Growing In God’s Grace

Our lives on earth are brief in comparison to eternity in Heaven. But we can still create beauty with them if we live with intentionality.

June 5 2024

Learning How To Make Our Brief Lives Beautiful

Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” —James 4:15 (NIV) Snapping the leash onto my dog’s collar, we stepped into the fresh morning air. As we rounded the house, I stopped in my tracks. On the horizon, I could see mist rising from…
It's easy to wonder if Jesus has enough grace for all our sins. But He is both willing and able to forgive us of all our sins.

May 22 2024

When You Fear Jesus’ Grace Is Not Big Enough

Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”—Mark 1:41 (NIV) Stepping through the door propped up on the stage, our pastor smiled and said, “This is how some of you are when you enter church. You smile. You greet one another. You act like…
We can adopt helpful habits to grow our faith. But we need to be careful so we don't replace grace with a righteousness by rules mentality.

May 2 2024

What Happens When Our Helpful Rules Replace Grace

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? — Galatians 5:7 NIV The best laid plans often go awry. This certainly proved to be true when my husband and I signed up for the same study plan on the Bible app. Eager to get started,…
Words are powerful. If we practice the art of gracious conversations, we can choose words which have the power to bless others with healing.

April 4 2024

Words Are Powerful: The Lost Art Of Gracious Conversations

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. — Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) Words are powerful.  Sadly in our broken world, we often see hateful words thrown out without restraint. During my years as an elementary school teacher, I often saw my young students speak harshly to each other ~…
The important role hymns played at the cross

March 28 2024

The Important Role Hymns Played In The Events Of The Cross

When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. — Mark 14:26 (NIV) I love to sing. That isn’t to say I sing well ~ actually the opposite is true. I long ago resigned my lot ~ I can make a joyful noise as I worship the Lord (Psalm 98:4).…

March 21 2024

How To Live With Compliments But Not For Them

“He must become greater; I must become less.”  — John 3:30 (NIV) There’s a postcard sitting on my desk. On it a friend wrote one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received: It is clear that you walk with Jesus. These words remind me of my truest desire: to honor Jesus in all that I…
Our natural response to failure may be to give up. But resilience is the better response because it leads to growth and maturity.

March 13 2024

Why Resilience Is The Better Response To Failure

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. — Proverbs 24:16 (NIV) Without looking at her directly, I tried to assess the damage. My friend’s young daughter had just taken a spill on my kitchen floor. An untied shoelace seemed to have caused the tumble. During…

March 7 2024

Serving The Least Deserving Will Make Your Service Great

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” — Mark 9:35 (NIV) I had no reason to be grumpy. Yet from the moment I woke up I found myself grumbling over every little annoyance. The coffee wasn’t ready on…

February 15 2024

Why I’ve Learned To Value The Painful Trials Of Life

But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. — 2 Corinthians 1:9b KABOOM! Wondering what caused the crash, I ran to the window. Completely unperturbed by the sound, my husband peacefully scattered corn for the deer who grace our property. Seeing nothing amiss, and nothing to…

November 22 2023

Jesus Is The Gate For The Sheep — Why This Is Important

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. — John 10:7 (NIV) A quick Google search for images of gate structures will yield about 599,000,000 results ~ in less than a second! Gates may come in varying sizes and styles, but they all serve the same purpose:…