Monday, December 19, 2011


This month you may go to the following web site and read a devotional a day for the entire month. May God bless you and have a Blessed Christmas and New Year.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Genesis 1:10 (NAS)
And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

It's that time of the year again we go hustling and bustling around trying to do everything at once. Shopping, cleaning, Christmas cards, and the lists go on. We find ourselves running so fast it leaves us breathless.

I was thinking about that this morning. Breathless........ It brought other thoughts to mind. I went on a camping trip with a friend many years ago. We headed north towards Nelson, BC. As we climbed the mountains I leaned my head back and marveled at the sight. It seemed like the mountains reached to the heavens. Majestic, standing so tall, covered with pine trees. It was, in a sense, breathless.

My mother and I took a trip along the Washington coast one day. We stopped and got out of the car at one of the roadside rests. The ocean looked like glass in the distance as small waves crashed on shore. There was silence except for the waves. Driftwood lay along the beach. A picture of tranquility. Breathless.

Still on another trip to Riudoso, NM my husband and I sat on the front porch and listened as the wind blew through the tall pines. Occasionally a squirel scurried from tree to tree looking for pine nuts. It was so quiet except for a bird now and then calling for his mate. Breathless.

I thought about Mary and Joseph when Jesus was born. Holding her tiny baby in her arms and knowing He was God's son, she must have felt breathless.

I feel breathless at times knowing I am a child of God. He loves me and forgives my sins. By grace through faith I am saved. Praise God.

Dear Father thank you for Your precious Son Jesus who was born and then died for my sins. Thank you for Your sacrifice. I am breathless. Amen.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Genesis 1: 14 (NAS)
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.

It's that time of the year again. Holidays and more holidays. It starts with harvest festivals, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then New Years. One big party after another. The scurrying here and there, buying gifts, putting gifts on lay away, decorating, and it goes on and on.

I think it's time we slow down and reflect on what is the true meaning of why we have holidays. In the beginning there was God and God alone. He created the earth, stars, planets, moon, trees, lakes, oceans, and whew, man and woman!

I'd like to think with a clap of His hands the heavens exploded into tiny particals to become the stars throughout the universe. Sort of like the big bang theory! Endless. With His hands He molded the planet we call earth into a big ball and spoke the words for trees, flowers, birds, animals, lakes, and oceans. When He was finished He sat back and marveled at His work. So beautiful was His workmanship that He wanted someone there to share the beauty with. Therefore He created man, and woman for the man.

Remember I said I'd like to think this is the way it happened but we know from the Bible that He spoke and it was. We know also that He created man from dust and woman from the rib of the man.

To complete His work He promised a savior, the Messiah. The Messiah, Jesus, will come to save each one of us from our sin. That we must keep vigil and watch for His coming.

I think at times I've been caught up in the hipe of television, ads in the media, and the stores wanting to get the jump on the holidays. It seems to start earlier and earlier each year. We've pushed aside the true meaning of the holidays.

Harvest fest was a time of getting together after the farmers brought their crops in. Work had been completed, they were ready for the winter. The pilgrims were grateful to God for seeing them through their first winter in America. They celebrated together with the friendly Indians and had a feast. Christmas, Christ's birth. Fulfilling the promise God made to His people. The Messiah. And then New Years. A new beginning. Make promises to yourself and others on how you were going to make this next year a better one.

What all of this means is that God gave us our beautiful world to live in. The stars, moon, trees, flowers, etc., and His son. His son that would die on the cross for our sins and then rise again. A promise that He would return and take His children to reign on high with Him. Praise God.

Thank you Lord for all the stars in the heavens, the moon and planets to marvel at when I look into the sky. But most of all thank you for Your son, Jesus, who died for me and the promise of His return. Thank you. Amen.

Friday, November 18, 2011

His Time Is Near

Song Of Solomon 2:8 (NAS)
Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, climbing on the mountains, leaping on the hills!

I opened my Bible this morning and this is where it lay. At one time I highlighted this verse. The book of Solomon is a love song depicting the wooing and wedding of a shepherdess. But it also pictures Israel as God's bride and the Church as the bride of Christ.

As I read it I thought of what was going on in the world today. Listen.....everyone who can hear. God is calling you to take head. Listen to your heart as He speaks to you. Listen to the warnings that are written in His Word of all that will happen before Jesus return.

My Beloved. You are His beloved. He created you. He wants to have fellowship with you. He loves you pure and simple. It doesn't get any plainer than this.

Behold, he is coming. It is written in His Word Jesus was born, died on the cross, and will come again to take His children home. Home to reign with Him on high.

Climbing on the mountains. He is waiting for you to accept Him. He knocks, speaks to your heart, and waits for you to respond. Do not wait too long.

Leaping on the hills. He rejoices and the angels sing with resounding song when you accept His love. He waits with great anticipation to be able to talk with you, to sing with you, and to guide you throughout your daily journey. Let Him direct you. You cannot do it alone. He never wanted you to do it on your own. He is your sheild, protector, comforter.

Heavenly Father I come to you today and ask you to guide each one of us as we go through the day. Keep our eyes on You. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Hebrews 11:34 (NAS)
From weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Our seventeen year old granddaughter came for a visit recently. Because of military moves they haven't lived close to us to be able to establish a relationship. From all accounts she is a very good girl, polite, helpful, but very shy. Almost to the point of wanting to hide from people, not wanting to say anything in case she offends someone.

In a lot of ways she reminds me of myself at that age. I never raised my hand in class, even if I knew the answer to the question. I didn't want to draw attention to me. I ran away, not wanting any confrontations.

I took speech in my junior year and when it was my turn to get up in front of the class my hands got sweaty. I wobbled down the isle to the front of the class, all the while I could feel my face starting to turn red. I turned, looked at my classmates, and started to talk, but all that was audible was small squeeks and whispers. Then I told a joke I heard my mother tell one of her friends and I ran for my seat in the back of the class. No one laughed. I never wanted to do that again in my life.

When it was time for me to find a summer job I made my girlfriend go with me to all the stores to fill out the applications. I was terrified I would say the wrong things and get laughed at.

I'm not going to say I outgrew being shy because I still would rather sit in the back of a group. The only thing different now is that I have someone I can go to for strength and support. He never leaves me.

He is my Savior Christ Jesus. I gave my life to Him when I was sixteen but through my growning up years I did my own thing. Oh I said my prayers, gave thanks, and went through the motions. Not until I went through a nasty divorce did I realize how much strength I had, and how many times Jesus held me in His arms keeping me safe.

Every day is a struggle even though Jesus is in my life. The evil one will never leave me alone. The only difference now is that through Jesus I can fight the temptations that come my way.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for Your Son Jesus who never leaves me. Amen.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Ecclesiastes 12:5 (NAS)
For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.

While shopping at a craft store my friend and I came across home made signs saying "Home Sweet Home" and "Home Is Where The Heart Is". There were other cutsie signs with similiar sayings leaving one to believe home is where one can feel safe and loved.

In these troubled times not every home is safe or does one feel loved. It can be a lonley place, a place of violence, or alcohol abuse. There are children coming home every day to an empty home because both parents are at work and they cannot afford a baby sitter. So the child lets himself in and sits in front of the television, does his homework, or plays with his gameboy.

Perhaps the child goes home to parents that are out of work, angry with each other, taking it out on the child, or even each other. There are angry words said in haste. Hurting words that once said cannot ever be retracted. The child retreats to his room and closes the door sitting in silence.

We've watched television shows where family life is all rosy and everyone helps each other with their problems. In the end everyone is hugging and happy. We all know real life is not like that.

There are trials in each of our lives. It's how we react to those trials that makes us a stronger person. Without God's guidance and love we cannot face the adversity that the evil one throws our way.

When my life feels out of control and I know Satan is attacking me, or my family, I go straight away to God in prayer. When I am through I have a peace about me. I feel like I can do or say what I need and know that it is only with God's help. With Him I can endure anything. With God I have an eternal home that I look forward to. No more sorrow, crying, or fighting. To live with Him for all eternity. Praise God.

Most Gracious Father thank you for being there for me, Your daughter. Thank you for Your love and mercy. Amen.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Daniel 1:17 (NAS)
And as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and widsom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams.

My title should probably read I had a dream. We all dream, some are more real than others. Most of our dreams we forget as soon as we get up in the morning. But then there are the ones that we remember and can't shake, or get out of our minds.

I had one such dream recently. I'd been to a writer's conference and when I returned home I was all pumped up and ready to write. One conference leader spoke right to me. I know she did, I even think she'd been hiding in my house watching me.

Anyway, I tucked away all the information that seeped into my brain and walked around with tiny bits bouncing to the front of my mind. I went to bed thinking of all this stuff. During the night I dreamed I received a check for five thousand dollars for a book I wrote plus another check, I still don't know what that one was for.

You can imagine how I felt the next morning. I got money for a story I wrote! Now I need to work on that story and finish it. Yes, it's in the process but now I need to bring it to completion.

My story and the check I dreamed about, I believe, is God's way of telling me I have great things planned for you. Follow me, I will never leave you. I will guide you. Keep your eyes upon Me.

Gracious Heavenly Father for never leaving me. Guide me as I write Your words. Amen.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Malachi 3:17 (NAS)
And they will be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I prepare My own possession and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.

My family has watched National Treasure about six times now. Each time we get just as excited as the first time when they find the buried treasure.

Then there are the pirate movies searching for ships to plunder and send to the bottom of the ocean. Everyone is searching for treasure to make them wealthy.

I have certain things my mother and grandmother gave me long ago I consider my treasures. They are precious to me because they were given by loved ones.

God says we are His treasures. He made us, knows us inside out, and loves us unconditionally. He longs for quiet fellowship with us. He wants to hear what is troubling us, our longings, and fears. Just like your earthly father God desires companionship with you.

Our earthly treasures are trivial but God's treasures are precious. We are valued and costly in God sight.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for letting me be Your treasure. Amen.

Friday, August 5, 2011


James 4:3 (NAS)
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

"Please God just this once. I really need this need now. I won't ask again." How many times have we voiced this prayer? We meant it at the time. We forget and then when the situation arises again we find ourselves asking God again, and again. Somehow the cycle doesn't stop.

I am just as guilty as anyone else. I back myself into a corner and when I find no way out I'm asking God for help. He has helped me but somehow I don't learn and too quickly I'm in the same corner again, asking for help. Will I ever learn?

Our God is always there but at some time or other He wants us to learn from our mistakes. We want our children to learn from their mistakes by telling them over and over to learn from your mistakes. But are we learning from ours? Sometimes I don't think I am.

God wants us to have an abundant life. A life with Him. In communion with Him. He gives us so much and like greedy children we ask for more and more. Our children are spoiled and expect us to keep giving and giving. We too are like that with our Heavenly Father.

He wants us to learn from our mishandling of time, money, friendships, and the list goes on. He is always there waiting for us to confess our sins and ask Him for help in overcoming. All we have to do is ask.

Dear Heavenly Father please forgive me for thinking I can handle my everyday life by myself. I cannot. I can do nothing without You. Amen.

Monday, August 1, 2011


I Corinthians 7:5 (NAS)
Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again lest Satan tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

There are days when I feel the need to coin the phrase by Joan Rivers. Can we talk? I have to make myself take the time to sit down and have a heart to heart with God. The busyness of the day grips me and it is evening before I realize I didn't take time to commune with my Lord.

Like most of us I go throughout the day and talk with God. You know what I'm talking about. "Lord don't let that driver pull out in front of me." Or "Lord give me one more minute to finish this and I'll sit down with You."

He wants His time with us. Our complete self, not just a passing moment to say our prayers, which I might add become automatic sometimes. Again you know what I'm talking about. Lead me through this day, watch over my children, guide my husband in his decisions, and oh yes Lord, we need rain. Amen.

No, God wants us to take TIME for Him. Open our Bible, let Him lead us to the scripture He has for us for that day. Sit and chat openly with Him. He wants to hear how we feel, what we are going through. He already knows but He wants to hear it from us. Talk to Him like you would your closest friend. Your hurts are important to Him. We are His children. Do you not love your own children and want the best for them? God is your Father and He wants what is best for you.

Yes, we discipline our children, and God is not different. When He disciplines us it is to bring us closer to Him. Our God is a loving Father who wants to have time with our complete self.

Matthew 21:22 says "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive."

This doesn't mean you need to ask to win the lottery. What it does mean is that God wants us to live a full and abundant life, and above all take time for Him.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for Your love and always being there for me. Forgive me for not taking time to be with You. I need You in my life as I cannot do anything without You. Amen.

Friday, July 15, 2011


Micah 3: 1-2 (NAS)
Hear now, heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know justice? You who hate good and love evil.

This morning I was flipping the pages of my Bible asking God to lead me to His passage. What do You want me to take away this morning? Then in the back ground I heard the President speaking. They came to a decision over the debt of our great nation.

I've watched only a small portion on the pull of control between the two parties. I'm probably not a good one to give much of an opinion. But what I have noticed is that here are two parties that are supposed to be governing our country that are acting like little boys in a sand box. No one wants to give an inch.

The scare tactics they've projected on the elderly, uninsured, and the low income that are working hard every day trying to make ends meet. Like they've set themselves up as judge and jury. They want to take every penny but not give up a cent of their own.

Our country was founded on the Bible, helping others, bonding together, and praising God. Asking Him to guide us in all we do. We've strayed from those principles.

Micah 4: 7 says "I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcasts a strong nation, and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on and forever.

I believe that we must keep our eyes fixed upon the Lord. Open our hearts to what He is telling us. To stay focused on His Word daily.

Heavenly Father guide me every day of my life. Lead me through Your word and may I make it a path to follow. Amen.

Monday, July 11, 2011


1 Peter 4: 12
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.

While dusting the top of my bookcase I ran across the pocket Bible I used to carry in my purse. For about four years I lived a turbulent life and sought refuge in the words my God gave me.

For fourteen years my children and I endured physical and mental abuse. When I decided I could not take it any longer I filed for divorce. I struggled because I knew God did not like divorce. I didn't want to go against Him. When I came to terms with leaving I knew in my heart it was the right decision. I felt at peace with what I was about to do.

After I filed the abuse got worse. That was the worst beating I had ever had. I cried out. "Why me? What did I do so wrong for all this to happen?" In my most darkest moment I opened God's Word. He lift and filled me with His strength and love.

Like the fishermen in open sea, I knew it was better to be in the storm with Christ than in smooth water without Him.

My little Bible is so dogeared and high lighted, but when I turn the pages it takes me back to that time in my life. The lowest time in my life I depended on God's Words to sustain me. I can still feel the warmth of His arms around me.

I will always need His Word to guide me throughout my days. I hunger for His arms to hold me and comfort me. I long to hear Him whisper His words of affection. Through my trials I am strengthened with God's never ending love.

Gracious Father thank you for Your Word and Your love. Amen.


Psalm 5 (NAS)

I've been so busy doing for everyone, not taking time to talk, really talk and communicate with my Precious Lord God. While looking for that certain verse or chapter in the Bible this morning my fingers fell to Psalms. I like Psalms. It is praise and worship to God our Father. It is David's cry asking questions like we do.

Verse 1: Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my groaning. Yes Lord hear my words as I plead for Your forgiveness. For putting my life before You. I have been feeling rushed, can't get anything done, and always so tired. Telling myself I'll open my Bible later when I have time.

Verse 2: Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God. Lord I cry out in deep despair and ask You for Your help. Pull me up from this pit I feel like I'm standing in. I want to stand tall and proclaim Your Word.

Verse 3: In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch. Yes Lord I will bow before you and ask You to lead me throughout my day. To guide me in all I do and say. And I know that You will be with me in all of my challenges.

Verse 4: For Thou art not a God who take pleasure in wickendness; no evil dwells with Thee. Your Word tells me You are a loving Father and do not like to punish. But like any Father when I need a swat on the backside You are there to give it in a loving way. Like I told my children, "Just to get their attention." In the same way I need that swat to get my attention.

Verse 5: The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; thou dost hate all who do iniquity. I know I get pridefull sometimes and have to be reminded that I cannot do any thing without You. I need reminding You lead me, not me taking the lead.

Verse 6: Thou dost destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. When those around me talk of others to make themselves look better I know God cringes. I feel uncomfortable and am reminded that God will punish that person. I need to pray for them.

Verse 7: But as for me, by Thine abundant lovingkindness I will enter Thy house, at Thy holy temple I will bow in reverence for Thee. I know I am a sinner but through Christ Jesus sacrifice I am saved. He did it for me. And He did it for everyone.

Verse 8: O Lord, Lead me in Thy righteousness because of my foes: make Thy way straight before me. May I never take my eyes off You and Your path for me.

Verse 9: There is nothing reliable in what they say; their inward part is destruction itself, their throat is an open grave, they flatter with their tongue. May I always rely on Your Word to keep me on the right path.

Verse 10: Hold them guilty, O God; by their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out. For they are rebellious against Thee. You are a just God. You and You alone let us make our own decisions. You give us more than one time to make our choice to follow You or go our own way.

Verse 11: But let all who take refuge in Thee be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and mayest Thou shelter them, that those who love Thy name may exult in Thee. We give praise and all honor to You our Heavenly Father. You rein from above. I lift my eyes to the heavens and praise Your Holy Name. Abba Father.

Verse 12: For it is Thou who dost bless the righteous man, O Lord. Thou dost surround him with favor as with a shield. You shower me with blessings every day of my life. I am rich and secure with Your love surrounding me. I am not worthy of all You have done for me.

Most Gracious Heavenly Father forgive me for letting my life get so full of everyday things. For not taking the time I need to be in complete and wholeheart communication with you. Thank you for Your love and guidance. In Jesus Name Amen.

Friday, July 1, 2011


1 Peter 2:5
You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

I was at a Gideon meeting with my husband a few months ago and they were talking about God, our rock. As I listened to the verses that were quoted it made me stop and think about my life. The times I've blundered about thinking I was going to do things on my own only to find out I needed to lean on God to help me through.

Our children sing a song about building your house upon the rock. It will always stand firm. God is that rock. He is always there to listen to your needs, wants, and most of all, your praise.

God is my rock, He is my shield, and protector. 2 Samuel 22 says The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. I've thought about the times I got up, went about my daily grind, and didn't take time to talk to God first. Oh things went alright, but I could feel something was amiss. Like there was a burden laying on my shoulders. A voice tugging at my side saying. "Come to me. Talk with me, walk with me, and I will give you peace throughout the day."

As soon as I sit down, open my Bible, and talk with God a feeling of elation fills my body.

Gracious Heavenly Father You are my rock and my Redeemer. Forgive me when I start my day out with out You. Lead and guide me always. Amen.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Ecclesiastes 3:17 NAS
God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man for a time for every matter and for every deed is there.

The other day as I was sitting in the car waiting for my grandson's gymnastics class to finish I watched as a woman walked in front of me. Her hair was pinned on top of her head with stringy wisps blowing about her face. A dirty dress with a torn thin sweater covered her body and a large shopping bag hung on her shoulder.

I watched her as she went to the end of the building and disappeared around the corner. In the back of my mind I thought what is that kind of woman doing in this neighborhood? Before I could react to that statement I was hit with the realization I just judged that lady. What do I really know about her?

How many times have you done the same thing without realizing that you were judge and jury of someone? We do not know what is going on in another person's life. If we would think about it each one of us is guilty of keeping things to ourselves. We do not want to burden others with our problems. So we let our problems grow and grow until they are out of control.

Perhaps that person lost his job, his house, then his family. He has been beaten down by life and doesn't know how to pull himself up and go on. A kind word, a prayer, or even a simple phrase in passing such as "how are you today" would mean everything to them. To them it may mean someone cares.

Those that have a church home and family share their concerns, needs, and pray together. But there are a lot of people that do not have that. They are the ones wandering, looking, and missing the love of Jesus. We, I, am to share His love by that kind word or deed.

Dear Father guide me each day to utter a kind word or do something for a stranger that would make a difference in their life. To show Your love through me. Amen.


Matthew 13: 45-46 NAS
The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Years ago one of my sisters bought our mother a necklace of fine pearls. My sister told me that Mom often said she would like to have a set of pearls, so she saved her money for a long time in order to buy them. When Mom showed them to me I saw the light in her eyes as she ran her fingers across each pearl. Mom had never had such a finer piece of jewelry.

Recently I was watching television where they showed people diving for pearls, surfacing and diving once more to bring even more pearls to place in their buckets. They were opened and the tissues were searched. More than a ton were searched in order to find at least 3 to 4 quality pearls.

To God each one of us is a pearl of great value. Like the pearl, He shapes and molds us every time we are in His word.

In God's eyes we are not only beautiful on the outside but just as beautiful on the inside. I Peter 3:4 says let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

Remember each morning when you arise and each evening when you retire. You are a fine pearl.

Dear Father thank you for making me Your pearl. Amen.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Isiah 42:13 NAS
The Lord will go forth like a warrior. He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.

I've been working on a book about the Black Hawk War and had to look for information on the ship that carried the Sauk Fox Indians from Bad Axe, Wisconson to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. The ship's name was Warrior.

Warrior, war, fighting for a cause. Fighting to prove a point. Fighting just to be fighting. David, Samson, Saul, Joshua, Ahab, and Gideon were great warriors. David, a boy warrior who defeated the enemy. Gideon developed the guerilla warfare. Ahab was a warrior as well as a diplomat. Samson may have caused bedlam on occasions but he slew many Philistines.

We, as children of God, are to have the heart of a warrior. Fight the battle, spread His word. Marilyn McCoo has a song "Warrior For The Lord". A warrior for the Lord, march forward, fight the injustices in the world.

Be a prayer warrior, meaning pray without ceasing. Pray for the homeless, famines, pray for your neighbor, and the many disasters all over the world. Pray and keep praying.

Dear Heavenly Father comfort those that have lost their homes, their jobs, everything in the many tornados and floods recently. Give them strength to go on and look upward to You for their guidance. I pray these things in Jesus Holy Name. Amen.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Deuteronomy 31:12
Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, in order that they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.

Recently I spotted a church sign that said we are never through with Bible school. I thought about that for only a moment and had to agree. We are never through with Bible school, Sunday school, VBS, or dicipleship training.

When I was young I went to Sunday school and learned about Jonah and the whale, how Jesus fed many people, Jesus healing the sick, and the story of Noah and the big flood. The older I got the more in depth the stories were.

Now that I'm an adult I have found that there is more to the story. Not only did Noah and his family survive the flood, but he did so because he loved God and obeyed Him. God showed Noah His love for being righteous.

Jonah tried to run from God. After being thrown into the sea, swallowed by a whale, and finally praying to God to save him, he experienced God's love and saving grace.

When Jesus fed the five thousand a young boy gladly gave Him his lunch. He wasn't sure what Jesus could do with just five loaves of bread and two fish but he willingly gave it to Jesus. A miracle was performed that day by feeding everyone until they were full and the left over food filled twelve baskets.

God still performs miracles today. All one has to have is faith, faith and pray. Pray believing that your prayer will be answered. My God is a loving God who wants what is best for His children. We, you and I, are God's children. How blessed we are.

Dear Father in Heaven thank you for calling me Your child. Amen.


Numbers 14:18 NIV
The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.

As I type this verse it gives me cold chills. To think my God will punish my children's children because of my sins. I have heard this before, read it before, but really reading it now as I type it, brings home how severe my sins will effect my heirs.

Growing up I was a good child. Most of the time I did what I was told, picked up my clothes, vacuumed the house, watched my siblings, did my homework, and came home on time. Oh yes, I always told my mother where I was going. You say I led a very boring life, but I didn't think so. At least not then.

I married at a young age and started having babies right away. Don't get me wrong, I love my children, but sometimes I felt like I was chained to the everyday grind of spit up, throw up, diapers, cooking, and cleaning. At seventeen this was not what I had envisioned for myself.

My husband on the other hand went to work everyday, weekends he went fishing or hunting, and most of the time met his friends at the bar for a few drinks. For job purposes he'd say.

I'd day dream about going to a bar to meet girlfriends. I wondered what it would feel like. Hunting and fishing wasn't on my menu, although I did accompany my husband a couple of times.

After fourteen years of marriage we divorced. Now it was my turn to do what I wanted to do. I started meeting my friends at bars to dance and have a couple of drinks. This got old quickly.

I found out quickly drinking dulls your mind and limitations. The same people frequented the bars, always on the look out for something, not even knowing what they were looking for. This was not for me, not my lifestyle. I started going back to church and Sunday school. My life looked better.

I know my God is a loving God, I have confessed my sins, and repented from my wild bar days. They were wild to me anyway. I trust God, have faith, and pray my sins will not go to hard on my children and their children.

Dear Father in Heaven thank you. Thank you for being a loving God. Amen.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (NIV)

Not too long ago, while talking to my eight year old grandson, he told me they were going to have a play day at school. They were going to have water splash, eat pizza, have a roller coaster, just everything grandma.

I said "You're going to be out of school pretty soon, I guess this is the end of year party?"

His reply was, "Oh yes, grandma, then I'm going to the pool, Sea World, Six Flags, Schliterbahn, and then I'm going to Disney World at Christmas."

I couldn't help but chuckle. "You're going to have a busy summer."

"Yes grandma, I have a great life!"

How many times have we told ourselves we have a great life? We think about all our possessions, how much money is in our bank account, and the vacations we take. We are the spoiled children of God. We have a good life. Most of us have good health, loving spouses, a roof over our heads, money to pay our bills, and we have friends that are there to lift us up in prayer when we are down.

But how many think about our lives, really think about the lives that God gave us? He gave us life to follow Him. To share His word, and stand in glory with Him. Lead others to His wonderous love, everlasting life, mercy, and grace. God's grace. He loved us so much that He gave His only son to die for our lives. How much more can we do for Him. Spread the word. His word.

Dear Father in Heaven thank you for giving Your son for my sins and my life. I will forever be in Your debt. I will never be able to do enough for You. Thank you. Amen.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Deuteronomy 31:12
Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, in order that they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.

Recently I spotted a church sign that said we are never through with Bible school. I thought about that for only a moment and had to agree with the sign. We are never through with Bible school, Sunday school, VBS, or dicipleship training.

When I was young I went to Sunday school and learned about Jonah and the whale, how Jesus fed many people, Jesus healing the sick, and the story of Noah and the big flood. The older I got the more in depth the stories were.

Now that I'm an adult I have found that there is more to the story. Not only did Noah and his family survive the flood, but he did so because he loved God and obeyed Him. God showed Noah His love for being righteous.

Jonah tried to run from God. After being thrown into the sea, swallowed by a whale, and finally praying to God to save him, he experienced God's love and saving grace.

When Jesus fed the five thousand a young boy gladly gave Him his lunch. He wasn't sure what Jesus could do with just five loaves of bread and two fish but he willingly gave it to Jesus. A miracle was performed that day by feeding everyone until they were full and the left over food filled twelve baskets.

God still performs miracles today. All one has to have is faith, faith and pray. Pray believing that your prayer will be answered. My God is a loving God who wants what is best for His children. We, you and I, are God's children. How blessed we are.

Dear Father in Heaven thank you for calling me Your child. Amen.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


John 3:16 (NAS)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

As I sang this song in church last Sunday I reflected on the many ways God loves me. He loves me like any father would love his child. He disciplines me like my father did while growing up. Sometimes I got a swat on the bottom to get my attention. God doesn't swat me on my bottom but His ways bring me to my knees. I know when He has spoken.

My God gave me His Word, the Bible, so that I could have a daily guide. His answers to my questions are written on the pages I read and pray over. God's ultimate gift was His son dying on the cross for my sins. How much more can I give?

I confessed my sins and accepted Christ as my Savior. By grace through faith I believe in God's Word. I believe that what God says is the truth and I will reign in heaven with Him. I know my name is written in the Lamb's book.

Now besides the daily things He has given me like health, loving family, home, and friends I can look forward to living with Him forever and ever. That's how much He loves me.

Dear Father thank you for loving me so much You sent Your son to die on the cross for my sins. Amen.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Psalm 9:10(NKJV)
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

On Easter Sunday our two daughters came to church with their families. They don't do this often enough. My eight year old grandson sat on my one side and the five year old grandson sat on the other side. Usually the eight year old sits with his parents so this was a treat for me. It was the first time for my five year old.

During one song my eight year old ask me who were they singing about. Was it Ya Who Ya? I tried not to laugh at what he thought he heard and explained it was Yahweh. It was another word to describe Lord or Jesus.

Later in the service he asked another question, and then another. I said a silent prayer thanking God for speaking to my grandson's heart.

Several years ago I attended a ladies Bible study that focused on names of our Lord and what they meant. Jehoval-nissi, The Lord My Banner. Jehoval-jireh, The Lord will Provide. Elohim, Creator. El Elyon, The Most High God. Jehovah-shalom, The Lord is Peace. Jehovah-sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts. El Olam, The Everlast God. Jehovah-raah, The Lord My Shepherd. Jehovah-rapha, The Lord That Healeth.

My God is the great healer, the Lord of Lords, the great Creator, and He provides me with all I need.

Heavenly Father thank you for being my everything. Amen.


II Corinthians 1:24 (NAS)
Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm.

It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day things that go on in our lives. Before you know it we are out at the lake, on a picnic, or just sleeping in on Sunday morning. We tell ourselves just this once. I've been working hard all week, I'm tired, and even the excuse of I deserve a day for me.

Before you know it one time leads to two, then three, and it gets harder to break the cycle. You wake up one day and you can't remember the last day you attended church. You've even convinced yourself that God still loves you, He's not a bad God, you're not a bad person, and even the age old excuse the church is full of hypocrites anyway.

No our God is not a bad God, He is a loving God full of grace and mercy. But He is also a God that asks His people to stand fast in our faith. To praise and worship Him on the Sabbath. Prayer for each other gives strength to all. Together we can remain faithful until Christ's return.

Dear Father thank you for Your love. Forgive me when I fail You. Amen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Ruth 1:16 (NAS)
But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you, for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God."

I was with a group of writers a few weeks ago and someone told me they didn't feel comfortable changing their story to fit the audience. If they did then it wouldn't be their story. I asked her how did she feel about that and what was her heart telling her to do? Then I told I would follow my heart.

I had that same problem with one of my stories too. My story still lays in a box and it will stay there until I feel comfortable finishing it. When my heart tells me it is time.

Ruth followed her heart when she went with her mother-in-law. She knew this was the right choice, what God wanted her to do.

Similiar struggles pull on our hearts every day weather we realize it or not. You might say it's our conscience telling us to do something. A seed is planted then our subconscience takes over. Do we do this certain thing or do we let it go? A tug of war ensues.

A group of children are at play when one suggests they do some mischief. One child knows this isn't right but is afraid to say anything. Their heart or conscience starts to bother them, telling them no you shouldn't do this. There again another tug of war within.

The bottom line is follow what your heart is telling you. Some may say it's your conscience but I'd like to think God speaks to me through my heart. I know right from wrong, when someone needs a hug, a kind word, or even when to keep my mouth shut. God through His grace and spirit touches me and lets me know what to do. I like to think it's through my heart.

Heavenly Father thank you for letting me know when You are with me guiding me, through my heart. Amen.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Genesis 15:15 (NAS)
And as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.

Hello Lord. Here I am again. Yes today is one of my old days again. You know what I mean. Not that I'm feeling old, but I guess what I'm trying to say is, I feel over whelmed today. I want to slow things down so I can get more things done. Give me more hours in the day maybe.

I get up early enough, make the bed, start a load of laundry, feed the dogs, and the day begins. It's one thing then another, the phone rings taking up my time, time i set a side to do what I need to get done and what I so wished I could get done.

By noon I feel like I could take a nap, but know I must push forward. On to still another chore and then before you know it, it's time to fix dinner.

I know Lord I feel like I'm complaining again. I have so much to be thankful for. Why if it wasn't for my health I wouldn't be getting up each day to hear the birds sing or see the trees blowing in the wind. I'd miss the fragrant sweet smell of the roses by my front door. Much less be able to clean and cook for the day.

Lord I just miss being able to do things faster. You know like I used to be able to do when I was twenty or even thirty. You say it's my time to slow down and bask in Your glory. Reflect on my life and let You take my hand and lead me. You know that's hard Father. I'm still trying to stay in control. I forget that You are in control.

Thank you Father for reminding me that You are in control of my life. I pray that I call to mind each morning when I first get up and then continually throughout the day that You, oh Lord, are in control. I may not be able to take the steps two at a time but each step I take You are with me. Thank you Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Luke 21:10-11 (NAS)
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences, and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

I was sent an e-mail the other day asking me if I was ready for Jesus to return. They cited the current wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, terrorists, floods, tornados, hurricanes, and the list goes on.

Jesus said these things would all happen before His return. But He also said that the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

What He is saying is that we are to be faithful and have patience. We are to pursue righteousness and gentleness. As He has said all along treat your neighbors as you would treat yourself, always. Keep the ten commandments every day. Pray and seek God's guidance for your life. Help those that hunger, hunger for food and for God's message.

Yes, there have been more and frequent earthquakes, more floods and hurricanes than in the past. These will continue and be more frequent. There will always be wars and rumors of wars. This has been since the beginning of time, and it will continue until man can learn to live together and love each other. And that will be when Christ returns.

So the question still remains. Am I ready? Do I keep God's Commandments? Do I seek His guidance and keep Him first and foremost in my daily life? Am I in His Word daily? Are you?

Dear Heavenly Father that you for Your promise to return and take Your children home to live with You forever. Amen.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Jeremiah 15:18 NAS
Why has my pain been perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Wilt Thou indeed be to me like a deceptive stream with water that is unreliable?

This morning I received an e-mail from a dear friend I hadn't heard from in quite some time. She said she had been battling cancer in her foot but lost. The doctor amputated her leg up to the knee and she is now learning how to walk with her new leg.

I lost my brother to colon cancer eight years ago, his sweet wife last year to breast cancer, a girlfriend ten years ago to ovarian cancer, and another girlfriend two years ago to breast cancer. If I sat here long enough I could probably think of a few more but these have been close to my heart.

If each one of us thought about it you could think of people you know yourself that have had that dreaded disease or have been battling it. Cancer will eat away at your body until it finally wins.

The evil one is much like cancer. He will eat away at your heart, mind, body, and soul a little at a time until he has taken all of you. Weather it is from lying, stealing, cheating, murder, or pornography. Satan revels each time he captures another soul. He starts out small, maybe a little white lie, what will that hurt? Then another and another lie ensues. Or just a peek at the dirty book, no one will know. It could be money laying around and you think I'll put it back before they know it's gone.

The only true way to keep Satan from eating at you is ask God to keep you in His hands. To keep the evil one at bay. Find strength in the Lord through prayer and reading His Word. Ask for His guidance each day. He will never let you down. That doesn't mean you will never have problems or sickness but with God's guidance and grace you can go through life with renewed peace and reassurance.

Dear Father I pray for those who do not know Your love and grace. Please be with them as they fight with the evil one. Amen.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Psalm 69:6 NAS
May those who wait for Thee not be ashamed through me, O Lord God of hosts: May those who seek Thee not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel.

As a writer I tell other writers to show me what they are wanting to say, not tell me. It makes a better story to show someone, draw a picture, a scene, etc, rather than tell them what is going on. Sometimes I have to be reminded of that too.

As a Christian I also need to be aware that there are others watching how I live my life. God expects me to live as Christ lived his life.

I must guard my tongue against petty gossip and running down another person to make myself look better. As Jesus said I will come into temptation, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. I can only be an example by reading God's word every day and asking for His help.

I must guard my eyes against all idols and anything that is detestable in God's sight. I must restrain my feet from every evil way so that I may keep God's word.

I must use my hands to help others whether in crisis or not. To give a hug when needed or a pat on the back for a job well done. I must use my ears to listen to the pain and hurt of others.

And last, but not least, my heart needs to be like the heart of Jesus Christ. Love like He loves. Forgive like He does. Through Him all things are possible. You may not feel like you can do these things but when you ask Him for His help He is there. You can do all things through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Dear Father in Heaven please hear my prayer and give me a heart for others so that I may love like You. Amen.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Phillippians 1:23 NAS
But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.

Perhaps you've heard someone say that they are hard-pressed over a situation in their life. Maybe they've lost their job and they are in distress wondering where their next dollar is going to come from. How are they going to keep a roof over the family's head and food on the table?

We hear it more and more every day about the job situation, wars and rumors of wars all over the world. No wonder people are hard-pressed with depressing news coming at them from all angles.

Then there is the unsettling weather that is hitting all over our world. Earthquakes, floods, fires, and tornados in states that have had very few of them.
Pictures on the front page of the newspaper shows the devastation after a hurricane hits the shores of the coast.

Each of us live with this news and the pictures every day, but have you thought of your eternal life. This life is only fleeting. Our eternal life is forever. Like the scripture says I am also hard-pressed from both directions. I, like everyone else, want to see my children grown, marry, and have children. I want to be part of their lives everyday and forever, but in truth I know I cannot. I will not live forever here on earth like I am now. I know I will be with my Lord and Savior when I do die and live with him forever, even coming back with Him to reign on earth. I look forward to this.

So you see my dilemma I am hard-pressed wanting to stay here but wanting to be with Jesus. In His timing I will be with Him, but for now I will enjoy my life here on earth praising Him every day for all He has given me and what I know I will have when I join Him. Praise God.

Dear Father in Heaven thank you for the many blessings you give me every day. Blessings that I get to share. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NAS)
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

As a child in Sunday school I would sing this little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. I wasn't totally sure of what I was singing about except when I put my finger up to my face it represented a candle, and I would always let it shine. I wouldn't blow it out.

I read an article that had a quote from Billy Graham telling everyone that we are holding a light and though it may seem a twinkling candle, it is our business to let it shine. Don't let that candle go out.

God's Word, the Bible, is the light. Like a lighthouse, it's beacon warns you there are rocks ahead, so beware. Steer another course. The Bible is our guide when trouble arises God shows us the path we should take. His beacon is steering us in His direction. The truth, the light, the way to ever lasting life. Eternal life.

God's Word tells me I am to hold my candle, the Bible, in my hands and share it with the world. I will tell others what God has done for me. The many blessings He has given me and gives me each day. I'm not saying life is all rosy, that I don't have problems just like everyone else, but with problems I have God, who will be by my side through it all. Praise God.

Dear Father in Heaven thank you for being with me through everything. From my rising up to my laying down each day, thank you for holding me in the palm of Your Hands. Amen.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Psalm 118:17 (NAS)
I shall not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord.

I grew up going to Sunday school. Whatever church bus came by the house was the one that my mother put me on along with my brothers and sisters. When we got older I was allowed to make my own choices, which meant I went to church with my friends. Some Sundays I went to the Baptist church that was close by the house. Then other Sundays, when I got up early enough I walked the two miles and went to church at the Methodist church with my closest girlfriend. Did I really listen to what the pastor said or what his message said to me. I did not. It was my time to be with friends.

As I got older, married, and my children came along I did the same thing as my mother. Only I took my children to Sunday school and picked them up. I did not go. Sometimes I would go to church, but then again I didn't listen to the message. Really listen. It was a feel good time for me. By that, I mean, I felt good when I left the church.

Not until my later years did I start going to Sunday school. I listened as the teacher took the lesson apart and gave meaning to the Bible. To what God's message was to me. It seemed each lesson was directed to my life. What I was going through at that particular time.

I looked forward to learning more about God's Word. Taking each verse, disecting, reading more, and taking more classes with ladies Bible study. I learned not only am I supposed to study God's Word but I'm supposed to tell others about His love and mercy.

I had heard the words The Great Commission but I did not understand. This is God's commission for all of us. To tell others. Give the gift of a Bible to people who don't own one. Explain what God has done, that he sent His only son to die on the cross for all of our sins. All you have to do is confess your sins and accept Jesus into your heart. So easy. By grace I am God's daughter.

Dear Father thank you for Your grace, love, and mercy. Thank you for loving me so much that you gave Your son to die for my sins. Amen.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Psalm: 50:2 NAS
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth.

About thirty years ago I felt compelled to take up oil painting. The opportunity arose to where the lessons were within my budget so I jumped at the chance to study under an English lady that was diagnosed as blind. She was my mentor as she carefully guided my hands to paint what my eyes saw. Not what I thought other people saw. Trees are many different colors, not just green and brown. There is taupe, umber, beige for the tree and forest green, hunter green, and moss green for the leaves. Then there's the sea holding colors of cerulean, Prussian, and cobalt blue. These are only a few of the colors on an artist's pallet.

When I sat down to paint I'd let myself relax and then dip my paint brush in the paint then make my first stroke against the canvas. Then another stroke, and another. Mixing my paints to get just that right color until I finally had trees, mountains, and flowers. When I look around me I am amazed at the colors God has used to color His world. The world He gave me to live and worship Him in. The colors I used on canvas doesn't even measure up to what He has done.

With one stroke he colored the mighty,jagged tops of the Grand Tetons to the lush green Alleghaney's. His mighty rivers from the muddy Mississippi to the deep blue of the Columbia. Every delicate flower that dots the forest's floor to the barren deserts, the Lilly of the Valley to the majestic Saquaro cactus.

My God is awesome. He has done all this and yet He is gentle but firm to His creation of you and me. He loves me for who I am. I am His.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the beautiful world that You gave me to live in. I pray that others see what You have done and will praise You for it. Amen.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Deuteronomy 2:3 NAS
You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.

My husband and I love to take short trips when we have the time, but our schedules are so busy this doesn't happen very often. Usually we have no problem getting to where we want to go. We take out our trusty map and figure out the best highway to and from our destination. Now that we finally have our GPS it is even easier to find our way around.

I often wondered where I would have gone with my life if not for God's direction. There was a time when I forged ahead and made my own way. Stumbling as I went without direction. My attitude was I can do this without anyone's help. I was, and still am, very independent. It is hard for me to ask for help and only do so when I become frustrated with whatever it is I'm trying to do.

How much easier life became when I finally stopped and asked God to help me with my problems. That's not to say I don't have problems, there will always be problems. That's just a part of life. But what I'm saying is that it has gotten easier to ask for help. When I've become exhausted with a situation I make myself sit down, open my Bible, and let God lead me to the verse He wants me to read. The verse that pertains to my conundrum.

When I've done this my whole body feels a peace that envelopes my total being. I am at ease knowing that God has heard my cries and He will prevail. My trust is in Him.

Dear Father take my life and guide it in all I do and say. May my words glorify You and my actions exalt You. Amen.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


2 Peter 2:19 (NAS)
Promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

Addiction brings to mind the news story of Ted Williams. You've probably heard the story. He was standing along side the road with a sign saying he used to be a news caster but has been down on his luck. Someone put this on u-tube and the rest is history.

He has been the talk of all stations all across the United States. Offers of work have been pouring in. Fame has come all at once to a man that has been battling addictions for a number of years. He now has checked himself into rehab.

I think each of us can claim an addiction of some sort, whether we realize it or not. There are many addictions, food, alcohol, smoking, porn, biting our nails, and I could fill a page. You may know someone that thinks they are over weight so they exercise above and beyond what they need to do. That's an addiction.

An addiction is something that is always with you. An alcoholic may go for years without drinking but once he has taken that first drink he relapses. The same goes for food addition and smoking, etc.

There is one way to overcome your addictions. That is through Jesus. It is as simple as confessing your sins and asking Him to live within your hearts. He will be there always to guide you through your deepest despair. Through prayer you can talk directly to Jesus and tell Him what is on your heart. You can lean on Him and He will carry you no matter how big or small your trial is.

Dear Jesus please come into my heart today and guide me when I am down and felling low. Guide me to overcome my additions and problems. Amen.


Ezekiel 18:20 (NAS)
The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

This is a long verse but without all of it one does not get the true meaning. Each person is accountable for his own actions. What one does is entirely his own doing.

How many crime television programs have you watched that when the person was caught they professed it was not his or her fault. It was something his or her parents did or did not do for them that made them that way. The lawyers will argue this in their defence.

Newspapers reiterate the same problems. So and so was caught stealing or they beat someone up but it was because they missed something growing up. Throw the blame back on their parents for not bringing them up right.

Our Father in Heaven says we alone are accountable for our actions. We have a choice. My choice is to follow Him and let Him guide my life in all I do. To pray about everything seeking His guidance, His wisdom before I make a decision. He is always there waiting for me to reach out. In all His greatness, mercy, and love He shows me what I need and what I should be doing.

Dear Father please guide me in all things large and small. To You I give all the glory for my life. Guide my mouth to speak wisdom and truth. Guide my hands to reach out in love. Guide my feet to walk the straight path. To God be the glory. Amen.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Blessed Redeemer
Born of a virgin
God's only son

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Romans 12:6 NAS
And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly.

Everyday you see a short excerpt on the news how someone made a difference in someone elses life. A good samiaritian helps a homeless person by providing a job, a place to sleep, and a new outlook on life.

A wealthy person gives millions to help the food shortage in another country. Perhaps you've seen where someone lost all they had in a fire and people step up giving them a place to stay and things to help them start all over again.

I've often wondered if I have touched someones life. Did I make a difference in how they felt about Jesus? About life? Did they even know Jesus before I met them? The Bible says we all have gifts and we are to use them. What are my gifts? How do I use them?

I will probably never know if what I said, or did made a difference in someones life. But I'd like to think that just maybe, I did do something, to lead a person to accept Christ as their Savior. Whether I know it or not my Lord Jesus knows and that is all that counts.

Dear Father I pray that You give me the boldness and words to make a difference in all paths that I cross. Amen.


Colossians 3:5 NAS
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

I used to watch the soap operas on television in my younger days. The days before I found outside employment and I stayed at home with my small children. Each day found one person or another in a hot passionate embrace with someone other than their spouse. This became common place and has steadily gotten worse over the years. One form of passion you might say.

Now when you pick up a magazine, newspaper, and even on television they have advertisements asking you what is your passion. Passionate about painting pictures, drawing, reading, gardening, or even scrap booking. Other forms of passion.

Passion, taken from a flip dictionary, means adoration, amour, anger, appetite, ador, craving, craze, dedication, desire, devotion, distress, love, lust, obsession, and there are numerous other words to describe it.

My passion is for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I never knew how good it felt to be able to follow Him. To be able to praise Him for all He has does in my life and the lives of my family. I want to shout it to the highest mountain My God Reigns. He is awesome, an all knowing God, and full of grace. I cannot do enough for Him.

Colossians 3:2 tells us to set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Because you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Yes I'm passionate, passionate for Jesus.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for Your son Jesus. Amen.