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But I Don’t See the Good!

I was so blessed last week to go to North Dakota and speak and minister to the homeschooling group there. I met some wonderful people, encouraged some, and was encouraged in return until…. Until I fell. I was hurrying back from a workshop with my arms full of computer and books, I skirted around the corner of a booth and my foot caught on the table skirt that was too long and had draped onto the floor. My foot slid out from under me and I should have gotten a 10 for the graceful swan dive I took across the... Read More

God’s Rest

Trust means resting – resting in the fact that God is in control, that He loves you, that He will work all things out for your ultimate good, and that He will equip with with all you need to do the works He has called you to do. God’s rest brings peace, contentment, and joy. “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.”  Hebrews 4:9 “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28 There is a rest to come – heaven!  But there is also the ability to... Read More

Dealing with Depression as a Christian

Is a Christian sinning if he/she is depressed? How does a Christian deal with depression? The Bible says that Jesus wept (John 11:35), but the next thing he did was to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43). How do these verses apply to me and depression? These verses changed my life! I had learned that depression was the way to handle life’s circumstances when life was overwhelming or chaotic or sad from my mother. Then I saw that Jesus wept, but He didn’t stay there! The next eight verses tell of Him getting up and raising Lazarus! It is okay... Read More

Emotions: The Engine or the Caboose

When our emotions are raging or weeping or ecstatic we are to humble ourselves before God. That humbling is putting our emotions in the correct perspective. “Therefore humble yourselves, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). Are your letting your emotions be the engine or the caboose? If we allow our emotions to be our train engine, then our reactions and decisions will be born out of the emotion of the moment, not Godly truth and counsel. Emotions... Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day

This week we think of love. I love my boys.I gave gift certificates for Dairy Queen and the local yogurt shop to the boys in their cards. I included a colorful plastic spoon to eat it with!! I love my husband; I gave him a card with our special saying and signed with my private nickname that he gave me 33 years ago! Love is giving. How do I know? “God so loved the world that He gave…” What did He give? He gave that which was most precious to Him – His Son. Love is giving sacrificially and covenantly. Jesus’s death... Read More

God Answers Prayer

Have you ever wondered if God really answers prayer? Have you sought an answer, but God seemed to be silent? Or you asked, and the answer was no? Did God quit caring for you? God answers prayer. Look at this example form Exodus. “So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Exodus 2:24 God does answer prayer. Think about it: God heard the Israelites over in Goshen, Egypt, and prepared Moses in Midian, several hundred miles to the west, to lead them out of slavery. The next chapter is the burning bush call... Read More

Gentle and Quiet Heart

I strove for years to have that gentle and quiet heart and spirit that 1 Peter 3:4 speaks of when he says, “Your adornment must…be….the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” Even though I didn’t talk until I was 5 years old, my Dad was fond of saying, “She hasn’t shut up since!” I don’t need a microphone on the ball field or in a gymnasium. I love laughter, conversation, friendship, and shouting out loud praises to my God.  When I sing, I... Read More

Not to Worry

Worry.  There is a lot of things out there to worry about!  House closings, babies coming, financial needs, business endeavors, relationships, etc…  I want you to know that at one time I was one of the world’s best worriers!  I worried about it all!  But then, God began to show me that worry is not of Him.  He wants us to rest and trust.  If circumstances don’t turn out the way that we want them to, then we still trust because God has our back!  He knows what is best for us and, I believe that when we get to... Read More

Hope in Midst of Persecution

Hope in midst of persecution. There is hope of better things to come. “Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions, and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 But our hope can’t be placed on gaining the things mentioned in Mark... Read More

Peace

“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth?  I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.”  Luke 12:51-52 “…And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 “Peace on earth, good will towards men” is our hearts’ desire.  But Jesus made it clear that this will not occur until after His second coming.  We can work together for world peace; we may eliminate aids and cancer, but... Read More
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