Focus, Gratitude

The Balance of Joy and Pain

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 What do people really have after all their work and struggling in this life? Throughout their life, they have pain, frustrations, and hard work. Even at night, a person’s mind does not rest. This is also senseless.  There is no one who has tried to enjoy life more than I have. Pain is inevitable. … Continue reading The Balance of Joy and Pain

God's Grace

When a perfectionist grows in God’s grace

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. She is finally done with her perfectionist ways.  She is exhausted from relentlessly working her plan. The plan that never meets her expectations.  The plan that makes her insecure and fearful.  The plan that… Continue reading When a perfectionist grows in God’s grace

Hope

Beautiful Things

Lisa looks out her kitchen window and frowns as she sees her five-year-old daughter, Katelynn, playing in the dirt on the side of the house.  “Not again,” she mutters.  “How many times do I have to tell her to stay out of that nasty pile of mud?”   She finishes placing the last dish on the… Continue reading Beautiful Things

Evidence of God in Nature

The unexpected beauty of ordinary

Dandelion.  The flower that thrives in difficult conditions.  A nuisance to your lawn.  A catcher of breath and dreams.  A symbol of the ability to rise above life’s challenges. I almost missed seeing this singular white puff ball on the side of the trail until my friend, Diane, insisted that I walk back to the… Continue reading The unexpected beauty of ordinary

Evidence of God in Nature

Nature Speaks

As the sun arose above the Mountains the air loaded with the rich perfume of clover and wildflowers.  And the heavy mountain dew looking like drops of silver on the rich leaves and blossoms. ----- I was looking around at the beautiful mountain scenery around me. Each side of the road being thickly lined with… Continue reading Nature Speaks

Seeking God

Hidden Beauty

Have you ever heard a story about a painting thought to be created by an amateur artist, but after being authenticated, was instantly promoted from an ordinary painting to a rare and valuable piece of art?  What was considered worthless, not fit to be hung on a wall, became a treasured piece of art, worthy… Continue reading Hidden Beauty

Power of God

Treasures in jars of clay

Jars of clay:  Ordinary, common, easily broken, worn and cracked. Our mind and bodies are like these clay jars:  susceptible to becoming fragile, broken and worn with use.   But it is human nature to hide our weaknesses.  We prefer to appear indestructible and exquisite rather than fragile and ordinary.  We cover our clay jar… Continue reading Treasures in jars of clay

Being Present

Don’t Rush the Journey

Proverbs 19:2 Desire without knowledge is not good—     how much more will hasty feet miss the way! The young girl is 11 years of age.  She sits on her suitcase on the side of the road.  Where is she going?  Anywhere but here is how she would answer.  She is looking down and doesn’t notice… Continue reading Don’t Rush the Journey

Praising God

A Sacrifice of Praise

Hebrews 13:15 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. How does sacrifice and praise go together? A sacrifice hurts.  It is selfless.  It takes effort.  Praise is joyful, weightless and full of inspiration.  And when does it require a personal sacrifice… Continue reading A Sacrifice of Praise

Holy Spirit

Do not Quench the Spirit

1 Thessalonians 5:15-19: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. 23-24:  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our… Continue reading Do not Quench the Spirit

Life on the Vine

The vine, the branches and identity

At the beginning of the year I bought a big, black artist journal with the intention of filling it with notes on what the Bible says about self-esteem, purpose and identity.  I began this year feeling restless and insecure and didn’t want to start a new year feeling this way.  In my search, I parked… Continue reading The vine, the branches and identity

Mortality

God has set eternity in the human heart

Ecclesiastes 3:11 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. With the unprecedented chaos going on in the world today because of COVID-19, our global community is being faced with the reality of how susceptible we… Continue reading God has set eternity in the human heart

Faith

They will have no fear of bad news

Psalms 112:6-9 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;     they will be remembered forever. 7 They will have no fear of bad news;     their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;     in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. 9 They have freely scattered their… Continue reading They will have no fear of bad news