“Perfect love casts out all fear.” I know the Bible tells me this, but there are times when I’m still afraid. Maybe fear comes from a job loss, a diagnosis of illness or an approaching storm. We can feel afraid when the power goes out, a car swerves into our lane or our child isn’t … More Love Dispels Fear
I’ve always struggled with settling. But I believe God is teaching me that being content doesn’t mean settling. God is the God of more. He takes us from glory to glory and tells us Jesus came to give us an abundant life.He says he wants to prosper us and provide for us according to all … More Contentment or Settling?
Every day we are faced with situations that seem impossible. Whether it is an illness, the ruin of a relationship, a sudden traumatic event or even goals and dreams that seem out of our reach, impossibilities surround us. But God says that nothing is impossible with him. I’ve had a number of impossibilities in my … More Impossible?
Big dreams start with small steps. I believe big things are coming in this new year. God has already done miracles in my marriage, family and business, and I believe he’s calling us to trust him for even more than we can hope for or imagine. (Eph. 3:20) We have to think bigger. Recently, in … More Dream Big
Hundreds of posts this week have regaled thanksgiving blessings mixed with multiple cyber sales, and many venture solidly into a coming Christmas season. It’s enough to make my overloaded inbox cry. I don’t want to be that article. Don’t get me wrong. I’m beyond grateful for God’s amazing blessings. As a matter of fact, I … More The Uncertainty of Life
It’s easier to do something than it is to be honest. Think on that for a second. God puts it this way: “For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule, a little here, a little there. Very well then…God will speak to this people, to whom he has … More Doing vs Being
It’s been a grieving week. I miss the presence of someone who belongs in my life very much and it grieves my heart daily that things between us are so stuck. I continue to pray and cry and praise God in the midst of the challenged relationship, but sometimes the sorrow floods over me. And … More Handling Grief
I’m not a trained or licensed counselor. That’s my disclaimer. But I have read dozens of books, spent hundreds of hours in counseling and led groups dealing with addictions. Most importantly, I’ve experienced addiction in some way for the majority of my life. Either being addicted or living with one. Here’s the simple truth. Whether … More The Effects of Addiction Trauma
I don’t believe in formulaic approaches to a life with God. God’s too vast and creative to limit him to five easy steps. But he’s also pretty obvious about simple actions that set us up for success in life. Sometimes in my Bible reading, I discover he’s given us some clear-cut ideas that will bring … More 5 “Steps” to Peace
My husband and my first golf experience revealed a core issue in our marriage. My husband plays golf. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s good at it. Unlike me, who has been on a golf course twice. And, I spent more time playing in the cart than in the game. However, my dad taught … More Different, Not Wrong