The Night I Chose Jesus

Easter is my favorite holiday. Not because of the pretty dresses, spring colors, egg hiding or candy, Easter is my favorite holiday because it is a celebration of the day my hero gave His life for me. My love of Easter actually began on Christmas Eve nine years ago. Strange, I know, but it was on Christmas Eve in 2004 that I came to the full realization of what Jesus Christ truly did for me. It was on that evening that I fell head over heels in love with Jesus and the Cross, sealing Easter as my very favorite time …

Shelly Chandler

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Sara Heer part 3

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Extreme Experiences

Life is full of experiences. Recently I experienced extremes for sure. One was a conversation with a “Christian” literary agent. It was a very short back and forth over devotionals and books. She had asked to see some of my work. So I sent her some devotionals. She answered back within a few minutes with a nice but negative response. Her response kind of hit me in the emotions. But I know God called me to write. But right after that conversation I saw a post where a faith friend shared something I posted and gave a beautifully positive response. …

IF – And It Is So!

When we said our vows so many years ago none of them included the word if. When we birthed three babies we never included in our adoration of those babies the word if. Those words have never come up in all these years of conversation. My husband is my soul mate – it’s just so. Our kids are our kids – it’s just so. Yet IF is in Scripture! Was God giving a caveat to His Word? Was He holding back? Oh beloved, God speaks volumes in a two-letter word this morning! He speaks to you! He wants to stop …

Where’s Your Place?

It’s not our place. To make people see their sin. To make people know our God. To fret, worry, finagle, scheme about our lives. It’s not our place to do anything but abide in Christ and show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. But once we know OUR place, we can show others.  Where does God say our place is? At the Banquet table where He spreads a feast of life in the presence of our enemy. To fill the position we are called to in Christ. To walk in …

Eyes on Jesus Brings Joy!

Since it’s spring break I took the afternoon off to go fishing with one of my daughters and her kiddos. It was a beautiful afternoon. We all had our fishing equipment and we tried several spots around the lake. My daughter caught a nice bass. She cast out, almost hit the walkway with the lure, jerked it into the water and boom she retrieved her prize! No one else caught a fish, nor did we even get a bite. Did the day turn sour? Did the sun quit shining? Did we run home with disappointment and agitation that she was …

Detours Don’t Deter

When I went into town a couple of days ago there was a sign up that said Highway 51 closed to through traffic. I assumed it was out past the bridge. Later when I drove down Pine Street, I was surprised that it was in the middle of town that the street was closed and detour signs were posted. When detours in life come our way we can be very surprised. We assume it won’t happen where we are, but a detour is better than an accident. We have to heed the signs and follow God no matter what. Oh beloved, …

And So We Wait

Waiting: stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens; used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen. A few weeks ago, I was up at 4am busily getting ready to travel to a conference. I had almost forgotten about the pregnancy test I had taken that early morning, but thankfully, I happened to glance at it before walking out the door. Expecting to see only one line, I did a triple take when I saw not one, but two obvious pink lines. I didn’t …

Simply Enough

A Psalm for the most important relationship in my life, the one I have with my Savior Jesus Christ: Many times the pain of my life runs deep and I can feel it like a suffocating fire. I hurt and I feel alone. But then, a whisper from my Savior says, “You are never alone. I am with you in your darkest hour and even in this pain you are loved. YOU are the apple of MY eye. YOU find your confidence in ME alone. YOU are righteous by MY blood. YOU are forgiven.” The pain is still there, but …

You Can Fly

When I was a little girl I thought I could fly. Seriously. I’d stand on the couch and jump and in my youthful imagination I’d sweep around the living room through the air and back to the couch. It was pretty exhilarating and gave me a sense of oh so much freedom. Eventually I quit “flying”. I got older and attributed that ability to fly to my imagination. Oh beloved, God reminds me of youthful flying this morning because He wants you to know your abilities in Christ including flying! Soaring in the Spirit is your birthright as a born …