Christmas Joy All Year

Photo by –Erma Bombeck, an American author and humorist, once said, “There’s nothing sadder than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” I’m sure that when she said that, she was thinking of the joy and wonder of a child opening presents on Christmas morning. I experienced such a Christmas in the second grade. It was the year I wanted […]

Ever Wonder If You Are Wandering?

“Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. […]

Getting What You Want

  We all want something right? Probably a new car, your own house, that new gadget on the store shelf. It can be as small as a set of tumblers of a popular softdrink being sold with a meal. Big or small, we all want something. The thing is, you cannot get everything want. What’s worse, when you see someone […]

Life’s Uphills and Downhills

  It was raining outside. When almost everybody wants to stay home and enjoy the bedweather – I wanted to go out and run. It’s gloomy outside so I decided to put on a happy-colored outfit — my favorite sweat pants and a hot pink sweatshirt to go with my hot pink and white Mizuno running shoes. I told myself, […]

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 […]