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  • Did You Remember to Pray for Yourself?

    When your prayer list is filled with the needs of others, do you take time to pray for yourself? Are there things you feel aren't worth bringing to God?

    Do you pray for yourself? I mean seriously–pray … for … yourself. Think about all the people you pray for and the intensity with which you pray for them. Do you pray for yourself in the same way? In my quiet time a couple of weeks ago, I read through Psalm 90 in the New Living Translation. It’s a familiar psalm, but when I got to the last verse, I stopped in my tracks. I grew up reading and studying the New American Standard Bible and the New International Version. I love both of them. But I’m growing to to… Read More ›

  • When Blessing Others Becomes Second Nature

    Even when old age steals our minds,blessing others becomes second nature when we've made it our way of life and heart.

    Last week I shared about the importance of blessing others with our spoken words. God continues to show me its significance, especially when blessing others becomes second nature. Once again, a story about my dear mother-in-law. Although dementia consumes her mind, she does have moments of clarity. Even in those moments, she has difficulty communicating. If you pay attention, though, you can understand what she wants you to know. A little over a week ago she fell and fractured her arm. A few days later she visited her orthopedist. And the conversation she had with her intake nurse is one I’ll not soon forget. As “J” asked… Read More ›

  • Blessing Others With Our Spoken Words

    Words. Spoken words. Blessing others with our spoken words is life! Do you know someone who is desperate for this gift? Be a life giver by blessing others!

    Sometimes God is so intent on your “getting something” that He practically bombards you with it at every turn. That’s what the last few weeks have been like for me. Every where I turn, every passage I read, is focused on a common theme … blessing others with my words. Not just any words, but spoken words. Yes. Words you say out loud to praise, inspire, strengthen, and encourage someone else. For me, this is primarily for my teenage “kids” who will not be teenagers much longer. Not too long ago I discovered that my daughter’s primary love language is Words of… Read More ›

  • God Watches To Make Sure His Plans Are Fulfilled

    Jeremiah was intimidated by God's plan for his life. But he learned that God watches to see that every plan of His comes to pass. He does the same for us!

    In my previous post, I mentioned that one of my kiddos is facing a bunch of obstacles. She’s working her way through a series of medical tests that, even to a veteran, can be intimidating. Add to that, she’s 18 and now the “responsible party” for all of her paperwork. Although we don’t expect anything life-altering, the “not knowing” can be scary. But it’s the road God has her on right now. God assigned a daunting task to the prophet Jeremiah, as well. In the Old Testament, God appointed Aaron (Moses’ older brother) and his descendants to be the priests of Israel…. Read More ›

  • In a Storm of Change, What Is Your Anchor?

    Are you living in a storm of change? Has change become the constant of your life? What do you hang onto? There is an anchor that never changes!

    I’m living in a storm of change. Changes with my parents. Changes with Tim’s parents. Changes with my kids. An increase in my volunteer time. A decrease in my time with God. (oops!) It seems that every time I turn around, things are no longer as they once were. Right now, it seems that change is the constant. With all this change, I need an anchor–something, Someone who does not change. My two 18-year-old “kids” are eagerly (and somewhat anxiously) looking toward their futures. This process of change is not always peaceful! One of them is in the middle of hurdling a series of obstacles…. Read More ›

  • Do You Bear the Family Resemblance?

    I smile when I catch a glimpse of a parent in their child. Do you? God created us to bear His family resemblance. Do others smile when they see Him in you?

    I love to see a family resemblance. Whether it’s in my own family or someone else’s, I always smile when I catch a glimpse of a parent in their child. Sometimes it’s much more than a slight resemblance. It doesn’t matter the age, sometimes the similarity is striking. A son may be the spittin’ image of his dad. A daughter looks just like her mom. People tell me all the time, “You look just like your mom!” I consider it a compliment! Scripture tells us that Adam had a moment like this. When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father… Read More ›

  • Fear Fighting–REVIEW

    Do you struggle with fear? Are you a fear dweller? You can be a Fear Fighter! Check out Kelly Balarie's new book FEAR FIGHTING! #fearfightingbook

    I’ve known Kelly “virtually” for a couple of years through her blog and periscope posts. But I met Kelly personally at a conference in Dallas last summer. She’s the real deal–the same in person as she is online. Beautiful smile, filled with energy and a deep love for God.  I was tickled when she invited me to be a part of her launch team. In her new book, FEAR FIGHTING, Kelly shares, with gut-level honesty, stories about herself and others and how they overcome fear. Notice I didn’t say overcame. Kelly doesn’t claim to have fear licked, but she has learned a ton… Read More ›