The Gift of a Second Chance — Every day I walked along the concrete walkway that led from our condominium unit to the stairway. And each day I was annoyed by the sight of a dedraggled, overgrown plant hanging over the edge of the walkway above, down to the second floor where I lived at the time. “Why doesn’t Lois do something about that thing?” […]

The Healer - Recently, my best friend Mike went in for open-heart surgery. I awoke at 6:04 AM and began interceding for him in prayer. There is an experience in prayer, where as you pray, your spiritual eyes are open to a vision in the spirit realm of God. The Apostle Paul prayed for us to receive such revelations and to see in […]

The Time of My Life

Quiet times. Daily devotions. Time with the Lord. We call it a lot of ways. Whatever we call it. This moment has a purpose. It heals. It soothes. It refreshes the soul. It saves lives–yours and mine. I learned this the hard way. For the most part of my Christian lifetime. I did not have a quiet time. Its kind […]

Suffering Through Storms – Remember when the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee and a storm struck? (Read Matthew 14.) The wind and waves began in the evening and continued all night long. Meanwhile, Jesus was on a mountaintop praying, far away from the impending disaster. I’m convinced the disciples were praying for the storm to stop, or at least to be able to […]

God Calling – “Mom, you’re different.” Kayla sat on the edge of her bed carefully arranging her stuffed animals as she prepared to snuggle into her blankets for the night. Smiling, I reached out and tucked a strand of her honey colored hair behind her ear, “Sweetie, what do you mean I’m different, different how?” She paused thoughtfully and then surprised me by […]

Rebuilding Flabby Faith Muscles – Are you fat, lazy, and graceless… in your faith? When was the last time you truly worked on your faith muscles? Just as our bones hold us up and our ligaments and skin keep everything contained, our salvation faith—what Christ did on the cross—will sustain us. But in order to keep our faith growing and in good shape, we need […]

Finding God’s Timing – Have you taken a moment lately to look at life as it is and consider some possibilities of how it could be. It’s easy to put this off and wait until later…but sometimes it seems that much of our life is spent waiting. In a small sense we wait in line for a vanilla latte, we wait for our car to fill up […]

A Dwelling Place for God - You may have heard terms such as “we are a vessel” or “we are a sanctuary” and wondered what they meant. These words often describe Christians. One song we sing is, “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.” When we pray, we might ask God to make us a vessel of honor. Both of […]

Small Beginnings – Zechariah 4:10 says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”  I’m so glad that God gets excited when I start something new. He knows that trusting Him will cost me something. I recently started a new life adventure. God directed me, an almost 40-year-old school teacher, to move from California to Virginia to […]

It’s Just Too Much Fun! – How would I know it could be so much fun!?! It seemed more like an obligation… a necessary action… a must-do kind of thing. After all, the Bible says I HAVE to give. Of course I don’t HAVE to give, but if I want God’s favor and blessing, I have to give… or so I thought. When we were little […]

Grace in an Unusual Place - Recently, I went into an imports store with my great-granddaughter Destiny, who is 2 years old. I told her to sit in her stroller because there were pretty things that might break. Did I think she understood? Not really, but I thought I could keep my eyes on everything, including those little hands. At any moment they might reach out […]

A Glimpse of Myself through God’s Eyes - The anesthesiologist told me moments before the C-Section was complete that when I heard the “really loud suction noise” that I could stand up and look over the curtain that separated me (and my wife’s head) from the area where they were performing major surgery. All at once he exclaimed, “That’s it!” I jumped up and much to my surprise […]

Are You Willing? - One of the greatest obstacles I encountered early on in my Christian walk was overcoming the dreaded question, what was God going to ask of me? I just knew He was going to call me to serve on some remote island, the name of which I could barely pronounce. Of course He would want me to live in a humble, one room, […]

Jesus Our Weight Lifter - Are you carrying burdens on your shoulders, loaded down with the cares of this life? What you need to know is that you can let Jesus have anything that is burdening you. He said to cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7). The Bible also tells us to “lay aside every weight that does […]

Hide and Seek — I don’t know about you, but for me, waiting is tough! I hate to wait. Why is waiting so hard? Because waiting implies that we do not have control over our circumstances or the timing of events in our own lives. We like to think that we own our destiny, yet if we are honest we would admit […]