All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for … Read More God’s Word Provides Comfort
a million bucks? a brand new car? better health? How about, plain & simple…some genuine happiness? After being penned up in a hotel room for months on end with 3 kids, husband, luggage, laundry, homework, backpacks, jackets, sports equipment, toaster, blender, snacks and who-knows-what-else was lurking beneath the pile of stinky socks…I could feel discontentment creeping in. As I looked around, I began to … Read More What Do You Want?
Funny how God stretches you in the unimaginable. To great lengths you never knew you could withstand, like a rubber band. I could not perceive what He was up to…but I could feel some work being done within.
How many times have you started a project but never finished it? I know if you walk into my craft room one would begin to wonder what in the world is all of this stuff for? What is going on in here? I have projects that were started several years ago that still have never been completed. I have never been diagnosed with ADD, … Read More Almost Done
Thanksgiving has come and gone…but I cannot help but reminisce a bit about this year’s turkey. From the looks of things, he stayed in the fire too long and was severely burned. Oh, how so many of us would say the same thing right now. Life can be trying, difficult, rocky, unending and certainly leave us with a few visible scars. However, as believers, we … Read More It’s supposed to look this way
The Greek word for goodness is agathosume. It is more than an excellence of character; it is character energized by expressing itself in benevolent and active goodness. The fruit of the Spirit referred to as goodness is like kindness on steroids. It is everything that kindness is and represents, but one step more. It has an edge. It is extremely active. It doesn’t sit back … Read More Hang on
We often lose sight of God. It is so tempting to get caught up in the doing that we miss out on the seeing & hearing. For years, I just did what everyone else was doing. If I had a friend working in the nursery, then I would follow there. If everyone was helping out in Sunday school, then I wanted to be a part of … Read More Avoiding Burn Out
Kids are awesome! You never know what is going to come out of their mouths. They constantly keep you on your toes. They exhaust you, try you, sleep-deprive you and add hot sauce to your life. That’s why so many of us decide we can’t live without them…and also have moments where we don’t know if we can continue to live with them. They are experts at … Read More Kids…need I say more?
Gentleness lives in full awareness of what is going on around you, constantly thinking of others before yourself. It is a fruit of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 which is derived from the Greek word prautes, meaning a condition of the heart and mind that will endure injury with patience and peace of mind. In classical Greek, the word prautes was used to describe a soothing ointment … Read More Walk Humbly
Not long ago, we were on a family road trip when we came upon an unexpected delay. The road closure did not appear on our google map and therefore, we sat for endless hours in our SUV. Naturally, this resulted in much complaining, whining and unsolicited comments like “Are we there yet?” How we handle unexpected bumps and detours in our personal journeys is … Read More Detour