Being Transformed

I love reading underdog stories. You know the type where the not expected to win people become the big winners. I read about a young woman who started gymnastics as a way to help build much needed muscle tone as a small girl. Through that decision she was transformed from being unable to execute simple muscle maneuvers to a four-time national championship at the Special Olympics. Oh beloved, what is God saying when He brings a story like this to our focus? He is saying that your weaknesses have nothing to do with your abilities. He’s saying that Christ is …

Out Of The Shallows

Not long ago I dreamed that we took visiting friends to the lake. When we arrived at the lodge we could see a bit of water that wasn’t very deep and lots of people swimming. They were not very impressed. “Is this all there is?” I told them the area we were at was just the tip of the iceberg. If they’d get out in the water and look beyond the swimming area, they’d see the expanse of the beautiful lake and be amazed. Oh beloved, truth is we often don’t go beyond the swimming area do we? We are …

Faith Not Tested

Faith that has not been tested is faith that cannot be trusted. If you’ve been a Christian more than 24 hours, then you can’t deny that your faith has already been tested. Moments after my conversion to Christ, the devil was trying to tell me, “that didn’t work, you’re not saved.” Testing our faith is one way that God determines our authenticity. God knows our heart already, He just wants to bring it out in our character. I’ve had my faith tested many many times over the years. Most of the time I failed the test. But, the wonderful thing …

The Power

The other day we were driving down the interstate and a uhaul truck passed us. That’s not unusual but what we saw next we had never seen before. It was pulling a Tesla. I don’t know why but I thought that was just a little odd. An average uhaul carrying a very unusual, quite expensive car. I took a picture of it. This morning I notice the words on the back of the truck – “15’ Super Mover”. Oh beloved, did you know? Have you heard? Because of Jesus, believers carry with them priceless cargo. Holy Spirit cannot be purchased …

The Light

We have a security light on Danny’s shop out back. It is probably the brightest security light I’ve ever seen. So bright in fact that when something trips the light our bedroom is flooded with light. At first it concerned me because I wondered what on earth was out there? It’s so bright you cannot see anything when you look out. Now I just know that when the light is tripped our place is flooded with light and that’s a real comfort. Oh beloved, whenever you need protection, God is the Light. Whenever you need to see into the darkness …

The Wind

My husband grew up riding his motorcycle in the wind. It is almost always blowing out in West Texas. So when we traveled out west and into New Mexico and Arizona, it was not a problem for him. Not so for me. It was crazy. We’d be so leaned over in the wind that when a semi passed us we seemed to shoot straight up and then back down as the wind returned when the truck went by. I had two choices – I had to lean with Danny into the wind or be completely miserable. Don’t ask how many …

The Cup

As I drink from one of our many coffee mugs this morning I see my now favorite cup. I picked it up and it had a ring of coffee dried inside it, so I chose one of our other ones. It says Happy Happy Happy. Somehow that word repeated three times makes me smile. I also smile that I gave Danny a gift cup this morning from many years ago – You Drive Me Wild. Oh beloved, God is speaking to our hearts this morning. It’s time to discard the bitter cup you have been languishing over. It’s time to …

The Mess

Early this week there was a huge spot on the floor in the office kitchen. We weren’t sure where it came from but I had an idea that something must have spilled in the cabinet below the sink. So we looked and sure enough a can of furniture polish had emptied its contents out on the floor because the sprayer was pushed as I closed the cabinet door the day before. Talk about a mess. We cleaned it up and now you can’t see there ever was a mess. Oh beloved, when God sees your mess He’s not horrified, He’s …

The Hope

We went to visit my aunt yesterday. She is so ready to go home from rehab. She was sure she was going home today. While we were there, she was convinced that surely tomorrow would be the day. After we left, I got the message that Thursday would be her day. She will be living, hoping and waiting for Thursday. Scripture comes to mind – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. I get it don’t you? Sometimes we can so focus on what’s going on around us that we …

Restored and Redeemed: A Marriage Story

Wedding rings

We all have a story to tell. I would like to think that mine is not much different than yours, but I know that it probably is. As I think about celebrating 41 years of marriage, I know there was a time that the word “celebration” would not have been a part of my vocabulary in speaking about my life with my sweet, precious, ever patient husband. God knew when I married this man that my relationship with him would be filled with so many ups and downs, so many trials, but also so many joys….and He knew that this …

More Than Head Knowledge

I grew up in the church. Literally, since before I was born, I was in church. My mom sang in the choir, played the piano, taught Sunday school classes, directed Easter and Christmas programs…while she was pregnant, after I was born and through my adulthood.   It is very safe to say I spent every extra minute of my time at church, going to church, serving in church, being in church. My parents wanted us to be grounded in God so they made the sacrifice to have my mother teach at small “Christian” schools. Not only was my extra time spent in …