Ignore the Outside!

 I had a wonderful weekend with some godly Christian women. They are all involved in ministry jobs. We heard stories of how God is using them to build His kingdom in various ways and in different settings.  But on the way home, I felt sort of down and discouraged....

Why Not Repent And Be Free?

I know Christians who are struggling in bitterness. You probably do, too. They are still stuck in their anger and unforgiveness towards others. I want desperately to convince them that once you’re released from that bondage there is great peace and joy on the...

Simple But Not Easy

Yesterday I was speaking with my wise pastor who spends much of his time counseling. He tells those who are struggling with various temptations and griefs, “It’s simple, but not easy.” What is he talking about? The simple solution to overcoming the...

Living In The Light

Whenever I am tempted to hold on to some anger, to remember the evil words said to me, to nurse the hurts or disrespect perpetrated against me, I am flirting with the sin of bitterness. The place where I’m mad and hurt and plotting revenge is dark. It’s a...

Rehearsing My Identity

I have always had a difficult time believing that I am loved. Because I grew up in a household where loving words and affirmation were absent I learned to believe lies about who I am.  One of the biggest beliefs I internalized was that I was not loved or worthy of...

Growing in Faith

Believing God is a Bible study authored by Beth Moore that has impacted me greatly. I have done it multiple times, and it never fails to challenge me in my faith. The 5 tenets of the study are: God is who He says He is God can do what He says He can do I am who God...

Growing in Gratitude

One of my goals for 2016 is to grow in gratitude and this came partly from slowly reading and pondering Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book Choosing Gratitude over the past few months. It is wisdom from a true woman of God and I highly recommend it. Near the end she writes...

Goals for 2016

Bible teacher Beth Moore wrote on Twitter the day after Christmas: “Well, we have 5 days to give some serious thought about whether or not we’re going to take 2015’s offenses into even 5 minutes of 2016.” That struck me anew as a worthy goal...

The Expectations of the Season – (repeat!)

This is a repeat of a blog I wrote last year right around Christmas time. I just re-read it and it’s still a good reminder and attitude check for me. I hope it will encourage you, too! …Someone suggested recently that I compare my attitudes and feelings of...

Celebrating Christmas

I was looking at Christmas cards and saw one that said “Joy, Peace, Family, Merry Christmas” on the front. I thought, “since when has family become as important as joy and peace?” Then I was watching a sappy Christmas movie on TV and the theme...