Monthly archive for ‘ August, 2011 ’

People of Influence

17th August 2011 | 1 Comment

It is a natural tendency  to want to influence others, to make a difference, to leave a legacy. When we become believers, the Spirit works in our lives giving us the desire to influence others for His glory.   As we find our joy in Him, we are compelled to direct others to our Source of […]

Could You Just Show Me Chapter and Verse?

16th August 2011 | 1 Comment

If you have read my “pray” page recently, then you know that I received an offer of a publishing contract on my book last month. Having been prompted by the Spirit to publish my work, this is something I have been pursuing for several months through various avenues. But I’ll admit I was still surprised […]

The Stewardship of Pain

15th August 2011 | 2 Comments

Often when we discuss stewardship, we are referring to finances. But I have become increasingly aware of my stewardship in areas that reach far beyond money. One concept that Mary Beth Chapman expressed so clearly in her book, Choosing to See,  is that suffering is a God-given stewardship. I have been entrusted with this path […]


14th August 2011 | 2 Comments

Marshall, my 13 year old thinker, made an interesting comment about light and reflection. “You know, I’ve figured out that reflection isn’t just what we see in a mirror. It is what light does. We see things because light reflects off of them.” Interesting observation. It really made me think, not just of the physical […]

CPR for the Soul

11th August 2011 | 2 Comments

Today has been one of those days when I have been tempted by Satan’s lie that God is not really going to be enough and perhaps I should work on some arrangements of my own. We started a new school year and I am already overwhelmed. Classes, children, meals, dishes, clean clothes, homework–theirs and mine, […]

Overlooked Gifts

10th August 2011 | 0 Comments

The old adage reminds us, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” In other words, it isn’t polite to question the value of a gift. But we do this all the time when it comes to the Great Giver of all things. As a matter of fact, I often find in my own life, […]

Even When I Don’t Get It

9th August 2011 | 0 Comments

Lots of things in life, I just don’t get.  How God’s sovereignty is at work in our circumstances regardless of all contrary evidence. How is it that God can use evil to work good? How is it that God can use pain to bring about joy? How is it that God can give and take […]

The Burden of Light

7th August 2011 | 0 Comments

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest…For my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give you is light.” I can identify with some of Jesus’ hearers–so desperate to live in the light of God’s promises, yet so down trodden […]

A Time to Keep

4th August 2011 | 0 Comments

Last night in Bible study we read the verses in Ecclesiastes 3 about everything having a season and a time. Many people might think this is my time to grieve, and in some ways it is. But when I read that passage, I really felt like this is my “Time to Keep.” This thought struck […]

The One Who Helps Me

3rd August 2011 | 1 Comment

A few years ago, my sister Dar Gail gave me an index card with the following verses:”Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…for I the Lord your God hold your […]