God’s Plan

God’s Plan

My dad liked to move a lot. I am remembering one move in particular this morning. I was almost 9 and I was glad to leave the school I was attending. But I also had to leave Nipper behind. He was one of my favorite dogs of all time. A border collie mix, he went everywhere I did. We lived in the country and I spent a lot of time in the woods, at the creek on our property and riding my bicycle up and down the red dirt roads. He was always at my side. The day we left …

Why Does God Allow Troubles?

Why Does God Allow Troubles?

  As long as everything appears to be progressing as we like, it is easy to thank God and enjoy our blessings, and how many of us while enjoying God’s blessings ever bother to ask God, Why me? But when those same people begin to suffer trials and heartaches, they may be the first to ask in their minds, if not audibly for fear of appearing irreverent, why me, God. The fact that you and I are God’s children, does not mean we’ll be exempt from trials and temptations. I never imagined the extent of Satan’s temptations until after accepting Jesus as the Savior …

Waiting Can Produce Patience

Waiting Can Produce Patience

    “For who hopes for what she sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 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 the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8: 24-27     I am ashamed to write this, but at almost 100 years of …

All Things Work Together for Good

All Things Work Together for Good

  “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, to those who are called according to his purpose.”   This verse does not say all things are good; we know many things are not good: cancer causes deaths of individuals from infancy to old age, divorce has caused many children to be robbed of two loving parents, wars have caused the deaths of many brave soldiers. And with all the evils Satan stands by and claps with glee! Though all things are not good, God can take some things which in themselves are bad and combine them …

Reward of God’s Pruning

Reward of God’s Pruning

    After saying all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose, Paul added: “For those whom he foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.” Romans 8: 29a.     We are getting into some deep theology here, but in my words I believe this scripture means that in God’s foreknowledge He knew I would be saved, was aware of the years I would waste, but that I would become one of His children, and through the process of sanctification would become more like Jesus. Knowing that …

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” I love the challenge of starting something new. I have a creative side so no matter if it’s a new project, a new phase in life, a new thought with potential or a challenge when someone says I can’t do it because it’s impossible, I’m up for it. Little did I know that God would use this personality trait for one of the hardest challenges …

New Insight

New Insight

  Funny how finding an old journal written years ago brings back memories almost forgotten. Times of struggles and trials that brought me to where I am now were written down.  Journaling has been my habit over the years and has given encouragement to me through each step along the journey.  Why?  This was something I did for myself and God used journal writing to draw my soul and spirit closer to Himself. Someone once said “you can’t see the forest for the trees” meaning you only focus on one tree seeing only what is in front of you instead …

Runway or Running Away

Runway or Running Away

    Runway or Running Away     This is the first Miss America, Margaret Gorman.  She was crowned in 1921. Check out that crown! The Miss America Pageant was originally a “Fall Frolic” – an event launched by local Atlantic City businessmen in 1921 as a gimmick to extend the summer season. Since that time The Miss America Organization has expanded to include not only swimsuit, but evening gown, talent, interview competitions – and millions of dollars in scholarship money each year.  Representatives from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia compete for the coveted national …

Esther: Shining In A Dark Place

Esther: Shining In A Dark Place

    Esther: Shining In A Dark Place     Esther’s name means star. Esther 2: 7 describes her as “..lovely in form and features ..” She is beautiful, but most likely all the girls brought to the palace are beautiful.  What makes Esther different? Why does she stand out from the others? Esther is put under the care of Hegai, the manager of the harem.  As a eunuch, he would have been forced to give up much to serve the king.  Perhaps many of these girls treated him as a servant or possibly as less than a man.  Maybe …

Take A Little Time

Take A Little Time

    Take A Little Time     On the third day… Esther 5: 1a Esther chose to deal with the crisis in her world by taking time to fast and pray. Esther not only prayed … she prayed for three days. The edict has gone out.  This is CRISIS mode! But rather than just shooting up a quick arrow prayer, Esther makes time to do the real work of prayer – for three days. These words by Oswald Chambers were uttered hundreds of years after Esther lived: Prayer is not a preparation for work, it IS work. Prayer is …

Outdoor Fun and Trials

Outdoor fun and trials… I love being outdoors and taking in all nature has to offer.  It has such a peaceful and calming effect on me.  Camping, hiking, fishing and hunting are a few things that I enjoy. To go camping you don’t just go. You pick the location. You gather food and supplies. You pack the vehicle or camper. You drive to the destination. You set up camp by leveling your camper or staking down the tent. You unpack the vehicle. You swim, ski or fish. You share meals with friends and family. Roast marshmallows and enjoy a couple …

More Than You Can Bear

More Than You Can Bear

How many times have you heard God won’t give you more than you can handle.  Well, I am here to tell you that it is not true.  God does allow things we can’t handle and He does it for a good purpose.  If we never had anything we couldn’t handle we would not need Him!! He does promise  “There has no temptation taken you but that which is common to man but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able but will make a way of escape so that you can bear …