What If You Don’t Have to Try Harder?
Are you a doer, a striver, or maybe a perfectionist? Always trying harder to do good things in the hope that you will be found loveable or worthy or any other tag you are trying to attach to your reputation? If you are, I have some great news! I’m learning so many things from the […]
A Sense of Peace and A Slower Pace
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. Psalm 23:2 (NLT) Yes, this is a familiar Psalm. When I was a child, it often hung on the walls of nurseries, the walls of Sunday school rooms and other places where children could be found. Thinking back brings a sense of […]
Are You Tired? Ready To Lighten The Load?
Discipline, it’s not one of those magnetic words that the minute we hear it sticks, and we are determined to have it. Yet, I believe this is the word that God has asked me to focus on in 2019. Unlike the first thoughts I had, I’ve come to understand it’s not a word that has […]
Facing The Future With An Assignment
So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. Luke 24:53 (NLT) He’s been here, on the earth and is gone for now, from sight anyway. So here we are just about to step into a new year in the same place as the disciples who stood on that mountain. We […]
When Your Life Makes No Sense
In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! Luke 15:7 (NLT) What were you thinking? It’s a question my mother liked to ask when in her eyes I’d done something that made […]
How Do I Recognize God’s Voice?
As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Luke 3:22 My husband has a tradition. When one of his daughters or his grandchildren celebrate a […]
Memories That Deliver Life-Changing Joy
It’s an old memory and a reminder of how things have changed. But it also reminds me that the unexpected can be life-changing. Almost from the first day of the first grade, my public school teacher began to work with us as we memorized the Christmas story from the book of Luke, King James Version. […]
Always Thankful for This Victory!
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57 (NLT) I live in a house that’s over 20 years old. It had the original dishwasher until last week. When I washed the first load in the new one, I was amazed at how much cleaner […]
Thanksgiving – Fine-tuning the Focus
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 (NLT) Last night I joined several hundred other individuals from my church to praise God and celebrate what he has been doing in our lives as we completed a 10 week study where we learned to […]
When Pain Threatens to Overwhelm
I had coffee with a friend this week. She’s been walking through emotions which threaten to overwhelm. We spoke of hard things. I pulled the curtain back on some ugly bits of my life to share the faithfulness of God. We laughed because she said since I appeared to have my act together that I […]