Hope for the Struggling Parent

Parenting is hard work! I always thought once my children became adults, I wouldn’t have to worry about them anymore. I was so wrong! If you are like me, you made it a priority to instill godly values in your children with the idea that they would carry these values into adulthood. What should parents do when they see evidence that their children have walked away from their faith? Many believe they failed as a parent. One day while I was praying for my children, the Lord brought me to … [Read more...]

How I Conquered My Fear and Broke the Sound Barrier

Our summer vacation, last week, was filled with some much needed relaxation, family time and the acquisition of a new skill. The lake we visited, had two Sea-Doos available for our use. My cousin offered to teach me how to operate one, so I could join in the fun with my kiddos. I quickly declined, thinking she and my husband could drive the children, and I would watch safely from the shore. But, my former favorite relative refused to take no for an answer, and I found myself gripping a thin, … [Read more...]

Standing on the Word part 3

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Galatians 6:9 NLT So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. Hebrews 10:35-36 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. Standing on the word of God when everything we can see, is looking like our prayers are never going to get answered requires patience. God has given … [Read more...]

Standing on the Word part 2

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When we talk about standing on God's word, it is not easy on our flesh. Our flesh or natural man lives by the 5 senses. It has to see before it believes. That's why we have to meditate on the verse of Scripture over and over again that deals with our problem. Romans 12:2: tells us that we have to renew our minds with the word of God. Then and only then can we begin to have God's peace while we wait for our prayers to be answered. So cut off the TV for a hour and use that time to renew your … [Read more...]

What’s Your Beatitude?

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Jesus taught in many places, but His most well-known speech has been titled the Sermon on the Mount. In this teaching, what is known as the Beatitudes is revealed: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. God blesses … [Read more...]

It’s time to draw close to God

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James 4:7-8 NLT So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you... We are living in the last days. Now Jesus said that nobody knows when the end of time will come, except the father. But it is looking like all the signs are pointing to the end. There are wars and rumors of wars. Mass shootings in schools and churches and in public places. Our rights as Christians are being slowly taken away under the so called … [Read more...]

A Shuttered Library?

“Are you still doing speaking tours?” This was the question asked by a friend while I was on a speaking tour a couple of years ago. I don’t take any offense at comments like this; in fact I welcome them. If you don’t know me personally, then you may not realize why people ask me this question. And no, it’s not the first time someone asked me why I still tour and speak. You see, I am 77 years old, and apparently people think I should be at home knitting with the TV on. Actually, I don’t know … [Read more...]

Hear. See. Move. (part 1)

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"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Me? Well, I'm an observer first. And as I've already shared, I'm a major thinker, too. So as a child, observe and think I did. In my observations, I noticed two very different ways of living. First, I saw those who were brought up in and taught the truth from adolescence choose to go another way and do their own thing. Going the hard way didn't seem to pan out at all; there was too … [Read more...]

Standing on the word

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When I was a kid growing up in church, I used to hear the phrase "just stand on God's word". So I used to wonder what good would it do to put the bible on the floor and stand on top of it. Well of course when I got older I found out what they were talking about. When we are standing on His word it means to get a particular scripture from the Bible that pertains to the problem we are having at the time and confess what God says about the situation and not rehearse the problem over and over … [Read more...]

Recognizing God’s Voice

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So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” I Samuel 3:9 NLT Listening to the right voices determine one’s life course. My cousin and I were simple country boys who loved romping in the woods. Times were simpler then. No cell phones. No video games. Just our youth and imaginations. Our parents and grandparents didn’t fear for our safety. We were allowed to roam as long as we listened for the voice—a car horn. We … [Read more...]