Love, Joy, Peace

Peace! As I sit at my desk and try to get my mind around the term, “Peace” I am amazed at the calmness I feel. I think to myself, “What is Peace?” “Where is Peace?” Why do I have Peace? Why has Peace escaped me at times? During thirty-seven years of ministry, I thought I knew what Peace was until one day I found myself alone. After the death of my husband, I could no longer feel the Peace I once felt. I thought something terrible had happened to my faith. It took me longer than most, I think, to …

Acting Thankful

        Colossians 3: 17  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches I find myself thinking more about being thankful for the blessings I have been given. When I pray a prayer of thanksgiving, I find myself spouting off a long list of “things” for which I am thankful.  At church we are asked to share something we have to be thankful for by writing it on a piece of paper or just simply telling …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Summer Rest

  Mark [6:31] “And he said unto them, come ye yourselves apart*into a desert place, and rest awhile: for there were many coming and going and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Summer time for a teacher is thought to be a time of rest.  Rest from lesson plans, state requirements, students who depend on you, team meetings, workshops or staff development, parent/teacher conferences, to name a few. While summer can be just that, it can also be costly.  When I think of summer I think of it as being a great time to gain back strength …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Sun

  Ecclesiastes 3:1 “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … 11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Baby, it is hot outside!  Summer is a season that seems to bring the best out in people.  The warm sun on our face makes us feel rejuvenated from the cold of winter.  We feel better physically, are in a better mood and are on …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Thunder and Lightning

Job 37:4-5 “After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. “God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend.”     “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” John [8:12] Have you ever thought of all the different sounds thunder makes?  As I have gotten older I find myself listening more attentive to the things of God.  Thunder is …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Rain

Joel [2:23] “Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully and He will cause the rain to come down for you — the former rain, and the latter rain”. Rain, when I think of rain I think of good sleeping weather.  I just recently had a new tin roof put on my home.  As I lie in the bed at night listening to the ping, ping, ping of the rain drops on my roof I get very sleepy.   There is just something about the rain …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Ice

Job [37:10] “God’s breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water.” Not only did we have snow this winter, we had ice as well.  I never thought about the ice being the breath of God until I read this scripture. I remember watching the television news stations and hearing about all of the people in the state that were without electricity because of the ice.  I was fortunate enough to have only lost power for less than a day.  We had about an inch and a half of ice in the Arkadelphia area. I sat in my living room …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Snow

  Spring is here and winter is just a memory.   I find myself thinking of the seasons trying to decide which one is my favorite.   As I think of one and declare it my favorite there is something that comes to mind about another and it suddenly becomes my favorite.  I have come to the conclusion that each one has something special that makes it my favorite, at least for a season. As a pastor’s wife I find myself making spiritual applications to the things I come in contact with.  Seasons are no exception. As I remember winter, I think …