Be honest: which shell would you spend more time looking at? Which shell would cause you to wash it out, turn it over, look inside? The perfect one on the left? It is beautiful. Not a nick in sight. Not a scratch. No hint of hard times at sea. Or, would you spend more time … Read moreCracks are Compelling
In his book, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer wrote about the reality of God and a spiritual world that we cannot see. Because the world we live in is so “real” and capable of being experienced by our five senses, we are quick to claim it as our reality. What mankind struggles with, however, … Read moreIs There Really An Invisible Spiritual World?
Is she praising God or crying out to Him in distress? It’s easy to gaze up toward heaven, open our arms wide, and say “Thank You, God!” when He blesses us. But how often do we open our arms, look up to heaven, and say “Go ahead, Lord, do what You must. Even if it hurts, I’ll … Read moreWill You Accept Both?
Are you like this ugly, old green rocking chair? Do you need help? Do you want a fresh start in life? Don’t you wish it were this easy to change yourself? Just run to the store and pick up what you need … and poof … a new, improved you! Wouldn’t it be great if one afternoon of … Read moreIf You Feel Like A Mess, You Might Be A Christian!
Half the year gone already?! Really? Is anyone with me on how fast this year is flying by? Instead of setting New Year’s resolutions or goals, I choose one word to guide the year. My one word for 2017 is “FIRST.” During this year, I will pay particular attention to putting God first, before everything else. The clock … Read moreIs It Time Yet?
Oh how I wish I had known that we only had 3 years and 10 days with Austin! Yet, as I ponder what it would have been like to know our time was so short, my heart hurts with a still-present physical pain, and in my gut, all of my insides groan with anguish. As our younger son’s birthday approached and he counted the … Read moreWanna Kick the Bucket in 2017?
Get your mental “gloves” on. Fight back against those negative thoughts: stand on TRUTH in 2017. Recently, I was blessed to be the speaker at a women’s retreat in Arizona. The theme was “One True Voice,” and we focused on battling back those negative things we say to ourselves by listening for God’s voice and … Read moreFight Back in 2017
“I bet everyone else brought homemade treats to the party,” I thought as heaviness sat on my heart. I looked at my package of cookies, still in the ugly, plastic grocery store container, and I felt inadequate. “We don’t need to keep up with the neighbors, Kim,” he said as I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t … Read moreSomething Else Stinks at Christmas
Once when I was a teenager and had a friend visiting, my Mom stepped into the doorway of my room and said, “oh, I thought Lindsay was here. I heard you girls talking about her, so I assumed she must have joined you. Otherwise, you were just gossiping, which isn’t nice. So, unless you can … Read moreWhat’s Really Ugly at Christmas?
As the election draws to an end, Christians have an opportunity to demonstrate what it looks like to follow Jesus. Whether your candidate wins or loses, others should hear grace, compassion, humility, and love when they inevitably bring up the election. Jesus said: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My … Read moreYour Job This Week…