• All Writings,  Life

    Two Are Knocking, One Can Enter

    This year, I felt lead to read through the Bible. It may take me longer than a year, but I started at Genesis 1 and am slowly working my way through the living pages. A verse that has been stuck in my mind for weeks now is this: …Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it (Genesis 4:7). I recently learned that the word crouching in this verse is much like that of a roaring lion. These words were spoken by the Lord to Cain, who was angry because the Lord accepted Abel’s sacrifice and not his own. God graciously came to Cain and gave…

  • All Writings,  Life

    You Were Made for This

    Creation reflects the creator. When you see a wonderful work of art, or watch an awesome movie, or read an incredible book, you naturally applaud the one who “birthed” the masterpiece. Now look around you. Whether you’re in the mountain range of Colorado, or by the oceanside of the Florida beaches, or in the hills and valleys of Tennessee, a majestic Creator can be applauded. All of His creation praises Him! I love how Scripture attests to this truth: Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the…

  • All Writings,  Life

    The Healthy Habit of Casting

    A bible verse that I revisit over and over again is this one: …casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.   (I Peter 5:7) And this one: Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you… (Psalm 55:22) The word “cast” means to throw forcefully in a specified direction. In these two verses, we are given the simple instruction to throw all our anxieties and burdens off of our hearts and minds, into the direction of the Lord, who will then take them upon Himself. I wish this straightforward instruction was as simple to obey. Why do I hold onto things I cannnot control? For example,…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life

    Waiting is Beautiful

    Have you ever felt like you have obeyed the Lord by taking a giant leap of faith, and now you’re just waiting to land on solid ground? You know you have been called to do something but you just don’t know the details of that call; so, you… just… wait… on the Lord… and His… perfect… timing.Waiting is beautiful to the Lord. It puts us in a place of complete dependence on Him, which pleases Him, because He can then do His work in us.  Yes, while we humanly wait, He supernaturally works.  Hear His promise:Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up…

  • All Writings,  Life

    Learning to Soar

    In Scripture, God uses so many beautiful analogies to encourage His children. I recently read this verse which compares an eagle and its young to God and his own children: (He cared for them)…like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. Deut. 32:11 
The eagle is a magnificent bird. Its hollow lightweight frame is covered with 7000 feathers that allows it to soar as high as 2 miles above the ground. But the eagle doesn’t start with knowing how to fly; it has to be taught in its early stages of life. Once the…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life

    The Big Picture

    I walk a lot of golf courses. My son Davis plays for the University of Cincinnati so my husband Mac and I try to attend the tournaments that are reasonably close to home. On the golf paths, in the midst of beautiful scenery, I have learned to pray, and pray, and pray. Most of the time it’s not even about the golf that I’m watching; I just like to take advantage of this allotted time to pray for family, friends, and life issues–really, whatever the Lord brings to mind. BUT, before I sound too holy, I must confess, I do have a competitive streak in me that rises and falls…

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    5 Benefits of the Christian Life

    I’m not sure why, but early this morning as I was sipping my coffee quietly, an out-of-the-blue question came to my mind: “What’s the benefit of being a Christian?” Within 10 seconds, I came up with 5 reasons why I have chosen, by grace, to walk this daily path. Read and rest in these truths with me: Benefit 1: I have a place to “put my junk.” So much of the time, the things I think, say, or do are just plain wrong, and I know it. The cross of Christ is the place I can pour out my mess, and then walk away clean. If we confess our sins,…

  • All Writings,  Life,  Marriage

    Choosing Rain

    Are you struggling with a relationship right now– a friendship, a parent/child relationship, your marriage? This may sound too simple, but try kindness. Think of your kind words as much needed raindrops falling on a thirsty flower. Very practically, just as a flower cannot survive without water, neither can your relationship survive without kindness. First of all, be willing to humbly push aside any stubbornness, pride, or unforgiveness that exists in your own heart concerning the one you are struggling with. This attitude only keeps the air thick and the clouds dark between you both. Ask yourself, “Am I happy with these ill-feelings; really, am I happy being miserable?” If…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life,  Parenting

    You’re Invited to Listen

    Dear Readers, Not too long ago I had a conversation with Michael Easley on his radio broadcast show called InContext. If you have the opportunity, I welcome you to listen to my thoughts and stories about life and God, highs and lows, messing up and maturing. The interview can be found here: http://michaelincontext.com/listen/ Resting in Him alone.

  • All Writings,  Life

    Faith Is…

    The other morning I woke up extra early. Within minutes, I had numerous thoughts about the upcoming day racing through my mind. When this happens, it is more tiresome for me to lay in bed than to just get on up and sit, be still with the Lord, holding a warm cup of coffee in my hands. So, I rolled out of bed… In the summer, my “quiet place” is a specific spot on the screened-in-porch. On this particular morning, it was still dark outside…very very quiet. Ahhhh. Even though it was dark, I knew the landscaping that existed just beyond the porch:  the crepe myrtles with pink blooms, the…