Remaining and Asking

Life on the vine: Pruning is God’s Mercy

Since January 1st of this year, I have been doing a deep dive into the teachings of the vine and branches in John 15, and I am excited to continue to share what I have been learning. John 15:1-5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch… Continue reading Life on the vine: Pruning is God’s Mercy

Remaining and Asking

The prayers of the vine

Jesus says in John 15:7, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." I have been on a quest to understand this promise of asking and have concluded that Jesus is referring to the prayers of the vine: prayers that are… Continue reading The prayers of the vine

Remaining and Asking

Replacing Goals with Prayers

When I woke up on the first day of 2019, a milestone in my life was reached. I had been living in Medford, Oregon for exactly one year. In the past 12 months I have journeyed through much change and grief, but God has been good to me. Now with an eager heart, I'm ready… Continue reading Replacing Goals with Prayers


The power of gratitude when life is painful

I have become keenly aware this past year that when I resist change, complain or focus on my problems, I feel weak.  The more I submit to a defeated mindset, the weaker I become.  However, when I replace negative, life-sucking thoughts with prayers of gratitude to God, I feel a surge of power within. Gratitude… Continue reading The power of gratitude when life is painful


When you worry, look to the flowers in the field

To worry is to be out of focus.   When we worry, our problems and concerns obscure the view God intends for us to see. Worry creates a faulty vision.  It is like placing the wrong prescription glasses on your face and the lenses you are looking through further distort your reality.  It makes you dizzy… Continue reading When you worry, look to the flowers in the field


Consider the Mustard Seed

Great things grow from small beginnings and a simple faith. But sometimes I make faith more complicated than it is. Sometimes I try too hard and, in my striving, I begin to think that doing the will of God is difficult and requires an extraordinary faith that only a few can obtain if they will… Continue reading Consider the Mustard Seed


The battle is not yours, but God’s

2 Chronicles 20: 15  ..This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.' Do you ever get tired of fighting a battle in your life that is emotional, relational, spiritual or physical? And you grow so weary… Continue reading The battle is not yours, but God’s


Living a Fearless Faith

Of the four choices listed below, which letter best represents living a fearless faith? A.  Jumping out of an airplane believing the parachute on your back will open at just the right time. B.  Climbing up a sheer rock wall in Smith Rock, Oregon. C.  Traveling to London and Paris for 3 weeks with your… Continue reading Living a Fearless Faith

Greatness of God

Every Breath You Take

Have you ever puffed on a dandelion and the white and grey seeds are sent into the air like tiny helicopters?   With just one breath, the fluffy dandelion becomes a bare stem.   A simple act of inhaling and exhaling, and the air becomes obvious, tangible and alive. It is fire season where I live in… Continue reading Every Breath You Take


Teach us to number our days

Psalm 90:12 New International Version (NIV) 12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 has inspired me to write a story called The Stranger, the Hourglass, and the Decision.  This is my first attempt to write a Christian allegory about our mortality and the brevity of life.  The… Continue reading Teach us to number our days