Dec
17

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble, with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Loss of a loved one. Cancer. Your kids grow up and move out. Job loss. Marital difficulties. You name it. Whether it's your wound or someone's you love, God won't waste it. He'll work in it to reveal Himself. To show that He can be trusted... that He is faithful and loving. He is there to comfort...
Dec
10

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:31 NIV

What if you were given $86,400, every day for the rest of your life?  What would you do with it? Let’s add one caveat. You have to spend all of it each day! Could you do it? How would you spend it? Tough decision, right?! Guess what—God gives you 86,400 seconds every day... and you spend every...
Dec
3

Then I heard the voice of the LORD saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8 NIV

Isaiah proclaimed his wonderful prophecies of the coming Messiah and King during treacherous and dangerous times. The nations around Judah were conspiring to invade. They were "plotting the ruin" of the nation. So when Isaiah was called by God to be His spokesperson, he was accepting a daunting and...
Nov
13

"Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you." Revelation 3:20 MSG

How many women do you know who are really free? I don’t know a lot. The bondage is everywhere. We’re haunted by our pasts, burdened by self-pity, unwilling or unable to forgive ourselves or others, and held captive by our need to control. Instead of living big lives, we live small ones. Instead of...
Nov
5

"I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8

Sleep. Need more of it? I know I do.Living God’s dream for your life is not always lived on easy street. In fact, our fast-paced society takes a toll on our bodies as we overextend ourselves trying to take care of our children, husbands, homes, and work. Add to that the stress of finances,...
Oct
16

"For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity." Proverbs 24:16 NJKV

Failure is never final until a person quits trying. As the person continues to try, failure is really no more than a setback... a possibility to learn from mistakes and try again.Righteous people may fail time and time again, but they continue to “rise again.” To get up and keep trying. When wicked...
Oct
9

"... Your works are wonderful...." Psalm 139:14

In Yosemite National Park, there is the most beautiful and tranquil lake one has ever seen—"Mirror Lake." There are days it sits so perfectly still that you can see your complete reflection just as if you were looking straight into a mirror. It is perhaps one of God’s most beautiful creations....
Oct
2

"God told them, 'I've never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!'" Jeremiah 31:3 MSG

God loves you. And because He does, He is chasing after you—yes you! Even now, you might struggle to believe, with so many people and so many problems in the world, God still has time to pursue you, but He does. It’s time to let yourself be caught. His love is like no other. Receiving it...
Sep
23

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15

Parties are so much fun! Celebrations bring so much joy! (Unless, of course, you are the one planning it all!) I just recently planned a surprise birthday party for my daughter, Megan, which took weeks of preparation and scheduling. The hardest part was trying to keep it all a secret! I thought I...
Aug
29

“I will question you, and you shall answer Me.” Job 38:3

Childhood Diabetes. Pancreatic Cancer. Lost Eyesight. Is His presence in your life enough?Throughout all of human history, no one person could have suffered to the extent Job did. He cried out, but God did not answer. At least not directly. Instead, God revealed His sovereignty over all creation,...
Aug
24

"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." Psalm 27:14

Waiting is hard! Traffic. Long lines at the store. The last family member to get in the car. Test results. Answers to our prayers. Even when things are going good in our lives, we hate waiting for the next positive moment to happen.But waiting is part of God’s plan. God has many reasons to let us...
Aug
8

"Be patient, then, brothers (or sisters), until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near." James 5:7-8

‘Rain, rain, go away... come again another day!' Remember that silly song from childhood? It was so important to us as children because when it rained, we couldn’t go outside to play... we had to stay inside! The funny thing is... I still find myself wanting to sing that song as a mother....
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....