Communicating with God

Communicating with God

“And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” (Mark 11: 25 The Message) I felt a roadblock in my communication with the Lord. I prayed about it, but I didn’t find inner peace or direction. My tattered red flags whipped in my emotional wind. I asked, When did this feeling of isolation begin? A conversation I had with my husband, Dan, the previous day started it. A difference of opinion grew into …

Navigating Your Negative Self-Talk

Navigating Your Negative Self-Talk

Navigating Your Negative Self-Talk and Overwhelming Anxiety “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isa. 59: 19 kjv) Fearful thoughts escalated into a full-blown panic attack as I faced a crisis with my mother over a decade ago. As I waited for the doctors to diagnose her medical condition, I began to do some research of my own. And everywhere I turned, the facts were grim. I knew my mother was facing a battle for her life. And my emotional red flags were rippling high overhead. …

Speak God’s Truth to Your Soul

Speak God’s Truth to Your Soul

“Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matt. 10: 19–20 niv) During my mother’s health crisis, I didn’t know what to say or do. Overwhelmed by fearful emotions, I tried to pray. I knew God’s miraculous intervention was Mother’s only hope. But I still felt helpless and afraid. And I panicked. Lord, I don’t know what to do? Help! I need you! Mother needs you! We all need you! …

Facing Your Fear, Doubt and Unbelief

Facing Your Fear, Doubt and Unbelief

“Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God—soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.” (Ps. 42: 5 The Message) When my husband sensed God’s call to move our family to a city we’d never even visited, I agreed to go because I believed it was the right thing to do. But it didn’t take long for my emotional connections to my past to deeply trouble me. I thought about the loved ones I had left behind. Looking back with regrets …

Discovering a New Prayer Strategy

Discovering a New Prayer Strategy

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Phil. 4: 6–7 The Message) With my personal life on hold due to my mother’s disease, I didn’t know how to help her. I couldn’t even take care of my own family responsibilities four hundred miles away. Plus, I struggled to manage my other …

Focusing on God’s Presence

Focusing on God’s Presence

“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” (Ps. 139:7 nlt) Do you sense you’ve lost your way in your spiritual journey? I walk through one door and find the next door padlocked. Yet, as I turn around, the door behind me has closed, too. I find myself plagued by indecision and doubt. How did I get here, Lord? When I finally get past my distress and ask this question, I’m reminded that the Lord promises to always be with me. In Matthew 28: 20, Jesus promised, “I’ll be with you as you …

Experiencing the Power of Praise

Experiencing the Power of Praise

“Let us give thanks all the time to God through Jesus Christ. Our gift to Him is to give thanks. Our lips should always give thanks to His name.”  Heb. 13: 15 How can we praise God in the midst of a threatening storm? As I prayed for my mother and the circumstances surrounding her illness, I didn’t always “feel” like praising God. In fact, I wasn’t thankful during this difficult season at all—my family was desperate for a miracle. Lord, please help us! Jesus promised his followers that he would send an advocate to help them: “If you love …

Jesus Died For Me

Jesus Died For Me

  Twenty-five years ago, a timid young woman sat in her Sunday school class listening to her teacher’s lesson. During the lesson she slipped out the door and hurriedly went to find her pastor. This young lady realized without a shadow of a doubt that the Holy Spirit was speaking to her heart – she was not saved. She thought back to a time when she was thirteen and supposedly prayed a sinner’s prayer. She didn’t know what she was doing. Now she knew she wanted to know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him. That young lady was …

The Broken Pot

The Broken Pot

I read this story about 18 years ago, I don’t know who wrote it but it immediately became a big part of my testimony as I could totally relate to it. Once upon a time there were 2 clay pots. These were no ordinary pots for they could talk. One was beautiful and exquisite and the other had several major cracks in it. The beautiful pot would taunt the broken pot every day. It said things like “I don’t know why they keep you around here. You are ugly and broken and can’t even do what a pot is supposed …

The Cross-Mercy, Plan, Purpose and Grace

The Cross-Mercy, Plan, Purpose and Grace

Paul was persecuting Christians, and God wanted him to stop. When light flooded from heaven and blinded the Jew, he obeyed, and his sight was restored. At that moment, Paul experienced God’s mercy. The converted Pharisee immediately went to work. He stopped murdering Christians and began proclaiming God’s grace, winning new converts all across the Roman Empire. God’s plan was in full motion. Paul led an adventurous life as a missionary. He understood the need to fulfill his duty at any cost and tried to live in a way that would encourage others to have a relationship with God. He …

At the Cross-Clothed in Grace

At the Cross-Clothed in Grace

  Many years ago, my husband, Larry, and I bought the old family home from his sister. There was just one condition. His elderly grandmother came with the house. It was fine with us. Mrs. Jennie Bennett, in her eighties at the time, had a sweet temperament, and was surprisingly able to maintain it when two adults, three teenagers, and a kitten seized the house. She was gracious when I took over the kitchen. She was even more gracious complimenting the meals I prepared. I couldn’t cook macaroni and cheese like she did, or so my husband said. Once in …