After a week filled with challenges that hit the core of who I am, I know how easy it is to question if God cares. I have been blessed by reading the devotionals like In Touch written by Dr. Charles Stanley. The devotional for Monday, April 29, reminds us of God's love in difficulties. "This [...]
As control desiring human beings, we often hold tight to what we want. Sometimes our desires are good, but they must be brought under the authority of Almighty God. God's Word, His way, His faithfulness are concepts that we can hold tight. He is worth holding fast!
When Jesus came to earth, he experienced both joy and sorrow. He was willing for our sake to endure the horrors of the cross. He has sent ahead of us a "cloud of witnesses" - others who have lived through joys and sorrows of their own. As we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can [...]
I know we all have times that are tough. Sometimes a close friend or loved one is facing the difficulty. Our first desire is to try to fix things. While I believe in seeking solutions to problems, I think we try to take God's job into our own hands. So when times get tough, go [...]
Meet Sheila. This is my “new-to-me” car. As for the name – friends of mine influenced me into naming cars. This one just looked like a Sheila to me. I have no idea why – she just does. 😉 Now for the story – last Sunday as I was driving to a graduation, my 1994 [...]
My family had a tough week, but God is still good. After a battle with dementia, my aunt died on Wednesday. While we will miss her, she is rejoicing with her Savior. My aunt had placed her trust in Jesus Christ. Those of us who trust Christ will have the same blessing when our earthly [...]
No matter where we are in life, we have good days and bad. Living in a sin cursed earth with sinful people means there will be hardship. But God is good no matter what happens so we can rest in Him and find joy. When it is hard to find comfort in trials, God's Word [...]
I often read from Streams in the Desert by L.B.Cowman. It is loaded with Biblical advice on how to handle trials. Here is one poem that has stood out to me. This has often been the plea of my heart. Father God, please draw me to Yourself.
A while back I shared my story about "Contentment with Flooding". Today I want to share about another challenge that God put in my path and how He has used it to my benefit. Some years ago I had been getting sick frequently. Too frequently. I floundered for a while, but finally wondered if I [...]
I was recently reminded of a story from my time of teaching K4. One of my students needed to have heart surgery which was scheduled for mid-December. As a class we prayed for him at the beginning of every school day. I know how easy it is to look at difficult circumstances and think that [...]