• You Can Fear Not, For God is With You

    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”—Psalm 23:4 (NKJV). As my dog and I huddled underneath a makeshift tornado shelter in my bedroom, I was listening for weather updates on my cell […]

  • Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”—Matthew 25:23 (NIV). It wasn’t like any funeral service I’d ever attended. Instead, it was a celebration of a friend’s life—a life well-lived. I […]

  • There’s Hope for the Brokenhearted

    “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”—Psalm 34:18 (ESV). For more than five months, one of our church members was ill. Despite the loss of two teenage grandsons, she was a spirit-filled joyful woman. She gladly volunteered at church and in our community, and those who knew Terri have […]

  • Knowing the One Who Always Keeps His Word

    For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil”—Genesis 3:5 (NIV). We all know people who have broken their promises. If you follow politics, you know it happens more times than we can count. But we all fall short because […]

  • Remember, This World is Not Our Home

    “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven”—Hebrews 13:14 (TLB). A Christmas gift I received from my youngest son has led me to ponder life—my life to be exact. Unwrapping the present, I discovered a book titled tell me your life story, Nana, put a smile […]

  • Lessons Learned From a Simple Gingerbread House

    “God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me— my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me an appetite for your words of wisdom, and not for […]

  • Let There Be Peace on Earth

    “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests”— Luke 2:14 (NIV). In 1944, Jill Jackson attempted suicide, but she didn’t succeed. Later, in an interview aired on  National Public Radio, Humankind, Jackson talked about her background and what led her to write the song, “Let […]

  • When Love Came Down at Christmas

    “Do everything in love”—1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV). One of the things I love about this time of the year is the music, including the hymns and the contemporary versions of those songs. It’s interesting to read the stories of the songwriters and what inspired the lyrics they wrote. “Love Came Down at Christmas” is one […]

  • Our God is rich in mercy

    “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing […]

  • Everyone has a Story to Share

    “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality”—Romans 12:13 (NIV). While volunteering at our church’s Amazing Grace free clothes closet, I love interacting with those in need of assistance. I’m often blessed by those who share their story. Stories of struggling to put food on the table, pay for rent, or purchase […]