Hope When Things Seem Lifeless

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. – Zechariah 4:6 NIV A few months ago, I received a desert rose plant as a gift. I loved its lush, green leaves and heavy flower buds just waiting to reveal the blooms hidden within. With no idea how to take care […]

When Peace is Hard to See

“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” – Psalm 123:1 NIV I stood at the railing mesmerized by the turbulent waters below. My family and I decided to skip our traditional holiday festivities and spend time on a cruise ship sailing across the Pacific Ocean. It was […]

When Bravery is Gone and You Just Want to Hide

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. – Psalm 142:3 NIV I didn’t want to get up. It was eleven in the morning. The blinds were closed, the curtains drawn, and I was buried in the folds of my bed. Sunlight snuck in beneath the curtains and played […]

A Question Worth Asking

“Then the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God…” 1 Kings17:24  NIV   He wasn’t in the wind. He wasn’t in the earthquake. He wasn’t in the fire. But He was there. God promised Elijah he would show up, and that He did. The Lord decided to make […]

When Forgiving is Just Too Hard

“Forgive … as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32 MSG For most of us, forgiveness isn’t a matter of should, but a question of can. I know I’m supposed to forgive, but I don’t think I have the strength, or (let’s be honest) the desire to forgive. The Bible speaks over and over […]

Hold On

“Hold on to what is good.” 1Thessalonians 5:21 NLT     I wish I could say I knew her, but I can’t. We went to support her daughter but we didn’t know her mom. We heard about her, we heard the stories, but time didn’t allow us to get to know her. If she was […]

A Post Mother’s Day Pick-Me-Up

“I Thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him.” – 1 Timothy 1:12 NLT Mother’s Day is sweet. Then Monday comes and I remember …   I’m a mother to teenagers.   I’d like to say this feat has […]


“But you, O Sovereign Lord, deal well with me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.”   Psalm 109:21  NIV   I had a favorite sweatshirt.   Maybe you know the kind. The ones where you come home from work or church or anywhere else and you strip down to […]