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Lose to Gain

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes from faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith Philippians 3:8-9 Success. Financial security. Home ownership.…

I’m A Skunk

There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. Mark 7:15 Without a doubt my greatest challenge and sin are the words I say. Words said in anger. Words said to make a pointed point. Words said to punish. Words said carelessly without thought. Wounding words I can’t retrieve. Things I say to impress and elevate self. Gossip and slander.…

Mary Knew

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 A young girl, a teenager. A teenager in a culture where girls pregnant out of wedlock were at best shunned and rejected. Most commonly, they were stoned to death. A teenager doing her best to live an honorable life. “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And…

Future Stakes

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”   – Jesus,        John 14:12 1984’s The Terminator, smashed theaters. The futuristic movie features Arnold Schwarzenegger, a cyborg assassin disguised as a human who travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor. Sent to protect Sarah is Kyle Reese who reveals Skynet, an artificial…

Against the Grain

For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 I hate being misunderstood. It’s one of the most frustrating things for me – I’m saying something, doing something and people (even people who are supposed to know me) interpret it another way. Put their own spin on it. Tell me I’m not…

Speak Life

There, I said it. Air silenced by the slicing sting of words. Backed up words I wanted to say but hadn’t. Angry words spoken from a place of hurt. Words that wound. In response to scripture that says I am accountable for every idle word, I joke, “I am going to be before the Lord a lonnnng time.” My tongue can be a sharp sword and it’s by far my greatest sin struggle. I make light of it when what…

Love Lingers

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10:41 Who doesn’t love a party? It was an important day – this man of God, the one everyone talked about was coming to their house. Important religious leaders and community people were expected as well. Many people and much preparation. The…

A Tiny House Building Moment: The Wait – by Guest Blogger, Cathy Baker

Did you ever have a friend you couldn’t wait to introduce? Someone you are so proud of you want everyone to know them? Cathy Baker is one of those people for me. I was first introduced to Cathy by a mutual friend. We talked informally via e-mail and social media, connected in person at a writing conference and progressed to phone calls where we shared our hearts and lives. Cathy is one of those people who isn’t afraid to share…

Perfect Peace

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 Trust in the Lord the eternal Rock - the rock that never moves. He levels and makes paths straight. As I seek and trust, He fills me with His peace. Peace that passes understanding. Peace that cannot be shaken. Steadfast. Secure. I will believe and not be anxious. The Lord God is my strength and song. He is my salvation. Turn from…

All Things

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 This was my go-to verse, the one I repeated over and over when my son was small. Repeated through the not knowing. Repeated through doctor appointments, therapies and surgeries. Repeated through medical bills and not enough. Repeated through diagnosis. “I can do all things.” A twenty year old new mom and a medically fragile baby. He came home on a heart monitor with his first surgery scheduled. Doctors…