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 …

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, …

Wake Up Beloved Believer!

Here I am at 3 am. I just woke up from dreaming that I was driving in the dark and couldn’t even see the road. Glad to wake up from that . And now it’s a new time in a new day. Oh beloved, God wants to wake you up. He wants you to quit focusing on the things of your life that seem like bad dreams. He wants to give you a new time in a new day! He wants to completely change your perspective. On our own we are all driving in the dark without really seeing the road. …

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 …

You’re Dead And Yet Alive

We came home from the conference we attended and between washing clothes and napping we watched two old westerns. High noon was one of them. Kane, the just resigned as sheriff and married a Quaker, knew he needed to stand up to the man who was returning from prison on the noon train. His efforts to round up a posse at the tavern, and then the church, are met with fear and hostility. Some townspeople, worried that a gunfight would damage the town’s reputation, urge Kane to avoid the confrontation entirely. Others are Miller’s friends, and resent that Kane cleaned …

You Need The Real Thing

Guitars have been part of my family since before I was born. Uncles, cousins and my own children play them. Our middle daughter and our son started playing when their grandmother gave them a small guitar when they were young. That daughter now has one of the best guitars made, given to her by her husband for Christmas. So I laughed as I looked at a portable pocket guitar for sale. It’s just the upper part, the fret of the guitar and it was called a guitar gadget trainer. But I know it can’t do much for you because it’s not …

A Carrier of Glory

Nothing like spending time in the dentist’s office. It was also time to update all my information, so paperwork was handed to me and as I filled it out It thought about all the diseases that I could have – it is quite the list on the paperwork. Thankfully I am not a carrier of all those things. I was blessed that the dentist even called me last night to check on how I was doing. Thankfully, again, I can say I am doing great. Oh beloved, aren’t’ we blessed that our lives are not just a list of things …

I Like Coffee – I Need Jesus

This morning I am thinking about coffee. I’m thinking about how much I enjoy coffee. You could say I love it. You could also say because I love it, I don’t want to do without it. I don’t plan to do without it. I do plan to try more brands, flavors and styles. It’s almost as though I need it. It’s definitely not a necessity. But I will enjoy a cup sometime this morning. While coffee may not be dangerous, there are things we think we have to have that can be dangerous. There are addictions of course. Alcohol and …

Don’t Let Your Peace Be Disturbed

We roomed during the conference with some very good friends at a local motel. The accommodations were great and very quiet, all except for the last night. Homecoming meant teenagers had a room next to us. Since they were so very loud we made two calls to the front desk. At the second call the night manager said to us “Yes ma’am we are aware of the situation and officers are here. Please be patient we are taking care of it.” The officer is taking care of it. We could have knocked on the neighbors door and complained in person. …

Rumors of Wars

Yesterday we had a great day together. In spite of wars and rumors of wars. Just sayin. My sweetie and I took the beautiful sunny day as an opportunity to go do some things and spend a Christmas gift card from one of our kids. During the day stuff happened of course. We had a phone call that didn’t go well. But one of the main things was we got word that Danny’s best buddy since early elementary went home to be with Jesus. Frustration and sadness threatened to totally take over our day. The sun kept shining, the weather …