Plugging Into God’s Presence

February 21 2024

Prayer Should Be Easy – But What If It’s Not?

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. — Mark 1:35 (NIV) Prayer should be easy. Through prayer we have immediate and constant access to the Creator of the universe (Isaiah 40:28). He takes time to listen,…

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…

February 1 2024

How Can Faith As Small As A Mustard Seed Yield Great Results?

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20 (NIV) I just want to quit.  I have recently prayed these…

January 11 2024

Jesus Is The True Vine — Why This Is Important

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.”— John 15:1 (NIV) Years ago a friend gave me a plant as a housewarming gift. I’ve never been good with plants, but I tried very hard to take care of this one. I faithfully watered it every couple of days and made sure it…

December 6 2023

Jesus Is The Resurrection And The Life – Why This Is Important

Jesus said to her , “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.— John 11:25-26a (NIV) Please God, bless everyone and help me to be good. Please let there be no fires or other…

November 29 2023

Jesus Is The Good Shepherd — Why This Is Important

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” — John 10:11 (NIV) Sheep have a bad reputation ~ for being stupid. So it can be somewhat disconcerting to know God often likens us to sheep in the Scriptures. To be fair, sheep do possess certain characteristics which may…

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 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,…

April 27 2023

Three Ways Dolphins Reflect The Character of Jesus

Among the sea-fishes many stories are told about the dolphin, indicative of his gentle and kindly nature…. It appears to be the fleetest of all animals, marine and terrestrial, and it can leap over the masts of large vessels. –Aristotle If you have read my “About Me” page, you know I love dolphins. My fascination…

February 16 2023

When Is It A Good Time For A Christian To Be Pushy?

Sighing with frustration, I continued to press the very courteous, yet unyielding, customer service representative. Even though I understood he could only uphold his company’s policies, I hoped for an exception. I had missed canceling my subscription by one day. According to company policy, automatic subscription renewals did not qualify for a refund. I now…