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

Be Still to Move Forward

Julia stands perfectly still in the middle of the trail. The memory of her mother passing away two years ago on this day halted her steps. Tears trickle down her face as she breathes in every detail of this moment. The spectacular view, the brisk air, the way her heart feels as it beats in… Continue reading Be Still to Move Forward

Focus

Creating a Values-Based Vision Board

Proverbs 3:5-6 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 5 Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. 6 With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. If you are like me, you want to live intentionally in 2020, but you just can’t get yourself to write… Continue reading Creating a Values-Based Vision Board

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

Focus

Run Your Own Race

“Life is a marathon, not a sprint.”  Phillip C. McGraw. Yes, life is like running in a marathon: it is lengthy and difficult and requires a lot of preparation and endurance.  But comparison is the thief of joy.  While running, you will be tempted to look around and see how you are measuring up to… Continue reading Run Your Own Race

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

Hope

To hope is to be vulnerable

To hope for something – especially something I know can only come from God – makes me feel vulnerable.  To feel vulnerable is to be susceptible to being wounded or hurt.    I have found that it is during the wait when hope hurts. Proverbs 13:12 (New Living Translation) says: Hope deferred makes the heart… Continue reading To hope is to be vulnerable

Life on the Vine

The vine, the branches and the Holy Spirit

It is now April, and four months into the year I’m still studying the theme of the vine and branches from John 15.  I'm excited to share with you the topic of the Holy Spirit in this blog series called Life on the vine.     Jesus said to his disciples in John 14:18 before he… Continue reading The vine, the branches and the Holy Spirit