Ever Been Stung?

When she was about two years old, our oldest daughter picked up a bumblebee that was on her swing set. She held it in the palm of her hand and even kissed it! It all happened so quickly that I knocked the bee out of her hand and grabbed her up. Nobody wants anything like that to happen to their babies! Especially when you know what it feels like to get stung. You avoid that as best you can. Oh beloved, when it comes to being stung, you know about it. You’ve experienced the sting of rejection, the bite of betrayal …

Broken Heart?

Funny but this morning I remember a time when one of my favorite vases was broken by one of my children. I was heart broken. Now I can say that I wish that was the most heart breaking thing I’ve ever endured. But we all know about broken hearts. Each of us has our own endurance and have overcome much. Your broken heart and mine might look different but broken is broken. Oh beloved, you would love to be able to just pick up the pieces and put your broken heart back together again. But God wants you to know …

Not Just A Name Change!

Danny’s mom loved and listened to what was then called Country and Western music all the time. One of her favorites was Freddy Fender. Now Freddy wasn’t his real name. He was actually born Baldemar Garza Huerta but changed his name legally in 1958. He thought he could sell records better with a simpler name. Those years and that style of music are pretty much gone now. But changing names in music and acting are still going on. Why would anybody want to change who they are? Oh beloved, this is the amazing thing of faith. Jesus comes and saves …

You Can Have Some Flowers

I remember my uncle working in his garden. He took very good care of all the vegetables contained there. I know that they canned, froze and dried everything. I also know that my aunt had no flowers whatsoever. The reason being “you can’t eat flowers”, my uncle would say. This morning I hear the Lord speaking and He says it’s okay to have some flowers in your garden. They may take up space but beauty in amongst the work is always allowed. Oh beloved, you are one blessed woman. As you tend the garden of your life, you don’t have …

Life’s Storms

The I 30 corridor…not a pleasant phrase when the storms are kicking through in East Texas. I watched them all day yesterday, first one tornado warning and then another. It was the positioning of the storms that gave me pause. So often in the past those East Texas storms would fly up the interstate and cause us problems in Arkansas. At one point I got a text from a precious cousin, whose daughter and husband were on their way to a storm shelter near Texarkana. We prayed together via text and asked God to watch over them. Finally, the storms …

Remember The Recipe

We’ve all done it at one time or another. Forgotten an ingredient in a recipe or mixed an unnecessary element or even whipped it all up wrong. I remember a sponge cake my niece and I made together when we were just kids. We ended up with a flat block of something far removed from sponge cake. All because we didn’t follow the directions. God speaks to my heart. Successful outcomes happen when My people follow My directions. Any concoction of ingredients added to or taken away from My Word spells failure for My Word stands alone and has all …

Love Lifted Me

“I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, When God grabbed and held me. God’s my strength, he’s also my song, And now he’s my salvation. Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of God has turned the tide! The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide! I didn’t die. I lived! And now I’m telling the world what God did. God tested me, he pushed me hard But he didn’t hand me over to Death. Swing wide the city gates-the righteous gates! …

Memorial Day: A Day for Gratitude

    “I have not stopped giving thanks for you…” Ephesians 1: 16a     We often think of Memorial Day as: A day for loading up on hotdogs and funnel cake A day for camping and hiking A day to celebrate the launch of summer Instead, would you consider making it the following: A day to remember A day to acknowledge our freedom to work, play, hike, and, yes, eat more than we should. A day to remember those who died so we could live Our U.S. Constitution grants us freedom to speak, worship, bear arms, assemble, vote, own …

Write the Word This Is War

  Write the Word: This is War   We are at war. And I’m not talking about the war on terror or the war on drugs. (Those are important battles to fight, and I’m grateful for our men and women who devote their lives to fight those wars, as they serve at home and abroad.) The battle raging for us is a spiritual one: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” Ephesians 6: 12  I’ll use the …

Write the Word Righteousness

                  A focus on the Armor of God: The first piece of the armor mentioned in Ephesians 6 is the Belt of Truth.  The remaining pieces of the armor: the Breastplate of Righteousness the Gospel Shoes of Peace the Shield of Faith the Helmet of Salvation the Sword of the Spirit When we strap on the belt of truth first, it ensures that we know the truth. Knowing the truth helps us take our stand against the lies. But it’s not just enough for us to KNOW the truth, it must also change our …