Blessings…Miracles…Extraordinary Gifts

 “He knew without a doubt that miracles took place all the time, and that every one – without exception – was from the hand of God…There were big ones. There were small ones….He wondered what the world would be like if people would just stop and take the time to look at everything they wereContinue reading “Blessings…Miracles…Extraordinary Gifts”

No More Drama For This Mama

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of yourContinue reading “No More Drama For This Mama”

Stick to the Basics

“Fathers, (mothers) do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21 (NIV) I have three terrific kids. They work hard, try to do their best, and are obedient without being perfect. I’m always telling them perfection would be boring…however, lately I’ve been saying perfection would be boring but expecting much more outContinue reading “Stick to the Basics”

Beyond, “What’s in it for Me?”

“…this life is not our life. Our life is eternal, and that is God’s gift to us. And this life is our gift to God.” (Ally Breedlove, When Will the Heaven Begin?) My husband knows how to give presents. First, he takes mental notes of what people enjoy. Then, he researches the best brand andContinue reading “Beyond, “What’s in it for Me?””

It’s All A Matter of Timing – Part II

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” I John 5:14 (NIV) Yesterday we talked about how everyone’s spiritual journey is on its own timetable.  Today I want to talk about another area of timing when it comes to spiritual issues.  AnsweredContinue reading “It’s All A Matter of Timing – Part II”

It’s All A Matter of Timing – Part I

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,  Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV) I was talking with a friend the other day about the growth I’d experienced in my spiritual life over the past year.  Some concepts introduced within the last few months,Continue reading “It’s All A Matter of Timing – Part I”

Selfish vs Selfless

“Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Philippians 2:4 (The Message)   I heard a sermon by our Student Ministries Pastor, Pastor Justin Smelter, regarding selfishness versus selflessness in dating and marriage.  It shed additional insight forContinue reading “Selfish vs Selfless”