Growing In God’s Grace

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:…

November 15 2023

Jesus Is The Light Of The World — Why Is This Important?

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”— John 8:12b (NIV) I hope you won’t think less of me…but I started decorating for Christmas at the beginning of November.  I know, I know, I usually wait until after Thanksgiving. But over…

November 8 2023

Jesus Is The Bread Of Life — Why Is This Important?

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. — John 6:35 (NIV) Mouth watering with anticipation, I flew down the stairs to buy my breakfast baguette. Living above a boulangerie (bakery) in Paris definitely had its perks.…

November 1 2023

Prayer Is Powerful, So Why Is It So Hard To Do?

Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. — Psalm 116:2 (ESV) I struggle with prayer. Of all the spiritual disciplines, I find this the most difficult. I’ve often felt guilty about my prayer life. For all the times I promised to pray for someone,…

October 25 2023

Why Is It So Hard To Accept God’s Grace For Myself?

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. — John 1:16 (NIV) I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole. An honest mistake, made in front of several people, left me grasping for words. I meant to encourage my new acquaintance, but my poor word…

October 4 2023

Is It Possible To Be Content In The Face Of Constant Criticism?

But godliness with contentment is great gain. — 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV) In his play, Richard III, Shakespeare coined the phrase, “winter of discontent” to describe temporary times of unhappiness. More than 400 years later, we still see people using his words. I think the phrase resonates with us because we all experience dissatisfaction at…

September 20 2023

God Will Never Undervalue One Simple Act Of Kindness

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ — Matthew 25:40 (NIV) “I’m not even a big fish in a small pond,” I wailed. “I’m just a fish!” My morning’s stroll through social media had taken…

September 14 2023

Why We Don’t Have To Accept The Hurtful Judgments Made By Others

“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” — John 7:24 (NIV) At a luncheon honoring a former colleague, I found myself sitting at a table with women I had never met before. Soon we began to chat amicably, exchanging information about ourselves. Surprised to hear I had recently retired, one woman asked me…

May 25 2023

Why Is It Important To Choose To Lead Lives That Glorify God?

Verifying the lane next to me had ample room, I signaled my intent to change lanes. But immediately the driver in the next lane aggressively flashed his lights, sending me a clear message. Wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt, I reasoned he may be pressed for time. But as he passed me,…