Every Crisis is an Opportunity

Every Crisis is an Opportunity

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT) Every good story has a moment of crisis. That watershed moment when something happens. It will impact the life of the character. And even though the character can not control…

When You Question Why

When You Question Why

Concerning Elizabeth “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children!” Luke 1:25 (NLT) Childlessness in the time of Elizabeth and Mary was a symbol of a life that harbored sin. A life that God could not bless. Elizabeth, an older woman, had lived her entire life…

What is an idol?
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What is an idol?

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh….

The Pruning

The Pruning

We had one of the biggest Bradford Pear trees you have ever seen in our front yard.  My husband used to prune it every year so that the wind could blow through without breaking the tree. But my husband just crossed his 72 birthday celebration off the list. I am no longer comfortable with him…

A Change in Attitude
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A Change in Attitude

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”…

Modeling Forgiveness

Modeling Forgiveness

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NIV Taking I’ve had an inexplicable lifelong love for paper. In fourth grade when I visited the class box of construction paper, it drew me in. Among the random pieces in the box were a series…

Accountability in Relationship

Accountability in Relationship

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 NIV There was a time when I worked in an abusive workplace environment. Two of my coworkers had personal issues that they made public by…

Every Tough Season Has A Purpose

Every Tough Season Has A Purpose

“So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new…

Faithful in Joy or Sorrow

Faithful in Joy or Sorrow

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Psalms 126:5-6 NIV I’ve been battling stick-tight weeds in a flowerbed I neglected through two summers when I was dealing with life’s hard things. But…

Investing our Time

“‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’”-…