Walking In God’s Wisdom

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…
Jesus often chooses the most unlikely people to follow Him. These people are most aware of their need for Him and become loyal followers.

May 29 2024

Why Jesus Invites The Most Unlikely People

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.—Matthew 9:9 (NIV) Incredulous, my friend shook her head. “I just can’t believe your family doesn’t go to church.”  “Oh, I don’t mind,” I replied, “This…
In a world of multitasking, it's easy to lose sight of our priorities. We need to slow down, look around, and focus on what matters most.

May 15 2024

When You Need To Narrow Your Focus

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. — Luke 10:41-42a (NIV) Dabbing my eye with the wet paper towel, I waited for the tears to wash away my newly applied mascara. Why did this happen? I didn’t have to wonder for…
Focusing on our past mistakes and regrets keeps us stuck. To move forward, we need to renounce them so we can focus on following Jesus.

May 8 2024

How To Move Forward From Our Past Mistakes And Regrets

“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” — Luke 9:62 (NIV) Sighing, I looked at my phone. Three am. Once again my thoughts began replaying the painful memories of my past mistakes and regrets. I know I’ve said and done helpful…
Trials are painful and do not naturally produce joy. We need to learn how to find joy in our painful trials of life.

April 18 2024

How To Find Joy In Our Painful Trials Of Life

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  — James 1:2-4 (NIV) Watching the family interact, I couldn’t help but chuckle.…
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 ~…

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…
Choosing community over independence

February 28 2024

Choosing Community In A World That Champions Independence

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. — Romans 12:15 (NIV) “Why can’t I just live by myself and do my research? It would be so much easier.” My friend’s question was rhetorical. She knows, as I do, that God created us to live in community with others. But just because something…