When The Battle Feels Hard

My daughter, Abi, wrote this a few years back. This truth is a powerful, keep-you-going reminder— I felt alone. Sad, disheartened, fighting back tears-very much like an alien and stranger though surrounded by others my age as I sat in my Contemporary Moral Issues Philosophy class, at the University of Tennessee, listening to my classmatesContinue reading “When The Battle Feels Hard”

Monday Morning Hope

Honestly when I take my eyes off Jesus, I get off base. When I look at this world, it’s the same. When I look to Jesus, it is there, and only there that my thinking becomes clear. There is only ONE hope for man. There is only One Name by which man may be saved.Continue reading “Monday Morning Hope”

I’m convinced of this…

We all want rest for our souls. But many are spinning, struggling, down and depressed. Jesus said, “Come to me when you labor and are heavy laden”(Matt 11:28) When.Not IF. And the thing is, it is possible to labor and not be heavy laden IF our labor is for the Lord. For when I knowContinue reading “I’m convinced of this…”

If tomorrow never comes…

It’s 9/11.And we ought to all stop.And remember. Today, we should think about those who died —the heroes who ran in and those trapped, huddled in fear. It took five years to build the twin towers. It took 102 minutes from the first impact on the north tower for them both to fall. In 102Continue reading “If tomorrow never comes…”

Why I’m doing what I’m doing-my prayer right now

As I work to tediously compile things I’ve written before for a devotional book, I’ve asked myself why I’m doing what I’m doing. I do believe God has called me to do so, but the fact is, I simply believe God is what we need. Every day.We can’t let up.We can’t quit seeking Him.We can’tContinue reading “Why I’m doing what I’m doing-my prayer right now”

Are you raising kids who will be able to stand in hard days?

This remains one of the most shared things I’ve ever written. In these hard days, I felt it important to share again. It’s hard truth, but there is HOPE! —- They are some of the most miserable people I know–young adults who haven’t really picked a side. They try to live in two worlds—the oneContinue reading “Are you raising kids who will be able to stand in hard days?”

The Most High Rules

It may not seem like it. You may not feel like it, as we watch political figures and celebrities on stages shaking their fists at the ways of God demanding they know best to rule. But the truth is, THE MOST HIGH rules!! Long ago, King Nebuchadnezzar told Daniel the words he had heard inContinue reading “The Most High Rules”

Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act. Keep telling it.

I’m sure you know them. I know them too. The few, the brave, the persecuted for the faith. Just yesterday, I talked with three friends working in three different Crisis Pregnancy Centers across the country. They are under attack by those who do not want the truth told about abortion or the hope of lifeContinue reading “Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act. Keep telling it.”

Questions to Ask Yourself When Trouble Comes

I woke up earlywith my troubles,and the troublesof those I love,so very much,on my mind. Again. My heart hurts. I know God teaches so much more in the hard times than He does in the “easy days”. But how do we go from knowing that to actually seeing God in the midst of the trial,Continue reading “Questions to Ask Yourself When Trouble Comes”

It’s exhausting, but keep going!

Paul described parenting his spiritual children as “again being in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19) What a description of Christ-centered parenting and discipleship. It is wrestling, anguish, and frustration. It is asking the Lord to help you know when to speak and when to be quiet. It’s fightingContinue reading “It’s exhausting, but keep going!”

Is it worth it?

If I’m honest, some days I wonder if the hard days are worth it. I’ve uttered, more than once, when the trouble around me feels deep, “Oh Lord, won’t you just come on and get us?” But then, as He does so often, at just the right time, right when I need it, God willContinue reading “Is it worth it?”

When you don’t have the perfect picture

We are a people desperate to be reminded of the hope we have. Our flesh forgets. Our souls become downcast. Our eyes forget to look beyond the here and now. We struggle to remember God can make a way when our limited imaginations can’t fathom any possible way. And we, who possess eternal hope, spiralContinue reading “When you don’t have the perfect picture”

Fear’s great lie…

Fear is a liar. But what is fear’s great lie? —That God really won’t be enough for me. But God says, “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. (Isa 41:10)Continue reading “Fear’s great lie…”

Is the Antichrist among us?

As a little girl, I remember listening while my older relatives talked about the Antichrist. Honestly, it scared me. As I’ve grown up, I’ve searched the Scriptures, watched the news, and tried to figure out who it could be, and if he has appeared on the scene. John tells us, it is the last hourContinue reading “Is the Antichrist among us?”

The first step to REAL freedom.

Understanding the gravity of our sin is the first step to freedom. Let’s stop with the cheap grace. Let’s stop sugarcoating sin. It has never helped anyone to think their sin isn’t that bad. Let’s be real.Let’s be honest. The only real help, and hope, for anyone is to know Jesus saw you at yourContinue reading “The first step to REAL freedom.”

A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…

Entering Jerusalem, the Savior wept. Not for the Cross He would face, but for the people. I wonder if tears filled His eyes as He heard the laughter of children playing, laughter that soon would be silenced as Jerusalem would be laid siege. The people who had rejected Him would face judgment. Judgment would comeContinue reading “A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…”

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…”

Some questions I’m asking myself.

If I’m trying to please men, I can’t walk worthy of the God who calls me. (Read Thessalonians 2:4-12) It’s so easy to want others to affirm us, to like us, to praise us. We long for position and power. And those in ministry are not immune. Book sales, social media likes, twitter followers, speakingContinue reading “Some questions I’m asking myself.”

Jesus. Not the latest worldly solution.

Go ahead and look in the mirror.You cannot trust that person. You probably already know that.Maybe you’ve been trying to deny it. Jesus told the parable in Luke 18 to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt…(Luke 18:9) Those two things—trusting in yourself and treating others with contemptContinue reading “Jesus. Not the latest worldly solution.”

Many of us are grieving…

This morning, I’m thinking back to words my sister-in-law said to me late last year 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 somethingContinue reading “Many of us are grieving…”