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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 the season, we are easily distracted. If our eyes are not intentionally on the lookout for opportunities, we… Read More

My entire world changed in an instant with health issues which surfaced way too soon. Brain fog, mobility issues, and even the breath in my lungs can’t be taken for granted any longer. I wonder is there anything that I can count on anymore? Will the sun rise tomorrow? Is there anything in my life that I can rely on to stay the same?  Will the stars shine once more? Is there… Read More

A little girl crawls into her grandfather’s lap.  In his arms, she doesn’t fear the semi trucks rushing by on the highway.  Even when he lifts her onto the front of his motorcycle seat and speeds down the darkened road; she’s not scared. Benefits of God’s Presence In this same way, we find comfort when we kneel in God’s presence. Creator of the Universe leaning down to listen to our prayers is… Read More

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 may refuse to listen to God because we fear losing comfort. But if we refuse to listen to… Read More

As a public school teacher I worked with children to teach them how to read, write, think mathematically, and ask questions like a scientist. The students learned about the importance to vote, the constitution and the Bill of Rights.  All important topics for students to grow up to be productive American citizens. But the biggest part of our instructional time was spent preparing for the FCAT or FSA. The students contrasted themes,… Read More

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.

Our Own Path to “Freedom” According to the National Runaway Safeline approximately 2 million teenagers run away from home every year in the United States.  Youth as young as ten years old decide to leave their parents’ home.  Some may have parents who tell them to leave, but other may be escaping from sexual abuse or neglect. Most don’t believe their parents care, so they wander the streets seeking a better life…. Read More

Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15) rings loudly in my conscious.  But really Lord, even the grumpy Wal-Mart clerk? Does the Lord feel pain when I don’t pay attention to His teaching? Does he remember the crucifixion, when I doubt whether the person will listen? I mean seriously, they didn’t even say hello when I greeted them.  Does he mind when I tell people… Read More

I’m an avid reader, so I love to read Christian devotionals and bible studies that are written by women. But recently, my gut twists every time I hear another favorite writer and the words “false teacher” thrown together in the same sentence. Just like I quickly pluck red socks from my white laundry basket, I need to pluck false statements presented as truth just as quickly. Although I have never met my… Read More

When the Lord first used a broken fountain in Detroit to stir my heart to share my faith, fear paralyzed me for a season. But the hope of Christ burning within me overcome my fear.  However, other fears quickly replaced the first and for a while halted my willingness to share my faith. If you have ever struggled with sharing your faith, I’ve been there way too long. Here are a nine… Read More