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God’s Plan for Me

Jesus is teaching in Luke 14:28-32 about salvation. He compares yielding all relationships and earthly possessions up to Him with two people who need to be wise planners. The builder needs to have a plan before he builds, and the king should plan before he sends troops into battle. Jesus is saying that as Christians there will be a cost to discipleship as well. This cost is relinquishing your rights of relationship to others and to your possessions. This does not mean you are to live penniless and alone. Rather, as you turn all things over to Jesus, He changes... Read More

Things I’ve Learned from Having Chronic Health Issue

Chronic health issues aren’t easy. Pain is lonely. You can try to help others understand, but others than those closest to you usually don’t understand. Here are some things that I have learned that help to make chronic pain easier on me and others. God cares. He is here and will never leave me. My husband tries to understand but sometimes forgets that I am in pain. I try to help him by giving him a number between 1 and 10 for the depth of my pain. This is a good cue for him to know if he should push... Read More

Pride vs. Humility

Pride was Satan’s sin and is often at the root of most of humankind’s sins. As a Christian, we are to be crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20) which includes having a humbled heart. Let’s look at the attributes of pride and humility to learn how to approach having a humble heart.         PRIDE                   vs.                 HUMILITY Brings dishonor (Prov. 11:2)               Honors God and self Is foolish (Prov. 28:26)                   ... Read More

Joy to the World; But What About Me?

Christmas time is all about joy, peace, and love; but for many of us, the stress seems to snuff out our personal joy. We are living jet setting lives when we were created to enjoy the meandering. “Be still (cease striving) and know that I am God,” says Psalm 46:10. When was the last time you slowed down enough to cease striving? Surely not during this busy pre-Christmas season with meals to plan, presents to buy and wrap, guests to prepare for, and shows to attend. And yet Nehemiah reminds us, “Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the... Read More

Where does your strength come from? Honestly, sometimes it comes from sheer determination, denial, selfish ambition, or attempting to prove something to others. These can all be motivations to keep pushing, but their strength will wear out. Instead, I remember (sometimes), that my strength must come from God. “Whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies” (1 Peter 4:11). The early Israelites put their trust and strength in gods which were not gods, idols, and in other countries and their horses and chariots. Hear what God says in Isaiah 40:28-31, Do... Read More

Who’s In Charge?

Who’s in charge? You thought you were, then WHAM! Life happened. When my friend, Kathy, got cancer her immediate question was “Why not me?” I asked her why she didn’t ask instead, “Why me?” She said that she was a member of the human race. Rain (and sin, destruction, disease, devastation) falls on the just and the unjust. Kathy got it. She’s not in charge. She kept her spirits up through rounds of chemo and eventual victory over breast cancer, only to die of bone cancer six years later. but she was joy-filled through the ordeal and ready to go... Read More

Patience

There is the little girl that prays for patience and tells God to hurry up and give it to her! I have been that little girl. Have you? Patience seems to be one of the fruits of the Spirit that is just out of reach. Even when we begin to see the fruit of patience in one area or another, there seems to be other areas where we have no patience – with a particular person or a particular situation. But, once again, we see patience as a fruit that grows from deep roots and Sonshine!  “So that you will walk... Read More

Security

I want to feel secure, wrapped with love and protection, unafraid of the chaos and evil of this world. Don’t you? I did a word search on the word security in the Bible. I was surprised at what I found, but then again, not so surprised. Let me tell you what I mean. Security is only found in the Old Testament. The Jews were assured security in the land as part of the blessings if, and only if, they continued in God’s ways. They did not. Security is also mentioned in the prophesies of the end times such as in Isaiah:26:1, “In... Read More

Mrs. America

My daughter-in-law, Victoria Halydier, is competing this weekend in the Mrs. America pageant. So, Victoria, this is for you and for all the beautiful Christian women reading this. God has made you beautiful. He has clothed you with grace and righteousness, with dignity and strength. Outward beauty will fade as the grass of the fields, but inward beauty is forever. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” My prayer is that you will not only shine outwardly, but that others will... Read More
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