How to Truly Forgive

FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER

Have you ever thought you had forgiven someone and found that the pain and hurt were still there, just as raw as ever?  What do we do now?  Once we forgive, shouldn’t it be behind us?  How on earth do we get over it???  Christians are  supposed to forgive. It’s what we do. It’s what makes us different from the world. The world wants to get even.  But not us.  In fact, the Bible tells us if we ever expect God to forgive us,  we must first forgive those how have sinned against us. [Read more…]

Heal Our Land

American Flag In Front Of An Old Church

The Creator of all things has made a promised based on a condition. This isn’t something He does very often. In fact, right off the top of my head, I can only think of a few other passage where He says do this and I’ll do that….One’s in Malachi when he says to bring the tithe into the storehouse and see if I won’t open the windows of Heaven and pour out such a blessing you can’t contain it. But this scripture has national consequences.  Consequences that will affect future generations. Our children and grandchildren will directly benefit if we pray for God to heal our land. But there are conditions. [Read more…]

Surrounded by Pharaohs

song of moses

Surrounded by Pharaohs seems to be exactly where the church is today. I mean the true church. Believers who truly want to live for the Lord God. The people who take the Precious Word of God seriously and believe it means what it says and says what it means. No fooling around distorting the truth. The truth is the same yesterday, today and forever. It will stand when all else fails. Those people are surrounded by pharaohs. We are. [Read more…]

God Cares About You

Young woman in hat standing on sand and looking to a sky

I can’t believe it has been a year.  A year ago this week our family went through a trial ~ literally~ and spiritually.  As we sat in my driveway, all I could say was “God cares about you and what happens to you. And even though we can’t see the future,  this is just part of  His plan for your life.  And it will all be fine. Somehow.”  Oh, that’s so easy to say…to someone else. But when it’s your child, it seems so trite, almost a copout. Just words on a page. “God cares about you and it will be ok.” Truthfully, I felt abandoned. Why on Earth did God let this happen to my daughter?  I didn’t know. [Read more…]

Why We Must Wait on God

The Lord is not slow

I’m in the middle of this book of Joshua, trying to sort out his journey to possess the promised land and how they might relate to my journey to possess His promises to me. One thing I have noticed. When I have enemies, I want God to zap them. Now. But for some reason God doesn’t work that way. There’s a very important reason as to why we must wait on God. [Read more…]

Be Strong and Courageous

spring forest

I’ve been feeling anything but strong and courageous, lately. In fact, I’ve been down and depressed. I know it’s primary because of my thyroid issues but then there are other things, too. That’s when I picked up a book on Joshua. Do you know how many times God told Joshua to be strong and courageous? I haven’t counted yet, but it was a lot. [Read more…]

A Simple Gesture

never grow tired

Friday evening we were sitting on the porch listening to the birds and feeling the cool breeze. It had gotten rather chilly outside,  so my husband was snuggled up in two blankets, which was most unusual for him and I had one.  My daughter was fine with the cool air and my granddaughter was too busy to be cold. [Read more…]

Becoming Christlike

road to a church

It was a dark and stormy night. This just might work. I have been trying to figure out how to begin this post. I’ve known what I wanted to say, just not known how to begin. My lawyerly husband tells his young lawyers when they need to write a brief and don’t know how to begin,  to start with the phrase, “It was a dark and stormy night…” and go from there…. [Read more…]

God of New Beginnings

2014 calendar

A New Year. New beginnings.  January is when you’ll find me making lists of all the things I intend to get done in the coming year.  Not only do I want to make my life easier,  but I also want to make the lives of everyone around me more pleasant. So,  I make my little lists and,  hopefully,  I will be able to look back at the end of the year and see my accomplishments! [Read more…]

Why Would Anyone Name Their Daughter Leah?

singing wren

“Why would anyone name their daughter Leah?”  That’s a question my husband  asked me a week or so ago, after I wrote about Jacob being tricked by his father-in-law into marrying his ugly daughter, Leah. Ok, It didn’t exactly say she was ugly. It said she had weak eyes…but immediately it contrasts her to her younger sister, Rachel, who is described as being “lovely in form and beautiful.”

What this means is: by comparison to Leah: Rachael had a good figure, probably meaning she was not fat. She was beautiful, meaning she was not ugly, she was easy on the eyes, where as Leah was hard on the eyes. Poor Leah.  And I thought to myself, I really don’t know. Why would anyone name their daughter Leah? [Read more…]