September 12, 2017

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT) Here the Apostle Paul reminds Christ followers to direct their attention toward matters that… Read more

September 8, 2017

“Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.” John 21:7 When Peter heard that it was Jesus on the shore, he left behind the fish he’d worked so hard to catch and immediately jumped overboard to be with Jesus. Real tests often come when we’ve… Read more

September 1, 2017

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1   Time flies! Seems like yesterday my boys were in elementary school and I was constantly entertained by their funny stories and inspired by their strong and loving hearts. But, it wasn’t yesterday. It’s now been 20 years since I carted those little guys around.  My sons are successful, productive young adults who work hard in their profession, love me and most importantly, love God.  Life… Read more

August 25, 2017

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 I was in my third “desert wilderness” journey with God when I asked Him if this was another “Job story” He was taking me through because it had all the earmarks of one. Immediately, I heard in my spirit, “This isn’t a Job story, it’s a pruning story.” I wondered what… Read more

August 11, 2017

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 We’ve all heard the quips and Bible quotes that tell us,“God has a good purpose and plan for your life”, but do we really believe that? Do we really believe God has a good purpose for us when something or someone challenges us? Or, do we allow doubt to creep in and take… Read more

August 4, 2017

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 While I was walking the beach with my girlfriends recently, I was moved by the vast beauty and serenity of the ocean. I was also awed by both the peacefulness and the enduing power it possesses.  The calm, lapping waves on the shore are gentle enough to be walked through –– yet the stormy waves beyond the shore view can… Read more

July 28, 2017

Recently I heard a song called, The Things That Dreams Are Made Of, by The Human League. The lyrics took me back to my decade’s old once-upon-a-time dreams. The things my dreams were once made of died a painful death- all at once. I married my high school sweetheart, moved into a new home, and later we had a beautiful son. But in a few short months, everything came to an end. Unexpectedly, our little boy died, our house was… Read more

July 8, 2017

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 My friend and I were walking on a warm summer evening, catching up on our lives. She asked me if I have a “living hope” in my heart. My first response was “seriously”? But she pressed me further. “Kathy, I’m serious, I know, as believers, we… Read more

June 30, 2017

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 Once, in a jail ministry class, one woman shared that she believes she was “rescued not arrested”. The other inmates looked puzzled by her statement. Then she began to explain, “because of my bad choices, I was a danger to myself and to others – so God actually rescued me by allowing me to go… Read more

June 20, 2017

I’m sure I’m not the only one who had no clue “what” or “who” a SAGE Con is –– right? When I ran across the reference to this title in a recent article, I had to stop, pull out my handy-dandy dictionary –– Google ––, and look it up. According to the Barna Group, a SAGE Con is a Spiritually Active Governance Engaged Conservative. Let’s break that down. The word SAGE Con, I discovered, is an acrostic used to describe… Read more

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