Tears for Love

“A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4.

Eighteen years ago my family added an addition to our household.  My eldest daughter was two and a half when my sister’s cat had kittens.  She wanted one so bad and at the time the new Disney movie out was Tarzan.  One of the key characters in the move was Tantor, the elephant, and she loved that character so when it came time to name her new kitten she chose Tantore (spelled differently because of a mistake, that ended up just lasting).  Continue Reading »

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” ~ Psalm 19:1.

There is such beauty in our world because it was created by the Almighty Creator.  He took time to make sure everything was designed with order so that it could increase.  So often people become complacent to the things and/or people around them.  I have been guilty of just walking on by because I have a task to do or a deadline to keep. Continue Reading »

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” ~ Luke 15:4

I was involved with the church choir, singing duets, and solos when I was a teenager but took a long break from singing in public.  I didn’t understand how important it was for me to sing until I was given the opportunity at our church, twenty years after the last time I sang publicly.  I have been singing on our worship team for a couple of years and there have been times when I had no voice unable to sing.  Being a part of the team, at first, was nerve racking because singing a hymnal song is quite different than singing on a worship team.  I felt way out of my comfort zone.

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Well Done!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up” Hebrews 12:1-3. Continue Reading »

He prowls!

“Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith” ~ I Peter 5:8-9.

The devil will attack anywhere, even through the tiniest crack.  He prowls with intent to devour.  He doesn’t want to distract you for a second or give you a boo-boo that needs a band-aid.  He wants to kill, steal, and destroy.  Satan is sneaky, deceitful, bitter, and aggressive.  His desire is to attack until there is nothing left. Continue Reading »

Healing Hands

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“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'” ~Exodus 15:26

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He knew the way.

“And you know the way where I am going” ~John 14:4.

A month ago I drove down to Las Cruces, New Mexico to take my National Board Exam.  For years I have had major test anxiety.  I had absolutely no problems with classwork, writing 1500 word papers, or answering weekly questions but the minute I saw a quiz or test my chest would constrict and I would have trouble breathing.  This has been my lot in life from a little child til very recently.  Continue Reading »