Trials Make The Believer More Beautiful

Trials Make The Believer More Beautiful

As I went into the store to pick up a couple of rotisserie chickens I saw two friends who are sisters visiting. I laughingly said, Hey ladies, blocking the aisle!” They turned and we laughed and hugged. One of the sisters had cancer a few years ago and she is a survivor. As I hugged her I looked and told her that she looks so young. She said sure and we laughed again. But I looked in her face again and truly she looks younger than she did before she went through her trial. God spoke to my heart: When …

What Do You Want for Christmas?

What Do You Want for Christmas?

Danny asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was hard pressed to think of anything. While I was thinking about it, he said I don’t want a thing. I’ve got what I want. That’s how I feel too. Now there will probably be something under the tree, but we received so much this year and we are very grateful to still have one another. Oh beloved, what are you longing for this Christmas? Do you have a list ready? Are you frantically hoping your list gets filled? Maybe you’re hopeless. Nothing has ever turned out right on Christmas anyway. …

Glory to God, Peace to Men

Glory to God, Peace to Men

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2: 14     The Christmas message imparted to the shepherds that dark night 2000 years ago still resonates for us today. Jesus came. And His coming brought both glory to God and peace to men. He was – and still is – the One and Only. Only Jesus, perfect Jesus, could satisfy the righteousness requirements of the law. God could. Man should. The holy result: the God-Man, born a babe to die as a man so you and I could live. …

One Constant

One Constant

      One Constant     We realized after coming home from the rehab hospital that we had been gone so long that our local discount store had been completely repainted. Time does not stop while we are experiencing difficult times. Things change. We change. Life changes. But one constant in all of life’s ups and downs is the Lord. Oh beloved. God is not going to disappoint you. When you are at your worst moments or when things are completely changing in your world He is still God. He wants you to know that He is with you. …

Glorifying God

Glorifying God

Do you ever get overwhelmed, wondering if you’re doing enough for God? We want to glorify God, but when does that actually occur? Is there a magic number of things we do that surpasses that “glorifying God” threshold? Or perhaps, like me, you see the endless needs in the world – poverty, child hunger, injustice, childhood abandonment, broken marriages, depression, grief, broken hearts…. And you wonder how it is possible to bring the light of Jesus to all of these situations. Any attempts I make seem like a drop in the ocean. A few ripples but little lasting change. How …

At the Cross-My Purpose is to Serve

At the Cross-My Purpose is to Serve

My husband, sister-in-law, and I were out of town for their father’s funeral. The night before, we settled into a nearby hotel and did what all modern, technically limited adults do; we checked our Facebook. Almost immediately, I noticed a post about an accident near our home. Our daughter lives next door, so I checked in with her. She was in shock. Three teenage girls were involved in a one-vehicle accident about a half-mile away. In the confusion, neighborhood parents were calling to make sure their kids were safe. Meanwhile, medical helicopters were sitting down, and the parents of the …

At the Cross-God’s Plan in Action

At the Cross-God’s Plan in Action

The conference was what I wanted. The topics sounded informative, the lodging looked beautiful, and the hands-on video training was only slightly intimidating. I calculated ninety-six hours I could spend fine-tuning my speaking craft. I even planned out my free time. Between classes, I’d retreat to my room, practice my speech, and edit my novel. So, I registered and attempted to book a flight. The plane schedules were awful! Flying would take almost twice as long than if I drove. It dampened my enthusiasm. I reluctantly decided to drive. The long road trip turned out to be easy, even relaxing. …