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 …

Joyful Call to Worship

Joyful Call to Worship

  Joyful Call to Worship       We hadn’t been in a church building in nearly a month with hospital and then rehab hospital. But we had church. Fellowship with Jesus becomes so much sweeter when He’s all you have to hold onto. Danny and I have watched more music videos from VTN and enjoyed various preachers. We also took communion together after hearing a televised pastor talk about the importance of it. Just like at our wedding it was just the two of us – only with cranberry juice and saltines. It was the most touching event I’ve …

Who Am I

Who Am I

    Who Am I?     Have you ever thought about who you really are? Well, I am one those people who comes up with these strange questions. When my dad was about to walk me down the aisle to give me away to a man he hardly knew, he leaned over and said very quietly, “Don’t forget to be you.” It took me several years to determine exactly what he meant by the statement. But somewhere along the years I knew the answer. When I was a child I was Jess and Juanita’s daughter, Butch’s sister, Robert and …

I Am Not My Own

I Am Not My Own

      I Am Not My Own   1 Corinthians 6: 19 and 20 – “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” Jesus paid the ultimate price for us when he died on the cross in our place. He owns us, therefore, when we are faced with a compromising decision we should always think twice, count to 10, run or whatever else and stop before we do something that is not holy. If Jesus was viewable with your human eye would you do something to bring tears to his …

I Am an Over Comer

I Am an Over Comer

    I Am An Over Comer     1 John 4: 4, 16 – “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them; because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of Go, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” Through Jesus Christ we are over comers not only of the adversary but sin itself. We live in a fallen world and sin is rampant. We encounter …

God Gave Me a Spirit of Holy Boldness

God Gave Me a Spirit of Holy Boldness

      God Gave Me a Spirit of Holy Boldness     2 Timothy 1: 7-9 – “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done. But because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us …

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 …

Help From the Sanctuary

Help From the Sanctuary

Most days in hospital were pretty easy. One particular evening was rough though. Changes were made to help in the healing process. It was a low moment especially for me. But God being God and full of love and goodness He allowed me to see the reality of the Scripture “He sends help from the Sanctuary”. Think about this!!!!!! An angel in the form of a night nurse from Nigeria came in and took his vitals and then began praying over Danny for healing and touching Him and praying the most amazing peaceful prayer I’ve ever heard.  Then she prophesied …

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 …

What’s Your Focus?

What’s Your Focus?

  What’s Your Focus?       Do you ever wake up with drama?  Many times I do, it seems there is always something going on to focus on.  During one such time in my life when my circumstances looked bleak God spoke something profound into my heart. Philippians 4: 18 “At this moment I have all that I need even more than I need.” God reminded me to stay in “this moment” with Him.  At this moment, God has provided jobs for both my husband and me.  We all had breakfast and lunch and there is food in the …

The Problem Is Not The Problem

The Problem Is Not The Problem

  The Problem is Not the Problem       In John 4: 4-30, we read about the Samaritan woman.  She has gone to the well in the middle of town at midday to draw water because she was not welcome there in the morning when all the other women came to draw their water.  She is ostracized, broken, hurt and yet unaware of her greatest need.  She finds Jesus sitting at the well, He asks her for a drink.  I am sure she is thinking ‘what does this man want from me?  I have been hurt by enough men …

Running for a Cause

Running for a Cause

Hebrews 12: 1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (NIV)   Why people want to get out of bed at the crack of dawn and run is a foreign concept to me. I cannot understand why anyone would leave a warm bed just to go out in the rain or cold to run five miles. To go to a good estate sale – well we all have …