People know us by our actions much more than our words. People can hear “I love you” multiple times over, but unless they are actually shown love, they won’t fully experience the warmth.Read More
There's a lot we can learn from the animals in our lives if we would take the time to let them teach us. One day, a while back, I took the time to “research” the ways of my cat, Ophelia…. She was extraordinary and taught me so much, believe it or not, about how to be a better Christian.Read More
Ever try to put something together, like pieces of unassembled furniture, and the directions are quite skimpy? You have no idea from the picture presented where each piece is supposed to go and which fasteners are supposed to be used at each point.Read More
You could throw your hands in the air and say forget it! Why bother to try when there are people out there more influential than I am who can and will do it anyway? But God has a different approach. He uses the little guy way more than we give Him credit.Read More
So, even if you follow leaders more than you lead, you still need to have enough knowledge to lead yourself when your own leaders fail you. You need your own knowledge. You cannot borrow someone else’s knowledge when making fast, crucial decisions about your life and about the lives of those you lead.Read More
And don’t read this thinking, well, I follow more than I lead, so I don’t need to know this. Think again, my friend. Moses spent 40 years tending sheep in Midian before he was thrust into the role of leading a flock of people out of Egypt. God might be equipping you for something greater …Read More
I went to bed tired. I woke up tired. I sometimes feel like I am juggling 25 balls at any given time. I throw them up in the air, thinking I have managed them well. What I seem to be unaware of is that someone up there catches them and holds on to them only to zing one straight at my head once in a while that I didn’t see coming.Read More
Ever just want to curl up under a blanket and shut out the world and have a good cry as you bemoan all the bad happening in your life? It’s almost cleansing and therapeutic, as long as you don’t stay there on that couch for weeks and weeks.Read More
Despite my lack of enthusiasm, I drove the hour distance to the place where I grew up and prepared myself for this blind date. Everyone knows they don’t work, I thought. Why should I go to so much trouble for this?Read More
This past week has been one of great learning for me. For the first time in 25 years I have begun working outside of my home.Read More
I asked for direction moving forward because I was really lost. I made a list of all that I wanted in a husband and submitted it to the only One who was in better control over my life than I was!
I think we overlook those kind of day-to-day, years-in-the-making miracles in favor of people walking out of a totaled car unscathed or being pronounced dead on the operating table only to come back to life…. Should we blame the internet for sensationalizing everything so that a sprouting flower seems paltry by comparison on the miracle scale?Read More
My daughter’s wedding is approaching quickly. We have so many decisions and choices yet to make, but there is another wedding that is also coming quickly!Read More
We have stopped leaving our homes to go out and find people to bring into them for breaking bread together. We pull into our garages and close down the doors before anyone who is outside can run up to interact with us. We desire our comfort, our sanctuary, our retreat, our food, our easy chair …Read More
My devotional that day, on prayer, had brought to my mind all of the sweet women I had met on that trip who desperately needed my prayers. When was the last time, though, that I had taken the time to pray for their individual needs?Read More
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed, so exhausted, so defeated by the circumstances in your life? Have you ever felt like the enemy was going to win? I'm here to tell you that you do not have to fight your battle alone! You don't have to feel like this anymore!Read More
I woke up at the end of my week of prayer and something was different. It was like a cork had been popped in my chest and air was able to get in there now.Read More
In my small part of the world, General Motors has chosen to use the word “unallocate” to describe the situation at our local Chevy Cruze car plant.
Ever walk by a row of crooked picture frames on the wall and feel the need to straighten them before you can concentrate on anything else? What if it’s not even in your own home? Do you fix it?Read More
When I was in Kindergarten, I received my first gift from a boy. One day, during recess, little Johnny Hays marched right up to me proudly bearing his precious gift.