Growing with God

How To Keep Focused On Christ This Christmas

Several years ago our family took a Christmas trip to New York City … Wow. New York is an incredible place to visit. But during Christmas—it is magical. We immersed ourselves in the city. We rode the subway, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and ate from food trucks. Our kids ice-skated in Bryant Park on Christmas Eve. We visited Ground Zero on Christmas Day. During the most wonderful time of the year, our eyes were on a million wonderful things—but we missed THE most wonderful thing. It wasn’t intentional, but in the midst of the magic, we missed Jesus.   Today is a redux… Read More ›

When You Find Your Lost Treasure

Recently I read a story about a woman who lost one of her ten silver coins. Today, an ounce of silver is worth about the cost of a moderately priced meal. For this woman, each coin was worth about a day’s wage. She had lost 10% of her savings. The story says that she lit a lamp, swept the entire house, and searched carefully for it. When she finally found it, she invited her friends over and had a party (Luke 15:8-10)! I see myself so clearly in this parable. Maybe because I’m a woman and the story is about a woman. But… Read More ›

The Perfect Gift

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].” (James 1:17 AMPC) I love this verse, and am always comforted in knowing that God never changes. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is the Giver of every good, perfect gift. As is always the case, there is so much more to this Scripture. It is rich in truth…. Read More ›

Your Guide On The Unlit Path

Our family did a lot of camping when our kids were young. Yep. Real tent camping. We usually arrived at our destination in the late afternoon and quickly set everything up. Tent, food, chairs near the fire pit. As darkness descended, it was important for everyone to keep a flashlight in their pocket. Even in state parks the terrain is not smooth. Large rocks, protruding tree roots, and all kinds of other things are in the way. And bugs! It seems like each park has its own unique … uhm … tiny wildlife. These obstacles quickly become stumbling blocks in an… Read More ›

3 Simple Ways to Please God

When I was in college, I was caught up in external, visible displays of my faith. So much so, that I felt it was my calling to “check up” on the people in my circle of influence. I would often greet friends with, “Hi Lisa! How are you today? How was your quiet time?” And if she looked at me funny and said, “Quiet time? I didn’t have one today,”

God Has The Best Plan

Often I hear people say, “God is good.” And He is! But it doesn’t always feel like it. In recent years, I hear more people saying, “God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.” And He is! Even when it doesn’t feel like it. I’m learning that in a new way these days–that God has the best plan. It’s not really a “new lesson.” But God has me back in the classroom of life, learning to trusting Him with His plans for me.

When God Supplies All You Need

Two weeks ago, my dad and I headed off on a road trip together to attend the funeral of his older brother. Although the reason for the trip was a sad one, the time I shared with my dad was a treasure. When I was young, our family took lots of trips together, arriving at our destinations late into the night. For this trip, we originally scheduled two days of driving, so that we wouldn’t do that and then be too tired when we arrived. By dinnertime, however, we decided that in this case, it was best to push ahead so we would be more rested the next day, rather than tired from driving. I knew I needed strength that only God supplies.