Shirley Desmond Jackson

January 20 2022

How Our Little Decisions Can Create Big Changes

I’m sorry, am I invisible? Although I didn’t give voice to my thoughts, I’m sure the incredulous look I sent the young man said it all. After cutting in front of me, he made his way to the cashier. Catching my eye, he nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders, leaving me fuming in his wake. His rudeness…

January 13 2022

How We Can Trust God When He Answers Our Prayers With “Wait”

Pulling into the parking space, my red-rimmed eyes immediately latched onto the bumper sticker: Proverbs 3:4-5. Although I felt certain I knew it, I opened the Scripture on my Bible App: Trust in the Lord with all your heart.      and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,…

January 6 2022

Ushering In The New Year With The Wisdom Of Prudence

Haste makes waste. How many of us have heard this phrase? It describes the natural consequences we suffer when we do things too quickly. Simply put, when we act hastily, we make mistakes. Then we expend more time, energy, and even money correcting what could have been avoided ~ if we had taken the time…

December 30 2021

How To Make Our Days Count While We Wait For Jesus To Come Back

“I’m glad we took that trip to the Redwoods.” As my son-in-law looked around the table, we all nodded in agreement. Christmas this year was the first time our entire family had gathered together since that vacation, which ended just days before COVID shut down the world in March 2020. Our celebration felt more festive…

December 23 2021

Unconditional Love Is Born On Christmas Day

“I’m not going to be your friend!” In my years as an elementary teacher, I often heard this common refrain. Whenever someone hurt another’s feelings, or didn’t invite them to play, or said something offensive ~ the injured party responded by withdrawing friendship. Sadly, I see this same scenario play out among adults. Someone hurts…

December 16 2021

How The Joy Of The Lord Can Be Our Strength

The joy of the Lord is your strength. We see this phrase on cute trinkets, plaques, or Pinterest boards. But what does it mean? How can joy be our strength? The phrase comes from the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament. The Israelites had begun to return to Jerusalem after being in exile in…

December 9 2021

How We Can Have A New Perspective On The State Of The World

Are we nearing the end of the world? It’s a fair question ~ and one I’ve frequently heard, or seen on social media, over the last year and a half. And no wonder. Conspiracy theorists and some religious leaders have linked the COVID pandemic, political unrest, natural disasters, and economic upheaval to various Biblical prophecies…

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 categorize my life’s experiences as pre-COVID or post-COVID. Pre-COVID days felt less stressful, less uncertain, and definitely more hopeful.  I know COVID will always be with us. But just as we seem to figure out how 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 dinner. “It’s getting cold, isn’t it?” he beamed. Returning his smile, my husband and I began chatting with the friendly gentleman as we waited for our food order. In just a few minutes, we learned so much…

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 travel has certainly changed.  Over the last several years, seat width and legroom have increasingly become smaller on airplanes. For someone who likes personal space, I keenly feel the difference. I shudder at the thought of spilling…