December 12, 2018

Does it seem like life’s disappointments all pile up this time of year? Aloneness, the grief of a lost loved one, financial hardship, sickness, or a broken relationship is accentuated during the holiday season. At some point in our lives, we will all experience one or more of these challenges around the holidays. So, what do we do with our illuminated pile of disappointments? There are no easy solutions but there are a few things I’ve found to be helpful…. Read more

December 7, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be running. Running here, running there, always running trying to keep up with family, friends, projects, responsibilities, and upcoming events. In the midst of all my busyness, I’ve found it’s critical to stop and ask myself, “Which way am I running?” Every day, we find ourselves running toward people and things and/or away from people and things. Have you ever stopped to think about what or who you are running toward or what… Read more

December 5, 2018

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 to jail. So, as far as I’m concerned, I was not arrested, I was rescued from myself!” What a positive attitude this precious young lady embraced… Read more

November 30, 2018

As Christians, we sometimes promote forgiveness without consequences and generosity without responsibility, and we often downplay the importance of boundaries. When in reality, boundaries in our lives and relationships are a vital component of our spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical health — and of the overall health of others as well. A boundary is a personal property line. I like to think of it as my personal picket fence — one that protects my personal space. It is approachable but… Read more

November 28, 2018

Plan A was the plan my mom put her entire godly faith in, plan B was never really discussed- except one time. She laid on the couch fighting advanced breast cancer that had morphed into bone cancer when my mom talked about plan B. We talked about many things- she was also my friend. I asked my mom if God choose not to heal her and when she got to heaven, to please tell our son how much we love… Read more

November 26, 2018

How often do you stop to think about the many blessings you have? Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, I am more aware than ever just how thankful I am for my relationship with Christ, my family and the many blessings God provides me. Even when life doesn’t go as planned, or I experience loss, rejection, failure or set-backs, there are always aspects of life I can choose to focus on and be thankful for Let me encourage you to continue to… Read more

November 23, 2018

  Over the past few years, I’ve begun to analyze lingering un-forgiveness, insecurities, fears, and distorted beliefs I’ve clung to most of my life. In the process, I’ve discovered most have been a direct result of painful experiences from my past. I began identifying the roots of my issues and started making necessary repairs. Today, I am no longer bound to the bitterness and triggers and issues my past pain left behind. Today, I’m better prepared to embrace forgiveness more… Read more

November 21, 2018

We’re all familiar with the children’s song “Jesus loves me, this I know”. It was sung to me as a child and I sang it to my sons. The proof of His limitless love for us was demonstrated through His death on the cross. And, the power of His prevailing love for us was exhibited when He rose from the grave to defeat death once and for all. Last week, I read a bumper sticker that said, “Jesus Knows Me… Read more

November 19, 2018

What is God challenging you to do that you need more courage to accomplish? Do you sometimes wonder if God can really use you? If you’re capable of doing the things you sense He’s calling you to do? If so, you’re not alone. We all feel that way at times. And, if you feel that way now — you’ve just reached a level of humility that allows God to do great things in and through you. You have also reached… Read more

November 16, 2018

I’ve often heard it said, “Hurt people – hurt people,” and I have to say, most often, this is the case. One of the hardest things to do is to extend grace, compassion, and loving kindness toward people who have hurt us. Actually, we often hope even God will also withhold His grace, compassion, and loving kindness toward others who have offended us in some way. Have you experienced this emotion recently, or are you feeling this way now? In… Read more

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