An Empty Heart and an Open Door

“My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.” Psalm 108:1  ABPE I hosted my entire family this past Christmas Eve. It was my year. It was my turn. I wanted to do it up grand. But where do you seat 40 people, together, when you don’t own a mansion? Yes, 40! My only […]

Inspire: Winning

“Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed.” Psalm 20:6   When we choose Jesus, we choose a life of victory! We choose a life of being in the winner’s circle and the winning bracket. We choose a life where neither sin, nor heartache, nor troubles, nor even death have power over […]

When Depression Hits: How to Pray Above Your Sorrow

“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.” – Psalm 143:8 NKJV I stand in the doorway trying hard to produce a smile as I wave goodbye. It’s what […]

Inspire: Beginning and End

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13   The first words, in the first chapter, in the first book of the Bible are, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis) The last words, in the last chapter, in the […]

What I Learned When I Prayed for Love

“Above all, love each other deeply…” 1 Peter 4:8 NIV Sometimes it’s hard to love the ones we love. It’s as if our love – once whole and full, has sprouted leaks from the punctures of life, pain, fear, time, or distraction. And yet, we know, we must love despite our leaks. So we try […]

Inspire: The Impossible…Isn’t

“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37   We gauge our circumstances by what we think can happen. We limit outcomes by what we see as possibilities. We lower God’s ability by what we understand. Our problems then stack up with an assurance they cannot be solved. Yet, God says… There is no marriage […]

All Things Hope: February Edition

“Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting–a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Sometimes it’s easy to miss hope filled things. The […]

Inspire: Forgiving

“…and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 30:20   I was slighted. Forgive. But Lord, I don’t want to. Forgive. Lord, I can’t right now. Forgive. It doesn’t feel right. Forgive. Ok, Lord. You’ll be healed. I trust You. You’ll be strengthened. I feel relieved! I […]