A New Direction

A New Direction

Retirement was an adjustment.  My husband was retired from public life but had a growing business he could operate from home.  He was not used to “a now at home all day wife” and I was not used to a husband that hung around all the time.  But that is a story for another day.  Somehow, however, we managed to carve out the togetherness factor and do what was needed to be together and still stay out of each others way. The one thing that seemed to be a constant theme for weeks was a statement for my heart and …

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” I love the challenge of starting something new. I have a creative side so no matter if it’s a new project, a new phase in life, a new thought with potential or a challenge when someone says I can’t do it because it’s impossible, I’m up for it. Little did I know that God would use this personality trait for one of the hardest challenges …

Just Hop In and Go

Just Hop In and Go

  We hadn’t taken a back-roads trip in a while. So last month we took off. Danny chose a road that had a sign reading “state maintenance ends in 12 miles”. I wasn’t so sure about that road. But we went the 12 miles and found ourselves facing a dirt road. My caution took over. I didn’t think we should do it. After all we didn’t know where that road was going. Except Danny was sure where that road was heading. He said where we’d come out. I said no way. I doubted it. But guess what? We came out …

Heart Warming Is God’s Specialty

Heart Warming Is God’s Specialty

Last night I went to our 10 year old grandson’s Christmas concert. After the balmy weather we’ve had I was freezing. I know, it’s not even winter yet, but I am already anticipating spring. Chilled to the bone, I was wishing I had at least worn a sweater. I rode with his family to the concert and back to their house. The three grands showed me the Christmas lights in their bedrooms and I got hugs from them all and headed for the car. As I approached I heard the motor and wondered if I’d forgotten to turn it off …

Deeper Reliance

Deeper Reliance

    Deeper Reliance     After nearly 44 years of marriage trust is what we have. I trust Danny. He’s never done me wrong. He trusts me too. Right now he has to trust me a lot. Decisions, plans and all have to be sorted out. I cannot rely on my own understanding. I need a wisdom beyond self. My emotions may tell me what to do. They certainly want to. But I am looking for a deeper reliance- one I know will turn out right. I’m calling on God.  Thankfully I can talk things over with Danny too. …

Do You Have Some Questions?

Do You Have Some Questions?

  Do You Have Some Questions?       We had to attend a stroke education meeting. As I looked around the room feeling very uncomfortable I tried to pretend I did not belong there. Just then I heard the voice of another woman pierce the quiet conversation of the teacher. “Excuse me. I have some questions. Who sent me here? I don’t belong here. I did not sign up for this.” Oh beloved can you relate? When we sign up for this life of faith it looks pretty easy. After all we aren’t being burned at the stake nor …

Time Wasters

Time Wasters

    Time Wasters       We didn’t have much time to waste. Danny was in the facility to learn as much as possible quickly. His goal was to walk out of there and he concentrated on that and made effort to do so. How he walked and how he stepped had to be done right so that he wouldn’t learn a poor way of walking that would cause him problems later. You and I don’t have any time to waste either. There is much to learn in the Kingdom and we need to be as ready as ever. …

Trust Jesus or Not

Trust Jesus or Not

We traveled to Little Rock on May 6th. This was my first devotional to write sitting with my husband in a hospital room. We’d never done this before. It was not my plan to have a wild ride via ambulance. Nor to be spending the night in a hospital. But here we are. We have two choices – trust Jesus or not. Oh beloved, things may not be going the way you want. You may have prayed fervently for a different situation. The Lord wants you to know this day that you have nothing to worry about. He will always …

I Was Made To Worship

It was at the end of the training season for the Little Rock half-marathon that I remember going to a pre-race dinner.  I was pulling up to the hotel to pick up college friends who were in town for the race. As one friend proceeds to get into the car, she noticed the radio station on the Christian station and commented “April-you still listening to your church music!” I chuckled, not having realized that I indeed was still listening to the same type of music that I listened to while in college.  Yes, even in all my mess I still …

In All Things Jesus

    “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.” James 1:7 All things are from Him. It’s hard to accept that some times. Instead, we question are we good enough, have we done enough to deserve such a gift or a current blessing that He has bestowed on our life? And then there are times when things don’t look all so “good” and we wonder where He is in all of it…yet “all things come from the Father”. There …

Faith versus Good Works

Faith versus Good Works

Some individuals appear to have a problem separating good works from faith. The apostle Paul stressed the sinner’s justification by faith alone and at first sight James appears to contradict Paul’s teaching by these words: “What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith, and has not works, can faith save him?” He also wrote: “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  You see then how by works a man is justified and not by faith only. For as the body without the spirit is …

We Are Justified by Faith Not Good Works

We Are Justified by Faith Not Good Works

Remember God created the first man Adam in His own image and breathed the breath of life into him.  Then realizing Adam was lonely, He took a rib from Adam and created Eve.  But they disobeyed God, and to redeem and justify sinners would cost the Father His only Son. Paul never forgot his life of persecuting Christians.  I truly believe that is one reason letters written by him contain more passages about justification than any other New Testament writer.  One can better write about something experienced: Paul realized he had sinned grossly and then had been justified by the …