• Finding Hope in the New Year

    “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”— Isaiah 40:31(NIV). Isaiah 40:31 is one of my favorite scriptures. When I close my eyes, I can picture an eagle soaring overhead as […]

  • Have you lost your Christmas joy?

    “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy”—Matthew 2:10 (ESV). Overhearing a conversation at my doctor’s office waiting room, I silently agreed with the two women. They were discussing the hectic rush of preparing for Christmas. The joy of this wonderful season was obviously gone for them. Joining in their conversation, I […]

  • When you’re thankful, no matter your situation

    “Oh, how grateful and thankful I am to the Lord because He is so good. I will sing praise to the name of the Lord who is above all lords.”—Psalms 7:17 (TLB). One of my daddy’s favorite sayings was, “It doesn’t do any good to complain because no one wants to hear it.” I find […]

  • Sharing Good News (Late Night Moments on a Hollywood Film Set)

    “The Lord… is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV The air was chilly and we grabbed winter coats to ward off the cold between takes. It was 2 am in the French quarter of New Orleans, and hundreds lined the street […]

  • Everything is possible for one who believes

    “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”—Mark 9:24(NIV) Nana, have you always believed in God?” When my seven-year-old grandson asked this question, I didn’t have to reach far into the recesses of my almost 59-year-old memory for the answer. I replied, “Yes.” I can’t recall a time when I […]

  • Having a Christ-like Attitude

    “Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had”—Philippians 2:5 (GW). As a former high school teacher, I recall students who had a good attitude and those who had bad attitudes. It was often challenging to be nice to the ones with the latter. However, that still, small voice always reminded me I didn’t know what […]

  • Hungering for God’s Presence: The Inspiring Faith of the Shunammite Woman

    She was childless, in an age when children gave women value.  She was an outsider, in an age when they were shunned.  And as a woman, she was not someone a famous prophet would befriend.  But she was hungry for God’s presence, and that’s all that mattered! The unnamed Shunammite woman of 2 Kings 4 […]

  • The Best Stain Remover on the Market? God

    Have you ever had a stain you just can’t get out?  Stains can ruin a favorite garment. They make things feel dirty no matter how much we sanitize them. They draw attention to themselves and seem impossible to hide. The other day I noticed an orange stain in our shiny white tub.  No amount of […]

  • Is God Doing Something New in You?

    Has life become uncomfortable? Are you feeling out of sorts—even on the verge of tears—and can’t put your finger on why? You’re desperate for a breakthrough of SOMETHING but you don’t know what that something is. Is God birthing something in your soul? “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you […]

  • Crushing the curse of comparison

    Have you ever found yourself dissatisfied with your own life after looking at the woman’s next to you? Maybe you feel like she’s got it all together and you’re struggling to keep your head above water? Maybe you’re the only single in your squad but your desperate to be wed? Maybe you’re working the same […]