Have you ever thought you must have been standing in the wrong line when God handed out natural talents? Are you like me wondering what in the world your natural ability is much less your spiritual gift? Jill Briscoe in the book, “Here Am I Lord, Send Someone Else!” reminded me God has given usContinue reading “What is Your Natural Gift?”
While sitting at the wedding feast of my son and his lovely bride, I remembered the wedding parable that Jesus taught. Wearing my plum colored “mother-in-law” dress and looking very matronly, I squirmed just a bit as I considered whether my attire was suitable for this joyous occasion. “The kingdom of heaven may be comparedContinue reading “Trying to Fake It Until You Make It?”
Stressors appear in many shapes. Work, financial, and even illness all affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. One strategy to relieve stress is listening to music. So this past week as I read David’s psalms I reflected how stressed he must have been when he wrote these psalms. David played the harp, so this weekContinue reading “Relieving Stress With Music”
My whole life I’ve carefully protected a secret I’m not willing to share with most people. There are only a few trusted friends who I’ve shared my secret with. Most of my friends don’t believe it. They all think I’m crazy. But tonight I will share it with my most trusted friend. For a year,Continue reading “Why Do We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus?”
If you too have been searching for a gift that really makes a difference in the lives of others, consider various ways to look to the interest of others.
As we gather with families, friends, and co-workers for holiday parties, our conversation can settle on recipes for the chocolate cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting. Topics land on gifts we have bought and often drift to the gifts we hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Although Jesus is the reason for theContinue reading “How to Answer Who is Jesus?”
My first Christmas in the military I was so excited to return home to Florida. At my station in Colorado, there were many unique shops with handmade pottery. Micheal Garmin was a fantastic artist who created beautiful sculptures. There was one in particular that I wanted to purchase for my husband (then boyfriend). It wasContinue reading “10 Ways to Avoid Overspending this Christmas”
Heavenly Father, you are our Salvation. From your glorious throne, you look upon your disobedient sons and daughters with compassion. When you see how sin enslaves us, you comfort us. Extending out your hand, you grant us your favor. We trust your plan that you designed for our lives. When we face trials, we rememberContinue reading “12 Things to Be Thankful For”
Unfortunately there are no shortcuts to satisfying our deepest desires. God has a great deal of work to do in our minds, hearts, and soul. He breathes aspirations of love to us. He removes fear and prunes all our branches that do not bear fruit. He digs deep into our soul and plants a longing for righteousness that only He can fulfill.
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”