The Reworked Plan

plan

In many respects, the miraculous beginning of the universe and all life-forms seems to have little relevance on the complicated details of our daily routines. But, when our circumstances become stressful, overwhelming, frustrating, or even boring, the contemplation of God’s creative power can bring needed perspective. For God to merely speak and call forth something…

Read More

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

advent-wreath

The famous song by the above title heralds Christmas as a romantic season of parties, traditions, singing, and general love and good will towards others. Written in 1963, it reflects the era of the mid-1900’s, making it even more romantic in this day of painful relationships, commercialism aimed at profit, the idolizing of Santa Claus,…

Read More

Got Concealed-Carry?

Holster CONCEALED

One of the most amazing, astounding, perplexing and comforting scriptures is found in 1 John 4:4, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them [evil spirits], because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” The “them” John is referencing impact our lives as injustices,…

Read More

Grace in the Identity Crisis

working mom

Years ago I worked for corporate America, receiving yearly reviews and salary increases…until we started having children. I have never regretted obeying God’s call to stay home with our three boys, but it was a huge adjustment. Not only did I feel inept at being a mommy, but there was no longer anyone complimenting me…

Read More

The Welcome Mat

welcome mat

Today’s headlines are extraordinarily alarming in highlighting incident after incident where division, discord, and hatred have prevailed. Unfortunately, the shedding of innocent blood, prejudices against races/peoples, and the greedy pursuit of wealth, fame and power, are age-old human issues that seem to be escalating in our present time. Many have commented that human decency and…

Read More

The Wind Beneath My Wings

soaring-eagle

In 2006, Bette Midler popularized the heart-rending song, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” heralding a quiet, unassuming hero of extraordinary strength and humility – a steadfast background character secure enough in his own skin to simply be – attracting no attention to himself. I have often thought how much like Jesus that character was: staying in…

Read More

Effective Communication

can-phone

No one has to look very far – generally, not even outside our homes – to understand that one of the biggest relational problems we have is the ability to communicate with one another. The reasons are myriad, and to explore them would require a book. Yet, an interesting observation of communication breakdowns (involving us)…

Read More

Prayer that Changes the World

earth viewed from space

I personally believe Ephesians is one of the most powerful books of the Bible because of the profound spiritual revelation Paul gives, followed by prayer for us as believers. His prayers are earnest, intense, and laser-focused, as Paul’s heart-desire was that we would understand and appropriate these Truths. While each prayer is life-changing, one that…

Read More