For the Road Ahead

For the Road Ahead

Although we’ve taken a few trips, there are special trips we’ve planned for many years. One of these days we’re going to know it’s time and head out. Planning is essential. When you’re on a trip you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. You also need to know what sights you want to see along the way. Without planning it is easy to get mixed up and focus on the things you really didn’t intend to do. Many sights along the way easily become distractions. Distractions steal time, money, focus and joy. We …

Running Everywhere?

Running Everywhere?

I made a quick run to the mega mart last night after 9 pm. I’m not one to get out at night especially when it’s cold. But two things were needed and I made the offer to fetch them. First I searched for another item in case they had it. No luck. The items I did get were at opposite ends of the huge building so I ran all over the place to get them. I’m the first to admit that when I find myself in need, I often run all over the place trying to find the peace, comfort, …

Prized Possession

Prized Possession

    Prized Possession     We went to Danny’s first outpatient rehab after we got home. They had many questions for him. We had questions for them too. After all Danny is a prized treasure to me. I have only his best interests in mind. Peace love and quiet are what he needs now. Along with rehab therapists who care about the patient and will take an active interest in their recovery. We were blessed and excited to find out that we had chosen a place where one on one therapy and excellent state of the art equipment would …

Constant Communication

Constant Communication

Communication with my husband is interesting at this time to say the least. This couple who is used to morning and evening talks as well as all through the day is learning new ways to get our words understood. Body language is becoming more important as words don’t simply flow right now. We find that it’s important to focus on each other for health and healing. Oh beloved, whatever issues of life you are dealing with you can have constant communication available with the Lord. As you learn to rely on Him you will be getting your cues from Holy …

Peace That Passes Understanding

Peace That Passes Understanding

    Peace that Passes Understanding     My father is a singing, guitar-playing pastor while my mother, brother, and I sing as well. I believe this exposure has led me to be very partial to music.  It’s enjoyable to read through the Bible and find scripture that so obviously inspired some of the songs and hymns I’ve heard throughout my life. When you were a child, did you ever sing or hear the song “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy”?  While the catchy tune, suggesting the devil sit on a tack (Ouch!) was quite satisfying, I never understood …

Free Consent

Free Consent

  Free Consent       When you’re an employer, one of the rights you are expected to give a potential employee is free consent.  Before the person accepts the job, they should know exactly what responsibilities they are taking, and the consequences.  For example, someone may not accept a position of night watchman if they know upfront the crime rate in the area they will be stationed is much higher than the place of application. Many people believe that because God is our comforter, once we submit ourselves to Him, our lives will be perfect.  Jesus gave full disclosure …

It’s All in the Details…or is it?

It’s All in the Details…or is it?

    It’s All in the Details…or is it?     Not many people have a ton of money straight out of high school. Even with a full-time job, the pay was still very low. It always seemed like I never had money for anything. Then, the credit cards began to rack up. Finances are one of the most anxiety-inducing situations anyone will ever experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the frustration and fears of not knowing what it going to happen next. So, what does the Bible say about these scenarios and how can we feel the …

To Fear or Not to Fear

To Fear or Not to Fear

    To Fear or Not to Fear     I frequently travel nationwide for business.  When I’m across country alone, I’m always watching over my shoulder, taking caution in my attire and body language, and making sure my hotel is located in a safe area.  It’s sad that the world has come to this, but a lone female must take extra safeguards in protecting herself. I’m sure I’m not the only woman to consider all the worst-case scenarios.  But when I do, I also contemplate my reactions.  I recall the lady in The War Room when she was about …

Surrender All

Surrender All

    Surrender All     I’m a non-traditional college student, taking online classes, part-time while in my mid-thirties.  One semester, I took an Ethics course (probably not the first course a Christian would register for).  To my surprise, I wasn’t the only Bible-believer in the class.  Others, more courageous than I, spoke up in the discussion boards about their spiritual background and beliefs, which inspired me to do the same. In our final paper, we were to take a controversial subject previously studied in the course and give our opinion backed by moral thoughts and feelings.  Close to one-third …

Distinct Hope

Distinct Hope

  Distinct Hope       Death is a word with an extremely negative connotation, but does it have to be? Not really.  If we are saved, death means that we will be with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5: 8).  While the thought of separating from my family is heart-wrenching, being able to talk and walk with Jesus, our Savior, sounds amazing. While we may not fear death for ourselves, we still experience it through the loss of those around us.  I’ve lost grandparents, but they didn’t live close by, so I’ve not known loss like many others around me.  But …

Peace from the Shepherd

Peace from the Shepherd

DAY THREE: ADVENT – Peace from the Shepherd “Daddy, I’m scared.” The father pulled the tiny balled-up fists from the child’s eyes and wrapped his strong hands around them. “I’m right here. Tell me why you’re frightened.” “I don’t know what’s going to happen.” “It’s going to be fine. I promise.” “But, how do you know?” “I know because I’ve already been there. Rest now.” Our family knows how the child felt. Four years ago, my grandson, Gage, was diagnosed with leukemia. The discovery came fast. In just a few days, Gage went from not feeling well to a trip …

Groanings Too Deep For Words

Groanings Too Deep For Words

DAY TWO: There are days when I desperately cry out to the Lord.  Those times of desperation do not come with beautiful words or clever turns of phrases.  Sometimes, the only word I can say is “Jesus.”  My soul is overwhelmed and I am unable to articulate exactly how I feel. That is when I am most grateful for the assurances of Romans 8.  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And He who searches hearts knows what …