When Fear Attacks—Focus on Jesus   Our world is full of people living in fear. Fear of the future, terrorism, ill-health, money woes, relationship blow-ups, and kids’ harmful choices.  There’s no end to the list. As followers of Jesus we face the same issues, but we have a choice:    We can live under the […]

“Have you worn it in the last year?” That’s the question we’re “supposed” to ask when weeding out our old clothes, right? Unfortunately, it’s a pretty easy question to get around: No, but I didn’t have a reason to wear something that dressy. No, but I plan to lose a few pounds. No, but I […]

Through the years, I’ve become an expert at feeling bad. The New Year puts my expert skills in overdrive. I assess my plans & goals for this past year; the things I accomplished and the things I didn’t. I feel great about my successes. The things I’ve failed at, forgotten, or left unfinished? I feel […]

There’s nothing fluffy or cute about beauty. The topic of beauty has become a bloody battlefield. Young girls are being bullied to death over their looks or weight. The lure of online fame compels our daughters and granddaughters to mimic the lifestyles of those that our culture worships and adores. As a communicator who speaks […]

“Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5 I went for a walk one morning filled with dread. As I mulled over what might happen the tears slipped down my cheeks.  Worried and filled with fear, I kept telling myself, and God, that I couldn’t cope if this frightening possibility […]

My first real boyfriend entered my life when I was 16. His name was David and he had great eyes, a great smile, and he was smart and kind. Even better? He had a car. It was a two-door coup with bucket seats and it was painted my favorite color. It easily weaved in and […]

Your Mind: Trap or Trigger? What happens when you start worrying about a situation? Your mind acts like a trap! Like a fly caught in a sticky spider web, worries and fears keep us trapped, fixated on our problems and flooding us with anxiety and stress. Jesus referred to worry five times in just nine […]

As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” I Samuel 18:7&8  Jealousy can clutter a heart just like a pile […]

I was at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and had the opportunity to stand in front of the breathtaking work of Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises. I tried to take it all in—the beauty , the thick layers of paint and the small, bold strokes of color. I studied each individual part of the painting while trying […]

“Do not worry about your life… do not worry about tomorrow” Jesus, Matthew 6 I’m a self-identified wimp.  If I see a bee hive, or even a solitary bee zooming in my direction, I run. Bees, bugs, and insects press my panic buttons. In fact, one of my worst experiences was in Singapore when I […]

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) As the years go by, each Christmas becomes more festive with decorations celebrating the holiday season. The expression of the day has become “Happy Holidays!” In the midst of parties, gifts, decorations, lights, […]

I’d seen pictures of the Grand Canyon all my life in a variety of ways; in magazines, on calendars, screen savers, paintings, magnets, postcards, and more. So, when my family decided to visit there recently, I pretty much thought I knew what to expect. We arrived in the late afternoon when I first saw it. […]

Does it ever seem like everyone’s Christmas trees and decorations are better than yours? Social media turns Christmas season into an internet competition and sometimes, we find ourselves decorating for an Instagram moment rather than the enjoyment of a real-life moment with those we love. Last November, I wanted to get a jump on Christmas […]

Instead of a houseful of kids and their little ones running around laughing, crying, playing with toys and sneaking treats, this year my husband, Jim, and I will be home alone for Christmas.  Perhaps this is something familiar to you, for one reason or another? My automatic reaction is to feel sad and find myself […]

It’s very easy to let our lives drift off course. It rarely happens overnight. Slowly but surely we wake up one day and we are in a dry dark desert. We chose a detour and before we knew it, we were way off the lighted path. Mistakes were made. Life happened. We bought things we […]