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I am so glad that you are here.  Grab your favorite hot beverage, settle into a cozy chair and stay awhile! 

December 2 2021

Anchoring Our Hope In The Loving Kindness Of Jesus

Will we ever return to normal?  It’s a question we hear a lot lately. Personally, I’ve begun to ...

November 25 2021

How Can I Show Love To Jesus This Holiday Season?

“Well, hello there!” Turning from the counter, I located the speaker. A solitary elderly man sat finishing his ...

November 18 2021

How Our Lives Can Reflect An Overflow Of Blessings

Smiling at the passenger in the seat next to mine, I settled in with my belongings. Goodness! Air ...

November 11 2021

Does God Care About The Little Things In My Life?

Making my way down the basement steps, I whispered a little arrow prayer: Please help me find his ...

November 4 2021

How Can We Rebuild When Life’s Storms Leave Us Feeling Broken?

Early in the morning, the unrelenting pings from my phone begged for my attention. Sighing, I looked at ...

October 28 2021

How You Can Forgive An Offense, Even When You Don’t Want To

As I made my way to the self-check register, I paused to examine a bag of popcorn. Turning ...

October 21 2021

Seeking Our Extraordinary God In The Midst Of Our Ordinary Moments

Heaving a loud and frustrated sigh, I began another Google search for a helpful tutorial. Who knew learning ...

October 14 2021

How Can I Win Against Temptation When It Catches Me Unaware?

Sighing, I bit my lip and turned my face toward the window. This always happens. Just when I ...

October 7 2021

How We Can Live Faithfully In A Fallen World

Grinning in joyful expectation, I joined the crowd and began cheering for the Medieval Jousters. Full of good-natured ...

September 30 2021

How We Can Choose Our Words To Help, Not Hurt

“Oh, No!” The collective roar from the passengers around me grabbed my attention. Pulling out my earphones, I ...

September 23 2021

How To Make A Positive Difference In This World Today

According to a recent survey, eighty-six percent of people ages thirteen to thirty-eight want to be an influencer. ...

September 16 2021

How To Find Help When Your Heart Is Heavy

With a heavy heart and a restless spirit, I found myself wondering...why? I couldn’t pinpoint the specific cause ...

September 9 2021

How Doubts Can Help Us Grow In Our Faith

Lord, help me believe your promises. As I prayed these words, they cut me to the heart. Shouldn’t ...

September 2 2021

Three Powerful Reasons We Rejoice In The Midst Of Suffering

No one likes to suffer. Or at least, we don’t want to suffer unnecessarily. We’ve all heard the ...

August 26 2021

When Life Gets Hard, I Want Easy

I wish life came with its own remote control. So often in the past weeks and months, my ...

August 19 2021

Is My Truth The Same As Yours?

Mesmerized by the stirring lyrics and musical rhythms, I remember sitting entranced as I watched the movie Jesus ...

August 5 2021

Keeping On The Side Of Truth

I still remember laughing with my young students as we read The Emperor’s New Clothes. Entertaining and engaging, ...

July 29 2021

Can We Judge Others With Love?

Out of habit I glanced at the church’s placard as I drove home: You don’t need to judge. ...

July 22 2021

Where Is Your Treasure Buried?

Few of us can resist the lure of buried treasures. And if we thought they only existed in ...

July 15 2021

The Importance Of Praying Without Giving Up

When I married my husband some twenty-nine years ago, I had only known him for ten months. Yep, ...

July 1 2021

Grace Motivates Us to Do More From Love

“Hey! Number Thirty-two, over here! Over here! OVER HERE!” The young teenager sitting behind me in the stands ...

June 27 2021

Doing The Little Things With Great Love

Recently I agreed to help a friend with an assignment for his theological studies. The idea for his ...

June 17 2021

How Physical Training Can Help Us Flex Our Spiritual Muscles

Sputtering and gasping for air, I reached out to grab hold of the pool’s edge. When does muscle ...

June 10 2021

Honoring God By How We Treat Others

Making my way to the cashier after a tiring day at an overcrowded amusement park, I noticed two ...

June 3 2021

How You Can Ensure Your Success Through God-Centered Goals

Way before arriving at her place of business, I began to brace myself: It’s just one image. It ...

May 27 2021

How To Save Your Memories and Create a Legacy

As we drove away from the house which had been our home for fifteen years, my heart whispered ...

May 13 2021

How Contentment In Our Current Season Helps Us Escape the Trap of FOMO

Chuckling, I watched as my three-month old granddaughter fought her much-needed nap. Just as her eyes started to ...

May 6 2021

Why We Need To Embrace God’s Word with the Humility of a Child

Recently a friend and I reminisced about children and the funny things they say. One memory continues to ...

April 29 2021

How Can You Fight Off A Stinking-Bad Attitude?

Peering through the window, my heart dropped. Clouds hid the sun as the trees danced in the wind. ...

April 22 2021

When I Trust Too-Good-To Be-True Promises

After spending a week cleaning and sprucing our house in preparation of its sale, we put it on ...

April 15 2021

When One Suffers

“That looked like it hurt.” Unable to answer, I gripped the counter with both hands and whispered, “Oh ...

April 8 2021

Wiping My Seasoned Slate Clean

With aching muscles, I sat back to critically assess my work.  I’d spent the better part of the ...

April 1 2021

Breaking Free From The Fear Of Death

“I actually think about heaven a lot.” After twenty-eight years of marriage, I thought I knew everything about ...

March 25 2021

How To Gracefully Receive Gifts

No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I still laugh. In The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis episode ...

March 18 2021

Preparing For The Unexpected

Boxed in with hundreds of other travelers and trailer trucks, my husband and I remained stranded on an ...

March 11 2021

Seeing Difficulties As Part Of The Plan

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not ...

March 4 2021

When The “Should Haves” Accuse

With a sinking heart I watched as the amount owed multiplied before my eyes. How could this have ...

February 25 2021

When The “Would Haves” Sting

If only… I understand why some people refer to these words as the saddest in the English language. ...

February 17 2021

When The “Could Haves” Attack

Sobbing so hard she could hardly breathe, my daughter gasped out four words. The four words I heard ...

February 11 2021

When I Find Myself Living In Limbo

Moving through my daily routine felt like swimming against a current. A restless night turned into an anxious ...

February 4 2021

How To Change The World

What did you dream of becoming when you were a child?  My answer may surprise you. I dreamed ...

January 28 2021

When I Feel Powerless

“I didn’t realize they only accepted cash. I only have my debit card.” Turning around, I located the ...

January 21 2021

Redefining Success

Focused. Hard-working. Conscientious. Determined. Results-oriented.  These adjectives pepper my resumes and performance evaluations. They accurately describe my work ...

January 14 2021

When I Need To Extend Grace To Myself

“You sure love to beat yourself up.” Sighing, I realized the truth of my friend’s words. After stepping ...

January 7 2021

Enjoying Life During Uncertain Times

“I plan to keep living until the day I die.” I first heard these words of wisdom nearly ...

December 31 2020

When the Post-Christmas Blues Attack

It still catches me by surprise. All the busy energy of the Christmas season comes to a sudden ...

December 24 2020

Cherishing All The Gifts of Christmas

As I publish this post on Christmas Eve, my family will soon participate in one of our final ...

December 17 2020

Remembering Immanuel, God With Us

Mystified, I looked at the package. I didn’t recognize the person in the return address. As I opened ...

December 10 2020

An Unbeliever’s Perspective On Christmas

My good friend, Jennifer Elwood, recently published her first Bible study, Counting Up to Christmas, Twenty-four Gifts from ...

December 3 2020

Making My Lists and Checking Them Twice

Last night I finally completed the list my family repeatedly asked for: what do I want for Christmas?  ...

November 26 2020

Why Giving Thanks Matters

Years ago I heard this story in a small Bible discussion group and it remains one of my ...

November 19 2020

When You Wake Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed

Beds ought to come with warnings: Caution: Waking up on the wrong side could be hazardous to your ...

November 12 2020

Opening the Gift of Jesus the Cornerstone

Friends, today I invited my friend and fellow writer, Jennifer Elwood, to share some thoughts with us from ...

November 5 2020

Discovering The Lost Art of Biblical Meditation

I once heard a friend say Christians have lost the art of meditation. Although I didn’t disagree, meditation, ...

October 29 2020

A New Way To Think About Rest

For years I lived my life at full throttle, burning the candle at both ends. As a worker ...

October 22 2020

What’s A $1.50 Worth?

Stunned, I reread the email. Nothing bad… just not expected.  I had struggled before I made the initial ...

October 15 2020

Why We Can Trust This Lifetime Guarantee

This week someone blindsided me by breaking a promise. Immediately a swarm of emotions began to swirl in ...

October 8 2020

When Promises Seem Too Good To Be True

Some promises seem too good to be true. Consider the following example: Take delight in the Lord,   ...

October 1 2020

When Disappointment Derails Our Hopes

God has a funny way of reminding us of the truths we teach. Immediately after I published my ...

September 24 2020

Hoping Against Hope

Anchored hopes never disappoint.  Can you imagine life without hope? Hopefully not. Most of us would agree hope ...

September 17 2020

When The Darkness Of The World Feels Overwhelming

His light defeats the world's darkness. My favorite way to decorate my home revolves around lights. Twinkle lights ...

September 3 2020

When We Follow The One Who Never Changes

Recently a friend reminded me fall is around the corner. Thanks to our recent move to Virginia, I ...

August 27 2020

Taking Time to Consider His Creation

Greetings from Virginia! After 2,200 miles (approximately 44 hours of driving), we arrived in Virginia. My husband did ...

August 20 2020

When Blessings Feel Like Hardships

We can learn to be content no matter our circumstances because God gives us strength. (Philippians 4:13) For ...

August 13 2020

When Love Takes The Witness Stand

The countdown has begun. In just ten days, my husband and I will pack a truck with our ...

August 9 2020

It’s Okay, I’ve Got You

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July 30 2020

Discovering True Joy

Earlier this week, opportunity came knocking. My husband and I saw a way to lighten the burdens of ...

July 23 2020

Happy People Read the Bible and Drink Coffee

Hello everyone! Today's blog post is a video: I've never done this before, so please bear with me ...

July 16 2020

Taming My Negative Thoughts

We’d been dreading it for weeks. We put it off for days. But in preparation for our retirement ...

June 25 2020

When A Heart Rejects The Gospel Message

When I became a Christian thirty-eight years ago, I couldn’t stop talking about Jesus. My life reflected the ...

June 18 2020

When You Feel Like A Skeptic

Has anyone ever called you a skeptic? When anything sounds too good to be true, I tend to ...

June 11 2020

Changing the World One Heart at a Time

I love inspirational stories. Especially those tied to the gospel. Because by changing the hearts of individuals, the ...

June 4 2020

Building Bridges Instead of Walls

Our world is hurting. The words of James have guided me as I grappled with the recent events ...

May 28 2020

When His Blessings Don’t Meet My Expectations

Not every act of obedience brings the expected reward. Although true, this statement creates some dissonance with my ...

May 14 2020

When We Face Ourselves

Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward — get real with yourself.- Bryant McGill ...

May 7 2020

Facing Our Fears

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in ...

April 30 2020

When Your Attitude Stinks

Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not ...

April 23 2020

When Believers Doubt

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what ...

April 16 2020

Planning in a Season of Uncertainty

The longing for certainty ... is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.- Oliver Wendell Holmes ...

April 9 2020

Celebrating Easter in the Midst of the Coronavirus

As I write these words, my country prepares to face the peak of the Coronavirus Crisis, even as ...

April 2 2020

Finding Peace in the Midst of Evil

Only when we stand in awe of God will we find it unnecessary to be in awe of ...

March 26 2020

When We Feel Shaken

The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don't give up. - Robert ...

March 19 2020

He Still Calls Us By Name

Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.-Dale ...

March 12 2020

Making Time for What Matters Most

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. - Henry David Thoreau When ...

February 29 2020

Turning Enemies Into Friends

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. -Abraham Lincoln Recently, I experienced ...

February 20 2020

What Can Dolphins Teach Us About Jesus?

Among the sea-fishes many stories are told about the dolphin, indicative of his gentle and kindly nature…. It ...

February 13 2020

Responding with Righteousness to Unmet Expectations

Recently, my husband asked me to clarify my expectations for Valentine’s Day.  Expectations can be tricky. We learned ...

January 30 2020

New Day, New Mercies, New Hope

Imagine if we treated each new dawn of each new day with the same reverence and joy as ...

January 16 2020

New Wine, New Wineskins

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want ...

January 9 2020

New Year, New Beginnings

The best time for new beginnings is now. - Unknown The beginning of a new year always creates ...

January 2 2020

Every Road Leads Somewhere

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. -Lewis Carroll This quote, ...

December 26 2019

Jesus: Eloquent Translator of Truth

Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you ...

December 19 2019

Jesus: Empathetic Friend

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.- Walt Whitman ...

December 12 2019

Jesus: Discerning Arbitrator

Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and ...

December 5 2019

Jesus: Loving Savior

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”- Lao Tzu   ...

November 30 2019

Jesus: Celebrator of Life

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. - Oprah ...

November 24 2019

Jesus: Rabbi (Teacher)

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.- Henry B. Adams Before truly studying ...

November 14 2019

Jesus: Sovereign Creator

I love Christmas. I love it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions: What’s the big deal ...

November 7 2019

Second Chances

Every moment of your life is a second chance.- Rick Price Years ago I heard a story about ...

October 25 2019

Moments

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.- Rose Kennedy Everywhere I look, I see autumn in ...

October 17 2019

Refined by Fire

Real gold fears no fire. -Randy Alcorn In my area of the country, fall appeared almost overnight. As ...

October 3 2019

Boundaries

In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are.-Arnold H. Glasow ...

September 26 2019

Pressing Pause (Again)

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana My heart plummeted as I ...

September 19 2019

Sincerity or Hypocrisy?

Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite. -Charles Spurgeon ...

September 5 2019

The Power of Yet

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. -Confucius   Standing ...

August 31 2019

Transparency

 Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.- Mother Teresa Recent events led me to ...

August 24 2019

Productive Struggle

The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.-Pierre de Coubertin. I wanted to be ...

August 9 2019

Triggers

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle “I’m actually ...

August 1 2019

Rest

Slow down, you move too fast- Paul Simon Not quite two minutes long, this song, Feelin' Groovy, resides ...

July 11 2019

Personalities

I’m a big personality. I walk into a room, big and tall and loud. – Adele Sometimes I ...

June 27 2019

Lists

“We are what we think about all day long.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson While not necessarily a neat freak, ...

June 13 2019

Constant Change

“Change is the only constant in life.” Heraclitus “I just wish we would hear something, “ my husband ...

May 9 2019

Ordinary People

God uses ordinary people like you and me to star in extraordinary “God stories”-real-life narratives of purpose and ...

April 25 2019

French Connection

How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way. - Mark ...

April 25 2019

Translation of Mohamed Sebouai’s Testimony

Mohamed speaks of growing up in a Muslim family in the region of Kabylie in Algeria. Because his ...

April 11 2019

Clutter

  Clutter is anything that gets between you and the life you want to be living. -Peter Walsh ...

March 21 2019

Pause

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” ...

February 12 2019

Progress

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass Groundhog’s Day in the desert was unusually ...

December 13 2018

A Hallmark Christmas

Just before the holiday season began, my daughter tagged me in a FB meme. In essence, the meme ...

November 14 2018

Positively Joyful

“We just need to get you Tiggerized.” -Tigger (speaking to Eeyore) From childhood, I identify with the character ...

September 27 2018

Laugh or Cry?

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. -Victor Hugo “I didn’t know whether to laugh ...

September 13 2018

Defining Moments

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle Ever have a ...

August 30 2018

Blink!

“In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance-when you least expect it-sets you on a course ...

August 9 2018

Balanced Equations

In 1557, Robert Recorde, a Welsh physician and mathematician, invented the equals sign, written with two parallel lines ...

July 10 2018

God-Driven Decisions

I am often asked, “How do you know if you are following God’s will?” But the truer question ...

April 26 2018

Walking with Weakness: The Devotion

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. ...

April 26 2018

Walking with Weakness: Back Story

Today, a devotional I wrote for a contest was published on the Proverbs 31 website. Winning that contest ...

February 16 2018

Pressing On Toward The Goal

Have you ever whole-heartedly committed to a project, only to later wonder, “What was I thinking?” For me ...

January 3 2018

Contagious Connections

My last post was all about my love of Christmas. And every word in that post is true. ...

January 3 2018

I Am A Rock

Paul Simon A winter's day In a deep and dark December I am alone Gazing from my window ...

January 3 2018

No Man Is An Island

  John Donne No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the ...

December 3 2017

Candy Canes and Gingerbread Men

‘Tis the season once again. I love Christmas and I always have. Honestly there is just so much ...

December 3 2017

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963 Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry ...
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The inspiration for my blog title comes from the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. In many ways, this poem captures the essence of my life’s journey.

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