Spiritual Lessons

May 19 2022

When My Heart Breaks, Where Is God And What Is His Plan?

Recently I suffered a loss. As I look around at my circle of friends, I’m not alone. Some losses happened long ago, while others are very recent. And although our losses vary in intensity, they always carry heartache and pain. Because of this, anyone who has lost something, or someone, grieves.  I used to think…

April 21 2022

When It’s Hard To Extend Ourselves Grace For Our Own Limitations

Sighing, I closed the email as I tried to identify my feelings. Disappointed? Discouraged? Defeated? Definitely deflated.  Just a few days earlier I had completed the first stage of a long and complicated writing project. To move it on to completion, I needed to enlist the help of an expert. At first she didn’t think…

April 14 2022

Why We Need To Anticipate The Joy Of Heaven

Recently my husband and I booked a cruise to celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary. Can there be anything more fun than planning a vacation? In fact, some scientists claim anticipating a trip is more fun than actually taking it. We haven’t taken our cruise yet, but I can attest to the fun of planning it.…

March 17 2022

Making Opportunities To Do Good In An Increasingly Dark World

Wrinkling my nose at the foul odor, I pulled my sweater from the washing machine. Two days before I had set the wash cycle in motion, fully intending to come back and hang the sweater to dry. But life got busy and I forgot about it. Unless I wanted to live with the stink, I…

February 17 2022

When I Find It Hard To Freely Accept Grace And Forgiveness

Crunch! What did I hit?!?  With my heart beating wildly in my chest, I opened my door and stepped into the street. My bewildered eyes took in the car sitting by the side of the road. The driver’s side mirror hung by a few wires and the door had a new dent. There could be…

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,…

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…

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 thingamajig.  A few minutes earlier my husband had mentioned he had misplaced some type of gadget. I didn’t really know what the gadget did or even what it looked like. But from the frustration in his voice…