SPRINGS OF JOY

Joy and happiness are not the same things. I know, Lord, that my happiness comes and goes. I know, also, that my joy comes from You. I want to learn to let that joy come to the surface more than it seems to. I am so blessed and so thankful that  there is a deep…

MORE THAN REASONABLE

If you grew up going to Sunday School like I did, you are pretty familiar with the Israelites and their history.  If you didn’t, I offer a very brief summary.  God chose them to be His very own people through whom He would show the entire world that He alone was God.  A covenant was…

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into His abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have…

RENEWAL

The sunshine beckons. The fresh wind blows away all that was stale. Grass turns green, and buds appear. It’s spring, Lord, and I’m thankful. I’m thankful for living where I get to enjoy the change of seasons and see the miracles of sun, growth, planting, harvest, thunderstorms, autumn, and snow. It’s time for renewal inside and…

OWNING NOTHING

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever.  Amen.” Romans 11:36 “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. …

ANOTHER NEW YEAR

It’s a new year, Lord. Again. I have far fewer years ahead than behind, yet there is so much I still have not attained in my life with You. I tend to depend on learning in order to grow, but I’m coming to realize that is not the way of Your Spirit. Real change and…

CHOOSING AGAIN

Lord, I don’t respond like You do. I get frustrated. I get hurt. I compare. I lay blame. I get annoyed. I give up. I worry. I criticize. These are often my first reactions. What’s worse, it’s not just situations I’m responding to, but people. When will Your life and love supersede mine? How will…

Meet Zoe

Wow, what a change at our house!  After being without a dog for five years, we now have Zoe.  She has definitely changed up the routine around here.  This first picture was taken the day we brought her home, but she is growing fast.  She will end up somewhere between 12 and 15 pounds probably…

REFLECTIONS

I love the end of the year.  We’ve celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, gathered, eaten good food, laughed, played, hugged, and eaten again.  It has been a good year, a really good year.  I relish the chance to remember the blessings. I also love looking forward to the new year that’s almost here.  What are the…

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

Christmas is approaching!  I love this season…lights, music, movies, concerts, snow, cold, comfort, families gathered, traditions observed, and even the craziness of getting it all done.  But my favorite moments are the quiet ones…the times when I look at a manger scene and am struck all over again with the vastness and scope of God’s…