November 17, 2015
How can a troubled heart find peace in the midst of turbulence? How can tears find a path to restored joy? Where do you go to find peace? Read more
October 20, 2015
When quiet overtakes you and the silence is deafening, how do you respond? Or when the noise of life crowds out heaven’s voice, where do you turn? When you can’t feel God’s presence, what do you do?
Here are five things for you to remember and do when you can’t seem to feel God’s presence in you or around you: Read more
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.
September 23, 2015
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?
Is there hope to overcome them? Read more
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?
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?
August 20, 2015
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 crosswalk.com, 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
July 20, 2015
My 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).
April 21, 2015
You’ve called. You’ve prayed. You’ve asked. You’ve waited. But heaven gives no answer. When we can’t hear God’s voice, is it because of us or Him? Why is God silent? Read more
April 4, 2015
Some of us may feel like Thomas, who questioned the Lord after His resurrection appearance. At times, we too, need to know that Jesus is truly real. Circumstances leave us discouraged, and we soon forget God’s work in our lives. Read more
March 17, 2015
When you find yourself in a wilderness of unpleasant circumstances, what encouraging words do you need to hear? How do you get through it? Read more