The Captivity of Activity

At the end of the summer my husband and I will become empty nesters. Sort of. It has weighed on my mind that I should start doing more, as I will have more free time. Right? A dear friend has cautioned me about getting too busy and thinking that I will have oodles of...

Praying Kingdom Prayers

How then shall we pray? Here are reminders of some powerful, yet simple truths about prayer. God is building His kingdom, His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:17-18) He has chosen us to be part of that process through prayer....

Mad at the Eye Doctor!

For the past few months, I’ve been having some eye troubles. I won’t go into all the boring details, but let’s just say I’ve been to the eye doctor a few times. I love her – she is friendly, talks candidly with me about the pro’s...

Shine Like Stars!

Philippians 2:14-16a  Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of...

On The Way

I have a favorite story in the gospel of Luke 17:11-19. It is a short tale of how Jesus healed ten leprous men. At the end only one returned to thank him, and most of the applications I’ve heard of this story have concentrated on that fact. Jesus asked,...

The Five Steps to Overcome

I recently was privileged to speak at a church and share my testimony of how the Lord freed me from the bondage of bitterness. When I describe the process, I list 5 steps. Later a friend remarked to me that these 5 steps might be used for overcoming almost any sin....

Why Judah?

We just finished a Bible study on Genesis this semester. The one we used was The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis by Nancy Guthrie, which I highly recommend. Here’s something that jumped out at me anew from these familiar stories. The lineage of Jesus the...

The Blame Game

A dear friend sent me an article written by a Catholic nun. She is telling the tale of a favorite novel of hers* and the themes that are prevalent in it – sin, redemption, forgiveness. The main character makes a grave mistake in her youth and then spends...

Two Things Jesus Said About Prayer

Jesus walked on planet earth for 33 years and engaged in full-time ministry for only the last three years of His life. That’s a very short amount of time to teach and influence the people who would spread His message around the entire world. In addition to...

God’s Compassion And Provision For Us

I love the book of Isaiah. There’s plenty of prophecies about the coming Messiah and when you think that this book was written at least 700 years before Christ was born, you have to consider the amazing vastness of God! Even when you think that He knew you and I...