Joy and Jesus

“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:11 Joy.  What is it?  Are we meant to experience it?  Does it depend upon our circumstances?  Our relationship to God? The favorite Christmas song “Joy to the World” announces joy at the coming of Jesus.  That is our first clue.  Joy comes when Jesus comes.  Throughout Scripture I am finding joy coupled with salvation.  Joy is in the presence of the Lord.  John writes that Jesus said that if we keep His commandments and abide... Read More

God or His Gifts?

Christmas is coming. Have you made your wish list? Are you excited about getting gifts or spending time with family and loved ones? Do you desire you husband’s gifts or your husband?  Do you desire God or His Gifts? Do you enjoy sitting in His lap or just desiring that He makes your life easier? Boy, that question has caught me a couple of times! This goes along with my last post of yielding.  Am I seeking God for a relationship – the good, the bad, and the ugly (in my limited scope), or am I seeking a holy Santa Claus that will... Read More

Yield, Surrender

Yield, surrender, give up the right. That’s a hard concept.  I know what I want. But what if it is not what God wants? I have to yield up my desires to God for what He knows is best for myself, my children, my husband, and my friends even if what is best for them is heartache and struggles. God is more concerned about our character and reliance on Him than our circumstances. I prefer to focus on the circumstances and beg God to get me out of them! I have a choice.  I can manipulate the circumstances.  I can and will pound the gates... Read More

Losing Faith? Remember!

When we find ourselves questioning God’s activity in our lives or His great love for us, we need to remember. It is important to remember God’s goodness, His salvation, His works in the Bible, and his work in our lives.  Why should we remember? Because our God never changes! If He was once good, He is forever good. Our circumstances may be bleak, our outlook may be downcast, but our God is still good! When we remember, we can look up past the moment and hope for tomorrow. We can remember God’s love and move into a spirit of praise... Read More

Days and Days of Monotony

We often drive through west Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Last year we took a trip that also included Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oklahoma. We did eventually get to see some mountains, but there was a whole lot of grassland and desert to cross first. But even in the mundane of desert land, cactus, mesquite, and flat land there was beauty. Tracy saw two or three coyotes. (I was sleeping!) The clouds and sky were ever changing and beautiful. The farms and occasional small town broke up the days and days of monotony. Sometimes I feel that life is... Read More

The Habit of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time where we focus for a few minutes, at least, on giving thanks for all that God has done for us and all the stuff we have. The obvious are usually the first give : family, friends, salvation. But what if you were asked to write 50 things that you were thankful for? Could you do it? Psalm 100 says that we are to, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” This is easy when we remember that, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is... Read More


From the moment of cognition until the day we die, we make choices.  What to wear, who to have a relationships with, what to do, when to wake up, when to go to bed, the list is endless. But with choices come responsibility.  With responsibility comes maturity. As a wife and mom it is sometimes easier to make choices for my husband and children, but by doing so, I rob them of a chance to grow. Growing includes making mistakes. Making mistakes is a privilege of making choices. and from our mistakes we can learn valuable lessons. Each of my... Read More

God’s Provision is Always Enough

God’s provision is always enough and always on time. “For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills” Ps. 50:10. We have often prayed, “God, You own a thousand cattle on a thousand hills, please butcher one and send me the money for ___________!” We are only jesting, but the principle is true: God owns everything! His provision is always enough.I do not believe or teach that God will give me anything I want if I just have enough faith, or if I just claim it. My salvation is based on Jesus, and only Jesus. My relationship... Read More

Jesus is Wisdom

Proverbs 4:7-9 says that: “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.” Jesus is wisdom, so if you replace “wisdom” with “Jesus” this is how it reads: “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire Jesus; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize Jesus, and He will exalt you; Jesus will honor you if you embrace Him. He will place on... Read More

Uniquely You

Aren’t you glad that God made us all so different?  He sure had a sense of humor when he made me! Some of us have freckles, some have dark skin, and some light.  Some of us are extroverts and others are introverts.  Some laugh easily and sing a lot; others are quiet and shy.  Some of us need words of affirmation, and others just need a look of approval or a touch of love. You are uniquely you. My three daughters-in-law (see picture) are very different from each other: from their backgrounds to the way they parent to their senses of... Read More