Aug
1

"Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says, is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like." James 1:23-24

I love pictures! Have you ever wondered who invented the camera? Many believe George Eastmaninvented the camera (roll-film camera) in 1888. However, someone else actually made the camera first. The first camera that was small and portable enough to be practical for photography was built...
Jul
23

"...Serve the LORD with gladness..." Matthew 6:21

Have you ever been at an event and wanted so badly to be chosen to participate? You know…like a kindergartener…being so excited that you sit there with your hand waving as fast as a hummingbird just so someone would see you…yelling “Pick me! Pick Me!” I believe that God wants that kind of...
Jul
18

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14

When prayers go unanswered, many of us utter accusations to God. “I thought You cared?” “Why is this happening to me?” “Are You there?” We wonder if God even exists, much less that He cares. It is easy to become distressed and angry with God over this one issue—prayer.Whether we admit it or not, we...
Jul
9

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21

Food. Alcohol. An affair. Shopping. Exercise. Obsessions with hobbies or a job. Too often, instead of looking to God and the relationships He’s placed in our lives, we look to other things to fill the emptiness and ease the confusion we feel. But how well we live hinges entirely on our ability to...
Jul
1

"... I (Jesus) have called you friends...." John 15:15

Did you know that Joseph Scriven penned the song, What a Friend We Have in Jesus? I remember singing that song a lot as a child. “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!”How do we cover our sorrow in prayer? Simply begin dialoguing with Jesus about the pain in your life....
Jun
24

"But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you." 1 Peter 5:10

The story of Leah has always intrigued me (read Genesis 29:15-30). Leah gave so much to her husband—seven children for starters! And, yet, she was always second best. Maybe she was plain or lacked a sense of humor or any number of things that made her less appealing than her...
Jun
20

"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." 1 John 4:12

From time to time we lack security. We don’t feel safe. We can even wonder, “Does God really love me? How could He after all I’ve done?” When the trials of life press in, He often seems far away. Welcome to the danger zone. It’s where evil whispers lies in your ear. Evil tells you that love can’t...
May
28

"Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind." Ecclesiastes 4:6

Tranquility—a little peace and quiet—I need more of it. Do you? For the average American woman, rest has become an illusive dream. More often than not, we are stressed with the double burden of working a full-time job and taking care of family. For most, it is pretty overwhelming and exhausting....
May
20

"He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin." Proverbs 13:3

Have you ever experienced "Foot in the Mouth Syndrome?" You know, when words are coming out of your mouth faster than your brain is processing them. And before you know it... you’re asking for a "do over." It’s like asking, "So, when are you due?" to the gal who isn’t even pregnant! We’ve all had...
May
16

"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

What would we do without lists? The grocery list… the carpool list… the Target© list… the school activities list… and the list goes on and on. We even find a list—of what to do and what not to do—in the Bible! Ten things on that list to be exact (Exodus 20:1-17).With every list comes a choice...
May
2

"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:8

Trusting God to reveal His dream in your life and give you hope often requires an extraordinary act of willpower. It’s kind of like one of those “trust falls,” where you fall backward into the arms of someone you trust to catch you. You give up total control and place absolute trust in that person...
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...