Are you grieving the better days of this country?

This morning, I’m thinking back to words my sister-in-law said to me as we prepared for a baby shower. They are increasingly true. Before all the guests arrived, Shauna, who is a prayer warrior and dear friend to me, talked about all that is going on in our world. She said something that struck meContinue reading “Are you grieving the better days of this country?”

So, how well is your husband measuring up?

Husbands love your wives and do not be bitter towards them. (Col 3:19) And the Greek word Paul used for LOVE here is a really big deal— “Agapao does not denote affection or romantic attachment; it rather denotes caring love, a deliberate attitude of mind that concerns itself with the well-being of the one loved.”Continue reading “So, how well is your husband measuring up?”

Our problems come when we live like this world is all there is.

Temporary problems can get us all down. But we need to have our theology straight in order to not get consumed by them. There have always been those who want to take away from the Bible and those who want to add to it. When Paul wrote his letter, many of the Christians in ColosseContinue reading “Our problems come when we live like this world is all there is.”

Every person you meet today is an immortal being

Paul sat in a Roman prison suffering. Yet, he rejoiced (Col 1:24) because he knew the HOPE of glory (Col 1:27)—Christ in us!! Paul was not only able to rejoice as he focused on Christ in that prison but the work of Christ grew in Paul as he focused on others. Others. Oh, I suspectContinue reading “Every person you meet today is an immortal being”

We aren’t those who shrink back!

The words of Hebrews 10:39 kept coming to me-“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” We, who have faith, are not of those who shrink back. We are not of those who draw back. We are those who believe.And keepContinue reading “We aren’t those who shrink back!”

For Those in the Battle

But each of them will tell you their strength is not their own.  Human love would have walked away long ago. Jesus is the source of their strength and their love.  Daily they run to and place their hope in the One True King who will right all the wrongs, heal all the wounds andContinue reading “For Those in the Battle”

Let’s read Colossians!

The Apostle Paul sat in a prison, praying always for a church he’d not planted nor ever visited. He picks up his pen and writes one of the most famous letters ever composed to a church in the small declining town of Colosse. But this letter, to this church, is now forever part of ourContinue reading “Let’s read Colossians!”

Thinking of exercising?

About this time every year, I start thinking about diet and exercise. Anybody else? But you know, the Bible says strenuous spiritual exercise is better than physical exercise. And if ever, we need to be spiritually strong, it’s now, in these crazy times we are living. Paul says to “exercise yourself toward godliness” (4:7). TheContinue reading “Thinking of exercising?”

If you want your kids to have REAL HOPE, do this…

Strong godly character that brings blessing to both the individual, and the community at large, comes from applying God’s Word to our lives in a way that behavior is impacted. And here’s something to note – in a world where feelings are emphasized over truth, godly characteristics come from the discipline of applying biblical truthContinue reading “If you want your kids to have REAL HOPE, do this…”

Words from the Old Preacher Teacher

I needed to read these words from the old preacher-teacher, Oswald Chambers, today (pictured with his daughter)– “Put Trust in God First. Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutelyContinue reading “Words from the Old Preacher Teacher”

God is doing what He promised.

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”. (Luke 18:27) No seriously, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) Lately, I see so much that seems impossible. Will our country ever come together in unity? Will we stop celebrating what God calls sin? You know theContinue reading “God is doing what He promised.”

Don’t you want it to last all year long? It can.

The Christmas tree lights sparkle in the early morning dark. The candle flame dances. The smell of pine and cinnamon fill my home. I sit snuggled under a red Christmas blanket, piping hot coffee in my mug, my Bible in my lap. Sweet moments to savor. Christmas is almost here. Once again, it has comeContinue reading “Don’t you want it to last all year long? It can.”

Have you felt like a broken Christian? Have you questioned God’s goodness?

Have you ever doubted God is real? And if He’s real, is He near? And if He’s near, is He good? Have you felt like a broken Christian as you questioned? I struggled about writing those sentences. I don’t want to cause anyone, who hasn’t questioned, to question. But, I know, for most Christians, thereContinue reading “Have you felt like a broken Christian? Have you questioned God’s goodness?”

Peace. What’s it really?

Jesus is our peace. It’s sounds like such a calm, relaxing, silent night, kind of word. But to better understand we need to think of peace as in terms of war …war and peace. The Bible says, we were God’s enemies. (Rom 5:10) Not just lost or confused or mistaken. We were hostile to God.Continue reading “Peace. What’s it really?”

What about you?

The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall from the ceiling as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to HimselfContinue reading “What about you?”

Don’t understand? Do you realize Christmas is a time to celebrate just such a thing?

So many, who so powerfully and effectively preach and teach the Word, actually have to live it while walking really hard roads. This seems inherently unfair. Couldn’t they be immune from problems and pain? Why do they get cancer, and rebellious kids, and unfaithful spouses? Why wouldn’t a Mighty God protect those who seek Him,Continue reading “Don’t understand? Do you realize Christmas is a time to celebrate just such a thing?”

Are you hurting?

I’ve began to understand what King David meant when he said, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Psalm 23:5) IN THE PRESENCE. The battle was STILL raging, the suffering real, but David found a table full of God’s blessings right in the middle of the war zone! I watchedContinue reading “Are you hurting?”

When your life DISAPPOINTS you

I had been walking with Jesus in real relationship just a few short years when my husband, whom I loved so very much, committed suicide and left me caring for our chronically ill one-year-old and three-year-old sons. My life had turned out far from what I had planned or expected. As much as I hadContinue reading “When your life DISAPPOINTS you”

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?”