The Hope promised by God. Our Hope fulfilled by God. As Christmas approaches, are you excited to unwrap the gift that holds your deepest desire? Do you anticipate unwrapping that one gift you secretly long for? I remember the Christmas morning I received my favorite gift growing up. As a teenager I longed for my…Read More
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Experiencing God from Every Vantage Point
Experiencing God from Every Vantage Point Was I missing out? Perched on the concrete ledge of the switchback, I gazed over the expanse of green grasses against the clear blue sky and the shallow riverbed glistening in the brilliant sunshine. The river mesmerized as it curved and then stretched out basking in the sun for…Read More
If Jesus Didn’t Go Solo, Neither Should We!
What was Jesus’ first action when He began His ministry? As I read this question, it gave me pause. Jesus is baptized, spends forty days in the wilderness, and then begins His ministry in Galilee. And just what is the first thing He does? Jesus calls His team. First, Peter and Andrew, followed by James…Read More
Resources to Help You Include Christ in Your Daily Routine
Devotionals for Both Men and Women Devotionals for Women Devotionals for Couples Devotionals for Men For those on the go who love Digital Options First5 app for women: First5 app First15 app: First15 app Upper Room Daily Reflections: Upper Room Incourage: (in)Courage Worship Initiative Devo: Worship Initiative app: Proverbs 31: Encouragement for TodayRead More
Is God in Your Back-to-School Routine?
As a kid, I was giddy when the time came each summer to buy school supplies. Throughout high school and then college, I excitedly anticipated my new class schedule. With that coveted class schedule in hand, I hurried next to the university bookstore anxious to handpick each textbook. For me, it was literally walking into…Read More
He Loved Them to the End
I experienced my first pedicure seated next to my daughter as she pampered for her first prom. That was years ago, but to this day I still feel compelled to prepare for a pedicure. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Raise your hand, if like me, you must shave and moisturize your legs before…Read More
What Price for Freedom?
Did you gleefully anticipate the 4th of July, a treasured holiday and day off from work? I did. Like me, did you celebrate with family and food, maybe a backyard BBQ or fish fry at the bay? Did you ooh and aah as you looked upward to watch beautiful fireworks light up the night sky,…Read More
This Father’s Day marks a new beginning…the beginning of holidays without my Dad’s presence. My family is in the difficult season of adjusting to life without him. That’s especially difficult for my mom who shared 60 years of marriage with my Dad. After a valiant fight against Parkinson’s and several other slow progressing diseases, my…Read More
Choosing God’s Truth
Less than a year ago, God nudged me to attend a retreat where I knew no one. It felt a little like jumping out of a plane, but I took that leap of obedience anyway. There I met women who “got” me. Women who love God. Women who encourage others in their walk of faith…Read More
How God Redeems and Restores
O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you, and accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone. Psalm 31:19 Can God’s redemption and restoration reveal itself in a 34 year old RV parked in a dusty, Texas ghost town? As I sit…Read More