Hold on! One day this mourning will be turned into DANCING!

Just a little over a week ago, my husband held me and we danced. What a blessing it was. But, I have cried lately too—about Afghanistan, about a friend’s little daughter dying of cancer, and other friends who have lost loved ones to this pandemic. I have spoken with many others dealing with hard, stressfulContinue reading “Hold on! One day this mourning will be turned into DANCING!”

Hey, don’t forget where REAL hope is found!!

I can’t remember what had caused me to fear way back then, I just remember her response. Oh, how I miss my wise friend. She’s with Jesus now. She told me, “When the world is crazy, when you don’t know what to do, draw closer to Jesus. Be prepared to give an answer for theContinue reading “Hey, don’t forget where REAL hope is found!!”

No Matter How Hard-here’s some HOPE!

These are hard days.But we can count on God.We can STILL count on God.He’s calling the shots. Remember, one-fifth of the books of the Bible are prophetic in nature. God tells us things that will happen, before they happen,and what He will do,before He does it. The book of Daniel is one of the mostContinue reading “No Matter How Hard-here’s some HOPE!”

May we NOT SLEEP!

I read multiple accounts yesterday of believers in Afghanistan literally running for their lives, being hunted by the enemy. Oh, but friends, the same is happening here in ways we cannot so easily see. The evil one is crouching at our doors looking for whom he might devour. (I Peter 5:8) Be sober. Be alert.Continue reading “May we NOT SLEEP!”

In all the confusion, remember this.

The truth is, we don’t know what to do. This virus has us all struggling. No one has found a solution, and many are divided in all the confusion. We look to the government for answers, and, well, they can’t seem to keep their story straight. Everyone is affected either directly or indirectly by thisContinue reading “In all the confusion, remember this.”

These hard days may get harder, but….

It’s getting pretty tough to live in this lost world where so many deny Jesus is the Christ. They seem to reason ,” If I refuse to believe Jesus is the Christ, then he can’t be “boss” of me, I can reject his ways, and go my own way”. But they are lying to themselves.Continue reading “These hard days may get harder, but….”

There will always be things about God I don’t understand.

There will always be things about God that I don’t understand. Things I can’t explain. Right now, in my life, in the lives of those I know and love, there are hard things happening that just don’t make sense to me. I can’t write the devotional and tell you just how God is bringing beautyContinue reading “There will always be things about God I don’t understand.”

Have you wondered this about God?

For years, I’ve felt like I’ve had this down-“Do not love the world or things in the world.” (1 John 2:15) I’m not into the culture or cling to its’ immorality. I love my church. I read my Bible. I don’t watch bad movies. You know, I feel like I don’t love the world andContinue reading “Have you wondered this about God?”

Tough stuff? This will help you.

I sat with Dad this week as he lay waiting for his blood thinners to get out of his system so his surgeon could work on his fractured hip. His arm is also broken and in a sling. He would drift off to sleep, but every little movement would cause him to cry out inContinue reading “Tough stuff? This will help you.”

When It’s Dark

We grabbed our bag chairs out of the back of the truck and walked toward the trail. Rain was dripping from the trees and night was coming. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but for years we had heard about the mysterious, beautiful synchronous fireflies in our nearby Smoky Mountains. We walked a shortContinue reading “When It’s Dark”

Don’t give the enemy this.

Paul says though he is free, he has made himself a servant in order to win more souls to the Lord. (1Cor 9:19). Paul is encouraging those wayward Corinthians to remember they have a purpose that extends far beyond seeking their own happiness through sin or the freedoms they have over the law. Paul comparesContinue reading “Don’t give the enemy this.”

Do you ever feel like you do more than your fair share?

It had been one of those days. I had worked and worked and felt like others weren’t doing their share. I had been playing the pity party music in my head for quite some time when my mom mentioned that my daddy’s feet were hurting him again. She explained that every morning she washes hisContinue reading “Do you ever feel like you do more than your fair share?”

A note from my daughter

What cost are you willing to pay?(a note from Abi Jaggers McCollough) I’ve been journeying through the book of Acts lately. Paul truly was an incredible warrior for the Kingdom of God. To be honest with you, I have felt some conviction reading through this book. I think it would be easy to brush offContinue reading “A note from my daughter”

To my fellow sojourner in this lost world

It was a small circle of women. Just a few. We had gathered to pray for revival in our country and our world. These were church women, ministry leaders, and pastors wives. The talk was light at first. Ballgames and bagels. But soon tears showed up as the conversation shifted to stories, one by one,Continue reading “To my fellow sojourner in this lost world”

Do you wonder if we are living in the last days?

I can’t read these words and not wonder if we are living in the last days— “But know this, in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors,Continue reading “Do you wonder if we are living in the last days?”

What kind of VESSEL are you?

It’s a curious passage. “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for everyContinue reading “What kind of VESSEL are you?”

Hang on! We’re going to see the VICTORY!

Paul is about to end his letter to Timothy in the same way he started it -to challenge Timothy to “wage the good warfare” (I Tim 1:18). As his old hands are about to lay his pen down, roll the letter up and dispatch it to his prodigy, he writes the words, “fight the goodContinue reading “Hang on! We’re going to see the VICTORY!”

Does your heart need a reset to hope this Monday morning?

The Apostle Paul is writing to Timothy about how the church should conduct itself, but his words in 5:6 cause me to pause. “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.” (1 Tim 5:6) She who lives for herself and her own pleasure is dead. Dead.Empty.Never satisfied. Living for ourselves, will neverContinue reading “Does your heart need a reset to hope this Monday morning?”