Helps for Spiritual Warfare

September 30, 2015

Spiritual warfare can evoke a variety of responses in the lives of Christ followers. Unawareness of our enemy’s schemes, irrational fear of the term, “warfare,” or attributing too much power to our arch enemy, satan, can leave believers stranded, deceived, and defenseless.

Spiritual warefare is real, and it’s been around since the beginning of creation–far longer than when author Frank Peretti pushed it to the surface in the 80’s in his book, “Piercing the Darkness.”

How can we find confidence to battle our enemy? Where can we find the tools to fight, assured of protection and victory? Rather than expound on the weapons Jesus gives us, like our spiritual armor, our identity in Christ, the power of His name, and his Word through Scripture–and so much more–I’ve chosen today to offer you some helps and resources for handling spiritual warfare in your own life that will also include those weapons. Here are just a few of them:

A Prayer for Spiritual Warfare

At a loss for what to pray for spiritual warfare? I wrote a sample prayer for spiritual warfare on Crosswalk that might help you.

Spiritual warfare can evoke both positive and negative responses in the lives of Christ followers. A Prayer for Spiritual Warfare, along with other excellent resources can help us find confidence to battle our enemy.

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Four Deadly Habits That Can Paralyze Your Time and Energy

September 23, 2015

Foud Deadly Habits That Can Paralyze Your Time and Energy - What's the Solution?

Years ago when I was going through a difficult time, a counselor warned me about four deadly habits that can paralyze your time and energy.

She called them time wasters. But these four deadly habits are not only time wasters; they can also steal your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. They can render us useless, ineffective, and depressed. I can testify. Been there, done that.

What’s the solution?

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Bible Promise for Today – Direction for Tomorrow

September 15, 2015


Every day we face decisions. And depending on the seasons of our lives, some are fairly big ones. Where can we find wisdom and direction for tomorrow for all those big and little choices we must make?

Every day we face decisions. And depending on the seasons of our lives, some are fairly big ones. Where can we find wisdom and direction for tomorrow for all those big and little choices we must make?

What’s Next?

What’s next? Are you facing decisions about tomorrow? What job to pursue? Whether to keep working in retirement? Who to marry? Which school to attend? What book to write? How to go on when you’ve lost someone close? Which house to buy? Whether to rent? How to raise your children? Where to serve God best? Whether to have surgery? What church to attend? How to make the most difference with your life?

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Do You Want This Kind of Love?

September 8, 2015

God's a good, good, Father, and He loves you more than you know. Do you want this kind of love?

People spend a majority of their lives searching for love that won’t fail, but many never find it. Listen to the song following the short poem below. Do you want this kind of love? It’s the kind of love that will always be there for you. Read more

Finding God in the Outdoors – His Creativity

September 1, 2015

Finding God in the Outdoors - His Creativity

You can’t avoid it. Everywhere you look, you’ll see evidences of God’s creativity. Today, in my last blog on Finding God in the Outdoors, here are only a few highlights of what I’ve found and seen of God’s amazing genius at work in creation. Read more

Do You Need This Prayer?

August 20, 2015

Strength Healing New Day Back-to-school Prayer Need Encouragement

Needs bombard us like a hailstorm sometimes. In emergencies, sometimes I simply cry out, “Jesus, Help!” In fact, I uttered one of those prayers last week.

But other times I have more time to give thought and reflection, remembering God’s Word and promises as I pray. I’ve taken a break in my “Finding God Outdoors” series to give you a sampling of some of those prayers. Below you’ll find three of those prayers I wrote for, which you can read by following the links under each picture, and a fourth prayer I’ve posted in a previous blog. If you’ve ever found yourself in one of these situations, I hope each prayer will help to encourage you and draw you closer to the One who loves you and is waiting to hear your prayer. Read more

Finding God in the Outdoors – Private Sanctuaries

August 13, 2015

In this second part of Finding God in the Outdoors, here’s another facet of God’s personality I see often–only in a different way than what you might think.

God’s Holiness

As much as I love colorful, growing plants, I discovered I also enjoyed garden art. You’ve seen some of those in past blogs. But several pieces I’ve found or purchased have created not shrines, but private sanctuaries in my yard: creative reminders of special encounters in the garden–with a Holy God. They teach me even more about His character.

Reflection of His Glory

Finding God Outdoors Garden Sanctuary Holiness Garden Art

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Finding God in the Outdoors

August 4, 2015

Finding God, Outdoors, GardenGod’s fingerprints are all over the outdoors in nature. It’s surprising the lessons we can learn about His character if we will watch and listen. Today is the first in a blog series on Finding God in the Outdoors. All through the year, but especially in springtime and summer, I seem to hear God’s whispers and lessons when I’m outside. Is it any wonder that God loves to speak to us in places like the garden–where He first walked with man and woman?

Whether you like the outdoors or not, I believe these simple truths and lessons will draw you just a little closer toward our Creator. Read more

Promise for Today: A Light in the Darkness

July 28, 2015

Jesus still lights the darkness.

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness” John 12:46 NLT.

Ever been through a dark time in your life? I have. It’s not particularly fun, is it? You don’t have to live through a power outage to know what it’s like to live in the darkness. Most of us have experienced that at one time or another. Read more

7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled Marriage

July 20, 2015

7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled MarriageMy husband and I are celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary. Yes, we married young. :-) No, these are not necessarily our secrets, though we’ve tried to incorporate them into our marriage through the years.

Actually, we could sum up the secret of our long and satisfying marriage in three words: God‘s amazing grace.
But as marriage enrichment leaders through the years we’ve had the privilege of working with many couples. And in his ministry position, my husband has had the opportunity to work with and counsel numerous couples.
What makes a marriage flourish? This list is not exhaustive, but here are seven secrets of a long, grace-filled marriage that we’ve observed through the years: (If you’ve been married over 25 years, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what makes a marriage last. You can do so at the end of this blog).

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