When Peace Is Missing

February 17, 2015

No matter what is happening around us, we can rest in God.

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8, NLT).

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3, NLT). Read more

The Perfect Valentine

February 10, 2015

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We love to give Valentines to each other at this time of year. But someone gave us the best one of all–the perfect Valentine. And He’s the source of all Love.

The Perfect Valentine:

A Personal Valentine from God

I Love You and Will Always Care for You

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3 Ways to Increase Your Joy in Life

February 3, 2015

3 Ways to Increase Your Joy in Life

We all want to get the most out of life. But discontentment can seep into the most positive personality in subtle ways. Here are three ways to destroy the three W’s of life (Wishing, Worrying, Wasting) and increase your joy in life: Read more

How Do You Measure Success?

January 13, 2015

How Do You Measure Success

A mom may gauge success more by her kids’ accomplishments, rather than her own–even their behavior, and her effectiveness in influencing them.

The salesperson tends to measure success by the number of sales, the size of commission or bonus, his promotion–or lack of it–and his effectiveness in producing results.

The writer often sees success in the size of her advance, in how many books she writes and the number of readers who buy them, the total number of book sales and its placement on the charts, and in the number of her blog followers and Facebook friends.

The preacher might evaluate success by the size and spiritual growth of his congregation, the number of converts and baptisms each year, and the absence of conflict among his congregation.

What’s Wrong With That?

Different folks, but same philosophy: equating success with results. It’s the nature of life. Is there anything wrong with that? Read more

A Christmas Blessing You Won’t Forget

December 16, 2014

Glen A Christmas Blessing You Won't Forgetpatted the wallet in his back pocket. He had landed a job after school as grocery checker at Fergeson’s Super Market and had just cashed his first paycheck. In two weeks, he would be able to make the down payment for that 1985 Chevrolet at Bud’s used car lot. A bicycle was fine for kids. But Glen was tired of the guys teasing him at school. Read more

One Way You Can Make a Difference This Christmas

December 2, 2014

One Way You Can Make a Difference This ChristmasIt’s the season for giving, but how can you make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas? Here’s one of the  best ways I know to  truly make a difference: Read more

Eight Unexpected Blessings from God

November 25, 2014

Eight Unexpected Blessings from GodMost of us remember to count our usual blessings from God, especially at times like Thanksgiving. But here are at least eight unexpected blessings we could overlook. You could probably list even more. Let me explain: Read more

Finding Hope in God’s Faithfulness

November 4, 2014

Finding Hope in God's Faithfulness

It’s easy to lose hope and to form our own conclusions about life when we look at our circumstances. But that’s not always an accurate picture. A better way is to look up. Examine the track record of God’s faithfulness. It’s flawless, just like Him. Read more

Fiction Book Review – Susan May Warren

October 28, 2014

Fiction Book Review - Susan May WarrenReading Susan May Warren’s books is like reading a painting by a skilled  artist. She creates colorful word pictures, memorable plots, and feisty characters that draw you in until the end. I discovered her books a couple of years ago, and she quickly became one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. I was quickly hooked on her stories. Her newest books are part of the Christiansen Family series. When I Fall in Love is the most recent; Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You are the other two so far in the series. Read more

Book Giveaway: Mornings with Jesus 2015

October 21, 2014

Book Giveaway for Mornings with Jesus 2015It’s time for another book drawing giveaway. This time, I’m featuring Guideposts‘ new devotional book, Mornings with Jesus 2015. Eleven writers helped write this new devotional, and this is the third year I’ve been privileged to join that writing team. Every time I study and learn more about Jesus, and every year I experience more of His love and grace, He grows more precious to me. Here’s an excerpt from one of the devotions I contributed to this book: Read more

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