This world is hard but we still have SUCH HOPE!

As I mentioned before, I come from a long line of professional worriers; and with the world as it is -moral decay, economic decline, rumors of food shortages, school shootings, international unrest, and a giant lack of leadership, it doesn’t take any of us very long to find something to worry about! But my eyesContinue reading “This world is hard but we still have SUCH HOPE!”

No matter what…keep going to the ROCK

I’ve watched him In the mornings for over twenty years. He opens his Bible. He bows his head and closes his eyes. I know my husband is praying for the Lord to speak to him. And this morning, as I read Psalms 1, the wisdom of this is not lost on me— “Blessed is theContinue reading “No matter what…keep going to the ROCK”

“Momma, you GRUMPY”

In the years after my first husband took his life, I began to heal. Good days were still coupled with days when I just wanted to cry. And sometimes a good, snot-making cry seemed to help. I tried to hide my tears from my boys, but sometimes their sweet little hugs would bring on moreContinue reading ““Momma, you GRUMPY””

Don’t put ANYONE on a Pedestal

I’m not sure if anything comes as close to rattling my faith as when people, I thought godly, walk away from Jesus and do ungodly things. This was exactly what was happening in the church in Corinth. We see it today as some continue to choose the praise of men and compromise with the worldContinue reading “Don’t put ANYONE on a Pedestal”

Questions and Keeping On

As I open my Bible to Genesis 25, I don’t get very far into the passage before I’m a little shocked. Isaac is married. Abraham takes another wife, in his old age and has more children (that’s a little shocking!) but what really shocked me, is that after Abraham dies, Isaac AND ISHMAEL bury him.Continue reading “Questions and Keeping On”

Does this beautiful thing ever happen to you?

It still amazes me when I come across a passage of Scripture that seems to flash like a neon sign. Though the words have been there for thousands of years, sometimes, they seem beautifully brand new. I’ve even smiled a little bit in my prayers, saying, “God, did you just put that there?” His WordContinue reading “Does this beautiful thing ever happen to you?”

You know HE knows what you may think is too hard for Him, right?

You realize, The Almighty God (El Shaddai) , the God Who Sees (El- Roi) knows our doubts and our worries. God knows what it is we think is too hard for Him. Here’s one reason we can know this— In Genesis 17, God makes the covenant with Abram to multiply him exceedingly and give himContinue reading “You know HE knows what you may think is too hard for Him, right?”

THIS should change us!

God reveals Himself to us through the rich pages of His Word and not only in the New Testament. Right after God reveals Himself as El-Roi (the God Who Sees, Genesis 16), God appears to Abram and tells him He is Almighty God (El Shaddai, Genesis 17). Let that soak in- the God Who SeesContinue reading “THIS should change us!”

So often, God comforts us with His Word.

So often, when I’m struggling with hard things in this life, God will remind me of something from His Word. I guess this is why I’m so passionate that we should seek Him daily through our Bibles. You know, when we suffer through hard days, as many are seeing right now, it is easy toContinue reading “So often, God comforts us with His Word.”

The Year of the LIE!

As we often do, my husband and I talk as we are brushing our teeth before bed. It’s silly really. Our sentences are humorously interrupted as we pause to spit, but we’ve carried on like this for years. Last night’s conversation turned to the recent headlines, and we quipped that this year has felt likeContinue reading “The Year of the LIE!”

Need a little peace? Focus on this!

Has a verse ever just “jumped out” at you? Perhaps a portion, or all of it, seemed “new” in some way? Luke 12:29-31 says, “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and yourContinue reading “Need a little peace? Focus on this!”

Not today Satan!

You know the evil one does not want you to believe the promises of God, right? Genesis contains promises of God that are foundational to our faith. Oh, how I love to hear the crinkling of the pages as I open the living, breathing, promise-filled Word of God! As I turn to Genesis 12, GodContinue reading “Not today Satan!”

The Bible is true. Some reasons we know this…

When you first held the Bible in your hands, did your heart somehow know this book is incredibly different than any other? The Bible is a true account and not a fictitious story and is supernaturally inspired by the Creator of the Universe who used over 40 authors to write the Word over a 1500Continue reading “The Bible is true. Some reasons we know this…”

When you don’t FEEL it…

It’s seems wrong to mention it now, at Christmas-time, but, surely, I’m not the only one who feels it sometimes. Well, I guess the better description would be “doesn’t feel it sometimes”. I have days I feel spiritually numb, and I believe the Lord has led me to share this during a time when weContinue reading “When you don’t FEEL it…”

Will God really sustain us to the end?

God will sustain us to the end (1 Cor 1:8, ESV). And even after reading those words, the “buts” and the “what-ifs” begin to assault my mind. Even after years of Bible studies and church attendance, my mind, can imagine circumstances so hard, it feels like God would stop sustaining me. But the truth is,Continue reading “Will God really sustain us to the end?”

Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ If we want to grow in spiritual maturity we are supposed to constantly practice discerning good from evil. Wouldn’t that require us to call some things “good” and someContinue reading “Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.”

Hey BUSY calendar keeper, here’s some help.

Schools starting.The lazy days of summer are coming to a close whether we want them to or not. We all shift gears. Even those of us without kids going back to school, feel the need to turn things up a notch. Time to schedule.Time to plan. The calendar pages are fresh and clean. My pencilContinue reading “Hey BUSY calendar keeper, here’s some help.”

So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?

So how can we tell if someone truly loves God? John tells us they will love others and keep God’s commands. (1 John 4:20-5:3) And, he tells us, the keeping of God’s commandments won’t seem burdensome (5:3). We will have a holy “want-to”. And Jesus told us, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (RecordedContinue reading “So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?”

Are you susceptible to being deceived?

John has been talking about false prophets and antichrists, then he says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you, is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) That’s powerful truth. It’s one of my favorite, keep-you-going, verses. The Holy Spirit inside ofContinue reading “Are you susceptible to being deceived?”