• Transform Your Pain to Strength

    Life stretches you. Three words that combine into a common saying—easily rolled off the tongue in precise moments of reflection—which belie the pain threading them together. Experience grows. Empathy increases. Wisdom...comes. But, to the one on the rack crying out for it to stop. It is a common saying for common circumstances. Until the pain is yours. Then it is unique to you. If circumstances in your life are stretching you beyond your ability to cope, be encouraged that God has not left you …

  • God's Secret to Success: Part 1

    Success starts with a dream. It grows by believing in the dream. It humbly proceeds by patience and hard work. But patience is the longest word I know. My earliest experience with the word is negative. It involved waiting, waiting and...more waiting. As an adult, when the Holy Spirit instructs me through James 1:4-8 to "let patience have her perfect work," I inwardly cringe, the memory of the word washing over me. But a biblical definition of patience does not mean to tolerate a delay just for t…

  • Do You Have Enough Faith to Walk Through Water?

    When the Israelites stood watching Pharaoh's army advance, they melted in fear. Surrounded by desert and faced with the sea, they began to doubt. Freak out may be a better visual. But God already had a way of escape planned. They just needed to do what He said. Move on. Years later when Joshua stood on the banks of the Jordan at flood stage, he told the priests carrying the ark to step into the water. Rushing water met their eyes and ears but faith in God's command moved them to put both feet…

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    #DowntonAbbey: Where Can We Go When

    the Sun Sets on Our Fleeting Dream?

     

    #Downton Abbey is almost over. I can’t believe I’ve been watching a nightly soap opera for so long. But I loved it! My daughters and I phone, text, message and re-live over coffee the week’s show. What on earth is going to replace Lady Mary on Sunday night? I had no idea I would like or come to need that time in front of television or computer to get my Abbey fix. I, just like the Israelites slaving away making bricks in Egypt, was unaware that something wonderful was waiting for me. The…

  • Do You Embrace Life's Challenges Positively?

    My two-year-old grandson, JT, tries to line up his matchbox cars on the arm of my sofa. One truck continues to roll off. He tries twice, then starts an indiscernible conversation with the truck that sounds oddly like a Curious George monologue. Finally, anger and a meltdown follow. It is hard not to laugh. But then I remember my own meltdowns over things beyond my skill and understanding, and think God probably looks at me like I’m looking at JT. Oh well. I wish my first thought would be, “O…

  • What is Your Popcorn #Praise ?

    Have you ever heard of popcorn #praise? It’s when your pastor or ministry leader announces that you can, by turns, stand up and briefly give God praise for something He is doing or has done in your life. It carries the effect of kernels of popcorn popping up. Today my popcorn praise may sound weird, but I am praising God for spare sump pumps and for teaching me how to install one. To explain, when my husband passed, he took with him the knowledge of sump pumps, septic tanks, generators, elec…


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