter to Timothy is doctrine that is meant to be applied to our every day lives. We are to always, first of all,Continue reading “So, who do you NOT want to pray for today?”

Do you love someone walking a hard road?

Are you watching someone you love walk a hard road? Last night, my husband and I joined many other volunteers to collect 1153 Tiny Trees to be disbursed to kids staying at our local Children’s Hospital. Our community dropped off so many trees that our local Meals on Wheels and nursing homes will receive someContinue reading “Do you love someone walking a hard road?”

As he raised his hands, I cried.

The service had already started when two men helped him through the side door. The old man’s legs did not seem to want work on that cold Sunday morning as they half-carried him toward the front. We all kept singing, but tears filled my eyes as I watched him stumble as he tried to willContinue reading “As he raised his hands, I cried.”

Church Basements. Holy Places.

They are holy places.Church basements. As I walked down the stairs, my shoes clicked on the cold concrete floors, and I ran my fingers on the painted concrete block walls. This wasn’t the church I had grown up in, but it sure reminded me of, when as a child, I had clicked my patent leatherContinue reading “Church Basements. Holy Places.”

Remember what He has done so you can keep walking forward.

When we remember God’s faithfulness in the past, it encourages us to walk forward in the hard things we face today. Peter reminds us in his letter that the prophets of old had spent their lives searching carefully for the salvation and that it had come through Jesus— just like God said it would. (1Continue reading “Remember what He has done so you can keep walking forward.”

Pain Places

I originally shared this several years ago, but felt led to share it again for myself, and maybe for someone else who stumbles across it today. I still live in the same town where my first husband took his life. My life still takes me to the place where the detectives told me they hadContinue reading “Pain Places”

Yesterday was a hard day, but THIS happened…

Yesterday, I had to fight to remember truth. Did you? But you know, it’s not a battle we fight on our own. Yesterday, I got up and read my Bible like I normally do. But after turning on the election news, turning it off again, looking at Twitter, and talking to family members, the sadContinue reading “Yesterday was a hard day, but THIS happened…”

I need God, right now.

I don’t know how to say this except to say it—there are plenty of days my strength seems small. Just yesterday, I shared some deep truths about God on this page from the book of Job. But, I’ve been feeling a little down over the state of our country and decided to go ahead andContinue reading “I need God, right now.”

When the Hard Things Pile Up

Sometimes, the hard things pile up, and we can feel like Job. Even those who don’t read the Bible know about the tragedies of Job. In the midst of it all, the Bible tells us, Job walked forward, but could not see God. He looked backward, but could not perceive Him. (Job 23:8) Where wasContinue reading “When the Hard Things Pile Up”

“You look like sisters”

I’m flat out happier because I know them. I was with one of them last night when someone remarked, “You two look like sisters.” I responded, “Well, we’ve grown up together these last twenty-five years.” And we have. Though we aren’t related genetically by blood, we are deeply connected by the blood of the Lamb;Continue reading ““You look like sisters””

You don’t need a title when you have a calling!

Her presence filled the room like royalty. She held the mop like a queen’s scepter as she prepared to clean the hospital restroom. I immediately noticed her dazzling smile as our eyes met and something in me told me she was a daughter of the King. (Have you ever wondered if God has given usContinue reading “You don’t need a title when you have a calling!”

You know it’s going to be okay, right?

One week from today, our country will have a very important midterm election. You know it’s going to be okay though, right? Oh, our world may get harder.Our country may continue to look very different and perhaps become even weaker on the world stage. But as I think about all this, I also remember thatContinue reading “You know it’s going to be okay, right?”

One Way to Recognize a False Teacher

I heard a pastor once say, “You can’t preach peace to those who walk in disobedience.” The truth is, as much as we want others to experience the rivers of peace we know because of Christ; those who insist on walking their own way, in disobedience to the ways of God, will never experience theContinue reading “One Way to Recognize a False Teacher”

Our world is in need of HEROES of the FAITH!

Paul says,”hold such men in esteem” (Phil 2:29) Hold such men in esteem. What kind of men? Well, men and women like Epaphroditus. Epaphroditus didn’t only have a strange name, he was a rare one. He’s only mentioned once in the Bible (Phil 2:25). But this much is clear from the text, Epaphroditus was rare,Continue reading “Our world is in need of HEROES of the FAITH!”

Feeling down? Have you tried this?

It’s hard to look at our world right now and not feel discouraged. Friend, after friend, have told me they have turned off the news. I think many of us, who believe the Bible, and seek to live by Biblical principles, are increasingly feeling like aliens and strangers here as right is called “wrong” andContinue reading “Feeling down? Have you tried this?”

Longing for some PEACE in this day?

Over and over again we are a people (I am a “people”) who fight against our circumstances–the irritations, the delays, the things that just don’t seem to be going our way. But God. He is in control.He is orchestrating the very minutes of our days. It’s all in His Hands. And over and over again–theseContinue reading “Longing for some PEACE in this day?”

A FRIGHTENING dream. A victorious NAME!

I know, in the Bible, God spoke to His people through dreams. I’m certainly not suggesting that this is what happened the other night; but I am certainly not saying our Father could not speak this way today, should He choose to do so, either. I am also not sure if my dream was not,Continue reading “A FRIGHTENING dream. A victorious NAME!”

Questions and Verses for when TROUBLE comes your way—

Unless the very REAL, faithful Father had been my help and hope in my times of trouble, I would have given up. No matter what you are facing, The Most High is with you. Run to Him. Psalm 94 :17-19 God laid these questions and verses (below) on my heart a while back. I thoughtContinue reading “Questions and Verses for when TROUBLE comes your way—”

Sometimes, I just have to set my Bible study down.

Sometimes I have to set my Bible study down and simply WORSHIP. Oh, I love to learn of Him. But there is a place in my soul overwhelmed by more of Him than words could ever express… head bowed down, hands held high to the MORE THAN I CAN IMAGINE GOODNESS of OUR GOD! IContinue reading “Sometimes, I just have to set my Bible study down.”