When I was a teenager, I recognized that I wanted to be closer to God, but I just couldn't figure out how to do it. I couldn't seem to find the time to pursue a relationship with him when I was so busy with school and friends and everything else that occupies a teenager's mind,… Continue reading Christian Meal Replacement Plan
God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible - what a pity that we only plan the things that we can do by ourselves. - A. W. Tozer Remember how the disciples sometimes seemed surprised when Jesus performed a miracle, or equated him to other great men of faith rather than… Continue reading Open Up to the Impossibilities
I don’t know about you, but sometimes…just occasionally….my mind wanders when I pray. In the morning, distractions of the day nudge their way into my thoughts, and at night, fatigue derails my train of thought completely. To get back on track, I recite a section of the Lord’s Prayer as a sort of category, and… Continue reading Christ’s Pattern for Prayer
...even though I have faith that I am. What I mean is, I don’t always sense the presence of the Holy Spirit who lives inside me. I don’t “feel” him in my heart. (And sadly, I don’t allow myself to be controlled by him every moment.) Even when I am deeply immersed in my devotional… Continue reading I Don’t Always “Feel” Like a Christian…
Until it was pointed out to me years ago, I had never considered that Christ wishes for us to have peace-filled lives. Most, if not all, of the epistles begin with this greeting: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” - I Corinthians 1:3 How lovely to begin his letters to us with that message! It is… Continue reading How Do We Attain Authentic Peace?
As I was eating some delicious Mexican chocolate chia pudding this morning, I could not help but shake my head in wonder. What was once a seed reserved for growing grassy hair on “Ch-ch-ch-chia” Pets and Chia Heads has now been shown to be a superfood, and as a bonus, one that can create a… Continue reading Chia Seeds & a Little Faith
A few years ago, my family traveled to Colorado for vacation. From our home in Illinois, it took us about 22 hours to reach Breckenridge, the pretty mountain town that was our destination. A good chunk of that time was spent on a stretch of road straight west through Kansas. And when I say straight,… Continue reading God Doesn’t Do Kansas Roads
Today, Zacchaeus may be fondly remembered as the wee little man in the Sunday school song; but for much of his life, he was ostracized by his community. He was the tax collector for Jericho. Not only was he hated for working hand-in-hand with the Roman Empire, but for being a cheat. No wonder those… Continue reading Searching, Finding, Receiving, Giving
Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!
About the same time that I took a hiatus from blogging in November, I got sick, the kind of cold virus that takes a few weeks to run its course, complete with laryngitis. Losing my voice was the most frustrating part of the illness for me. No shouting up the stairs when I needed one… Continue reading Five Lessons Learned from Silence