Life on the Vine

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


The power of gratitude when life is painful

Gratitude adds power to my life but complaining decreases my energy and makes me weak.  Have you discovered this phenomenon also? We all know that gratitude is effortless when we are feeling healthy, the kids are doing well, our relationships are harmonious, the finances are looking good, and we can get away for a week… Continue reading The power of gratitude when life is painful


When you worry, look to the flowers in the field

Matthew 6:25-34: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in… Continue reading When you worry, look to the flowers in the field


Consider the Mustard Seed

Matthew 13:31-32 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch… 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

th and ended on August 31st, required of me a tremendous amount of faith in God to help me conquer my numerous fears that were both real and imagined.  I haven’t been to Europe in 33 years, and when I was last there, my youth and naivety shielded me from any fear of the world… Continue reading Living a Fearless Faith

Greatness of God

Every Breath You Take

th we packed the car and started our road trip to Spokane, Washington to attend the Northwest Christian conference.  Our first stop was Bend, Oregon where our friend, Kathy Daniel, graciously provided us with one of her bedrooms for our overnight stay.  I’ll never forget that night and how glorious it was to breathe in… Continue reading Every Breath You Take


Teach us to number our days

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 stranger is a messenger of God in… Continue reading Teach us to number our days


Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.  I want to be the one who is actively listening, and I want to hear the voice of God above all others. It is easy to forget that we need to get wisdom from the Bible. The world and its message diverts our attention away from God and we get… Continue reading Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens