Why We Should Ask For A Blessing

Photo by Flickr User Jeff Adair. Used via Creative Commons attribution licensing. Standing in line at the Publix grocery store, the little girl’s hand reached for the Hershey bar. Her mom’s piercing eyes stared down like a laser beam. Her shaking head reminded her not to ask for the chocolaty goodness. The little girl’s head droppedContinue reading “Why We Should Ask For A Blessing”

How Should I Respond to the Corona Virus?

“The media is just making a really big deal about this Corona virus”, I thought while driving to Wal-Greens on Feb 28th, 2020. Packing my bags for air travel, the only necessary precaution needed was Dial soap for hand-washing. After all, Alaska is part of the United States. It’s not like I’m traveling to anContinue reading “How Should I Respond to the Corona Virus?”

Encourage the Disheartened

Are you afraid to fail? So terrified your knees buckle and you fall to the ground drawing in huge gulps of air? Do your paralyzed legs and arms feel heavier than a elephant? Are you stammering excuses why you couldn’t possible do it. “I don’t speak well.” “Nobody will listen to me,” rolls off yourContinue reading “Encourage the Disheartened”

How to Pray Fervently

Do you leave for work in the morning without praying? Does your mind wander when you bow your head? Or maybe you don’t pray because God hears the prayers of the righteous and well, …that doesn’t match your lifestyle right now. Perhaps, you’ve prayed the same prayer so often, you wonder why bother? Your enemyContinue reading “How to Pray Fervently”

How To Increase Your Strength

Our society desires strength.  We munch energy Bars and slurp Protein Shakes in the hopes of increasing stamina. Men and women both pump iron for hours at the gym to build their muscles. We often think of strength in the terms of inner character as well.  Strong women survive trials and tribulations.  Strong men never giveContinue reading “How To Increase Your Strength”

10 Reasons To Be Joyful

My breathless husband murmured, “I’m not going to the emergency room.” Should we refuse to listen to the doctor’s advice? Sometimes we are like this with God, “I’m not going to…” Fill in your own blank.  It may be an unwillingness to give financially, pray out loud, or invite people into your home. We mayContinue reading “10 Reasons To Be Joyful”

The Holy Spirit

Hushing my anxious thoughts, I wait for quiet calmness. A hidden treasure protected by high steep walls. Listening to the silence breathe A tiny voice whispers within my soul. In the stillness of the early morning light, He sings to me. Simmering beneath the ashes, He waits. A precious spark reveals a rich legacy FanningContinue reading “The Holy Spirit”

How Do We Fight Fear?

What happens after your finger touches the voice mail button and your heart plummets to your knees?  After the heart attack, the truck roll over, or the limb shattering fall? As I listen to the stranger’s voice explaining why my husband hadn’t arrived home tonight, my ear zeros in on the words, “not opening hisContinue reading “How Do We Fight Fear?”

Are you Sharing Your Story?

On the Fourth of July I strolled along the beautiful blue Detroit River in Motor City, Michigan.  Although it was a national holiday, people enjoying the unusually cool afternoon were scarce along the scenic river walk.  Hart Plaza stood eerily vacant except for two skateboarders posing for a photograph.   As my friends admired sculpturesContinue reading “Are you Sharing Your Story?”

Don’t Go There!

Has your spirit screamed, “Don’t go there?” The next two sentences pop out smooth as butter.  Then your conversation turns a dangerous curve. Under pressure your restraint cracks.  You pause, but complaints spew forth like a geyser! The Israelites who explored Canaan can relate. They desired to serve the Lord and were blessed with largeContinue reading “Don’t Go There!”