Apr
17

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand." Psalm 37:23-24

Ah, the StairMaster©. Gotta love it! I just step on, punch in my designated time and level of activity on the display, and it starts. I use the guiding pull of the machine, and climb! My steps are ordered and predetermined. Only one thing is required of me… I must be willing to follow.Following God...
Apr
8

"... if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'move from here' and it will move...." Matthew 17:20

At our home in Virginia, squirrels run and jump from tree to tree all year long, scurrying around to find that precious nut. God has definitely given them a great work ethic, strength, and determination. The squirrel, with the ability to persevere and stay motivated toward the goal, always gets the...
Apr
3

"But when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth..." John 16:13

Have you ever found yourself wishing the Lord would suddenly appear in your living room with step-by-step instructions for your life? Perhaps you’ve thought, “If God can speak directly to Abraham, Moses, Mary and Paul, why not me?”Sometimes it’s hard to believe in what can’t be seen. Sometimes it’s...
Mar
24

"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God." 2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV

My son, Zach, looks a lot like his Dad, Tim. And, of course, they love sports—especially baseball. Tim has pretty much ­­­­coached Zach since he was four-years-old. One thing I learned as a Mom was that Zach had to hit, field, catch and throw the baseball on his own. Tim couldn’t do...
Mar
18

"Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!" Isaiah 30:18

Did you know that God the Father longs for you? Not only does He long for you, He longs to be gracious to you! He is constantly finding ways to shower you with compassionate love—a love like that does not exist anywhere but in the character of God.I love my kids. I enjoy blessing them...
Mar
10

"Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" Numbers 14:3

Ever met someone who complains about everything? It makes me crazy!Chronic complainers gripe about anything and everything. The Israelites had grumbled against God and Moses ever since they left Egypt, and they continued to complain (Numbers 14:1-4). God was fulfilling the dream He had for their...
Mar
7

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:12-13 NIV

"Content"—it literally means “desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.” Do you know anybody who lives with such freedom? Content. Satisfied. Settled. Fun to be around. Free.Despite the hardships and painful circumstances he endured, the Apostle Paul remained content. He was confident in Jesus...
Feb
25

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things." Philippians 4:8

Do the relationships in your life allow you to think about positive things? Lift you up? Brighten your spirits? Or do they cause you worry, despair, and anxiety? Some people may have a negative influence on us, some a positive one. We struggle with relationships that burn us out, leaving us drained...
Feb
17

“Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4 NKJV

Many of us have forgotten the path of patience we must take to get to the next level in our relationship with Christ. It has been rejected by a society thriving on instant gratification, faster technology, and a fear of commitment. We want it now, or we don’t want it at all. Even committing to a...
Feb
11

"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Sprit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." John 14:16-17 NKJV

Ever wonder what it means to truly have the Holy Spirit living within you? It’s a strange thought, but comforting none the less.As the passage in John tells us, we know the Holy Spirit, we recognize and have a relationship with Him, because He “dwells with [us] and will be in [us].” These words...
Feb
4

"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love." Revelation 2:4 NKJV

Crazy in love. You remember it don’t you? The “I can’t get you out of my mind—out of my life love.” Times when you couldn’t seem to get enough of each other. And then something happens. The pressures and demands of the world begin to take hold. Staying close to one another gets more difficult. And...
Jan
28

"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord." Psalm 34:11

A thunderous crash, a booming thud, a screeching howl, and the kids are at it again. The playroom brightly decorated has been transformed into a war zone of exasperation and vexation between siblings. Sound familiar?I would imagine every parent who has more than one child could describe...
Jan
21

"Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague." Mark 5:34 MSG

One of the most touching stories in the Bible is about a woman who hemorrhaged for 12 years (Mark 5:25-34). Though we don’t know her name or her circumstances, we do learn enough to feel sympathy. She is desperate, penniless, and hopeless—until she hears about Jesus. She knew that if she could get...
Jan
14

"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Matthew 7:13-14 ESV

Detours are inevitable. As I look back on my own life, I see God’s hand in each and every one. The difficulties Tim and I had early in our marriage. Zach’s hospital stays as a little boy. My father’s death.Discovering God’s dreams for your life is a matter of accepting that your life is not your...
Jan
7

"Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you." Isaiah 43:4 NKJV

Growing up, my dad always called me his little angel. I was beautiful in his eyes, and that made me feel special. Over the years I’ve grown to understand how much my Heavenly Father loves me. He loves far more deeply than my earthly father ever could. All of us are precious in His sight. Sometimes...
Dec
31

"Lord, teach us to pray."

"When my life feels out of control, I want peace! A place to get away from everything and just be alone. I will often pray, “Lord, get me out of this mess… NOW!" When life circumstances seem chaotic and hopeless, it’s easy to pray according to our will, not God’s. We want relief. Escape....
Dec
24

"The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results." James 5:16 NLT

Too often our prayers turn into pleaful monologues. We present nothing more than our requests to Him… our worries and concerns about life… and maybe a thanks every once in a while. But intimacy is about seeing into another person, and you can only see into somebody else by listening to what he or...
Dec
17

"Let everything that has breath, praise the LORD." Psalm 150:6

Praise songs have always been my favorite. I listen to praise music most of the time when I’m in the car with the kids, running errands, going to church, or going to a meeting. When I’m alone I give it all I got and often wonder why I didn’t hit the big time. But my kids quickly remind me why! In a...
Dec
10

"… I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…." Isaiah 49:15-16

Hands are an interesting addition to the body. They come in all different shapes, sizes and even colors. There are young hands and old hands. Smooth hands and wrinkled hands. Calloused hands and bony hands. They are used for picking things up, for cleaning (yes, the "C" word), for cooking, and for...
Dec
3

"For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death." 2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV

There is a difference between being “sorry” and truly repenting—having a change of heart and direction. Repentance begins with recognizing our sin. Though we will always struggle with sin (Romans 7:15-20), repentance allows us to restore our relationship with God.Genuine repentance occurs only when...