Prayer. Every believer knows the word 'prayer'. We understand the importance of communication with our Father. But there can be a lot of mystery, doubt, even fear surrounding the act of prayer. We all have many of the same questions and struggles, and Jesus has already given us the answers (just like He always does!). So, let's look at what it means to pray. What is Prayer? Prayer is simply communication, talking with God. He doesn’t expect fancy words or polished speeches. He doesn’t want … [Read more...] about What is Prayer and Why Does it Matter?
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7) We all need mercy, each and every one of us. We are all sinners. Even Paul, the great missionary, confessed to being the worst! When we lose sight of our own need for mercy, we become less merciful to others. Our pride leads to judgmental attitudes and feelings of superiority, and pride always goes before a fall! Pride is a sin that gives birth to a host of other sins. Only when we remember how broken, unrighteous, and … [Read more...] about The Fulfillment of our Greatest Need–The Mercy of God
Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11) So many things pulling at my heart,my time, my life-- some good, some not, but countless things demand my attention, scream for my focus. I am called, just as every believer is, to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength—all of it! Not pieces, not half, not most, not what's left...but all! Undivided, complete, whole--all for … [Read more...] about Undivided
I can't do this. But God can! This is true for absolutely everything we do. But, the bigger the dream, the loftier the goal, the harder the challenge, the more we realize just how true it is! Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NASB). ~*~ This verse does NOT mean He gives us everything we want. We can't claim this verse for a new car, or quote it when we want new shoes. "Well, God wants me to have the desires of my heart … [Read more...] about But God!
Prayerful Perseverance... I attended a homeschool conference this past weekend--speakers, encouragement, and books as far as the eye can see. College reps, curriculum sales, and Bible studies, all tempting in shiny new packages, all calling out as the perfect solution to our every need, each claiming to be the best. Most are wonderful, but with limited time and a predetermined budget, I had to be choosy. Each different booth offered wonderful resources. But, things can be powerful … [Read more...] about New Focus through Prayerful Perseverance
My son spent a few days in the hospital last week. He has rare and potentially serious health risks so his doctors tend to be extremely cautious, and because of his symptoms, he was admitted to the hospital . Thankfully, it wasn't serious and he was able to come home yesterday where he is recovering quickly. We rejoice and praise God! There is nothing I have experienced in life harder than watching my child, my son, suffer in pain, endure medical tests, procedures, and surgeries, and fight … [Read more...] about Growing Pains
Jesus Peace: 31 Days Finding Peace in His Presence Now available in paperback and Kindle! Come experience the incredible, life-changing peace that only Jesus can give. This 31-Day Devotional will transform you as you trust in Jesus and find His perfect peace. In every situation and every season, we can find peace, strength, and rest in the comforting presence of Jesus. Peace has nothing to do with our circumstances. It has everything to do with Jesus! Order Jesus … [Read more...] about Jesus Peace
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:19-20) Easter week is a special time to focus on Christ. It is an opportunity to reflect on His sacrifice, and remember His pain, suffering, and death. But even more so, it is a wonderful time to rejoice over His … [Read more...] about Resurrection Power
Peace What does it mean to you? Do you enjoy it or are you currently longing for it? Often, the answer depends on our understanding of peace. We tend to confuse peace with comfort or the absence of problems. But this is false peace. It isn't real and it never lasts. This world is full of scary situations, loss, grief, and pain--tragedies to deal with and trials to face. But even in the midst of our pain, our peace can be constant, complete, and unending. But how? … [Read more...] about Peace… No Matter What!
We are blessed most when we bless others! "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31) If we are following these two commandments, we will be in obedience of them all! … [Read more...] about Be Blessed…Be A Blessing!