Love That Won’t Let Go

Abba What would it be like to have someone love you forever–regardless of the way you look or act, despite disagreements and difficulties that arise? How would it feel to know you will never be abandoned or cast aside for a “newer model?” How would life be if you knew the person who loved you would always be there for you, encouraging and challenging you to become the best God created you to be? Some […]

Anticipating the Surprises!

  Remember the breathless excitement of being a child on Christmas Eve, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Christmas morning–the wonderful smell of pine, the magical twinkling lights, angelic sounds of Christmas carols, and oh my, the beautiful presents under the tree–some for me, some for thee! Some people grow up and lose that child-like anticipation and awe, but not me! As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is turned into leftovers, I trade the sophistication of […]

Immanuel’s Priceless Gift

“One raw winter night a man heard an irregular thumping sound against the kitchen storm door. He went to a window and watched as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the evident warmth inside, beat in vain against the glass. Touched, the farmer bundled up and trudged through the fresh snow to open the barn for the struggling birds. He turned on the lights, tossed some hay in the corner, and sprinkled a trail of saltine […]

Love Letters from the Heart Mender

For those whose hearts are hurting, Valentine’s Day is hard. Instead of candy, hearts, and flowers, they are left with scars of a broken relationship and a bitter, disillusioned spirit. Their dreams have died just like a wilted and dried up bouquet. Perhaps in some cases, the “V” word stands for victim–those who are stuck in the time warp of their own pain and misery, refusing to let go of the past, rehashing all the […]

Why do we label people?

Why do we label people? While having dinner with a friend, she referred to people by using labels instead of names. She talked about the “tall, heavy set” man at church, the “black” woman at the market, and the “fat” woman at work. Why do we talk like that? How many times have you heard a Caucasian person referred to as “that white woman?” Very rarely, I suspect. Yet we talk about people of other […]

Are You Afraid of Failure?

  How does it feel to fail? You know all too well, don’t you—the sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach when you didn’t live up to your own or someone else’s expectations. You feel foolish and incompetent, discouraged and defeated. Cruel laughter and smug remarks from people who have no confidence in you ring in your ears and drown out the encouragement of well-meaning friends. You can see it in their eyes—an expression […]

My Life is a Love Story

My life is a love story–not your typical love story where the guy and the gal live happily ever after. In fact, I spent 20 years in an abusive marriage which was further complicated by discovering my husband was accused of molesting several young boys during the course of our marriage. After the divorce, I struggled as a single parent to support myself and my son. We came very close to being homeless, but God […]

Kindness of God

“The faithfulness of God may be obscured, but we cannot be rid of it; His gifts may evoke no gratitude, but they will not be withdrawn; His goodness will bring under judgment those who withstand it, but it is His goodness nonetheless.” –Karl Barth That describes the God I know today, not the God I was taught about when I was a child. I still hear versions of that lie today that says God’s blessings […]

Word of Life

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and […]