Psalm 100 was written for you! The hope it offers is yours! Even if a heart of gratitude is not your present reality--it can be.
Finding joy in the holiday season can be tough. Sometimes, the joy isn't found as much as it's chosen. For some, holidays are a struggle because unforgiveness in the family still resides or the personality conflicts haven't been resolved. But for others, holidays are a reminder of loss. They magnify what or who is no… Continue reading The Empty Chair. Finding Joy this Holiday Season
Sometimes my kids are smarter than I am. I don’t mean in the academic sense—although, that’s true in the math department. What I mean is, there are times my children teach me about being wise and resilient. About giving something my best effort, even if it’s a long shot. About putting myself out there… Continue reading Ask For God’s Best and Give Him Your Best
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks… Continue reading Psalm 100, Part 2: Our God, Our Redeemer
The fire. The heat. It’s unbearable. I’m not sure I can endure it. Will it consume me? Will I survive? Will I come out on the other side intact? I can feel the fear welling up inside me. The uncertainty. The dread. I know I’ve asked God to remove everything in me that’s not honoring… Continue reading A Season of Refinement
I am in awe of the young woman before me. Over the last several years I’ve had the privilege of mentoring her and loving her like a daughter. And just recently she’s discovered a passion for Jesus that knows no bounds. She’s experienced His grace and healing in profound ways; and therefore, has every reason… Continue reading Psalm 100, Part 1: Our God, Our Creator
I’ve always wanted to go to a masquerade ball. Call me crazy, but from the first time I watched Phantom of The Opera on stage, I’ve wanted to go to one. I want to wear a gorgeous dress and a beautiful mask to conceal my identity from those around me. I want to eat from… Continue reading Day 30 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: Masquerade
“Good-bye! we’ll see you shortly!” I chirp before hanging up the phone. Then as I face my family, panic overtakes me… “Quick! We have guests coming!” Those words are like a Starter’s pistol at the beginning of a race. Everyone jumps up and scurries into action as I bark orders and assign tasks while simultaneously… Continue reading Day 29 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: The Resident
Today I joined a gym. Before you ask “How long is this going to last?” Know I’ve already asked myself that at least a dozen times. I’ve read the Scriptures commanding me to take care of my body more times than I can count. And every single time, I’ve felt the Spirit spur me to… Continue reading Day 28 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: Importance of Community
What encourages you? What gives you that extra bit of energy to slog through the hard parts of projects, days, life, and races when you want to quit, when you’re exhausted, and you’re wondering if it’s all worth it? What builds your endurance and makes you believe in yourself when want to abandon the thing?… Continue reading Day 27 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: Encourage!