The Top Two Ways to Finish Well

Success means many different things to different people. However, most people I know want to ‘do life’ well, and that includes finishing well. You probably know someone who was super successful and appeared to have it all together. Then as they grew older, they seemed to fall apart emotionally and spiritually. What happened we wonder? …

How to Hear God’s Voice – Part 3

In my last post I talked about why it is important to hear from God. More than getting what we want and need out of life; it is about loving others, spiritual transformation, and living in the Kingdom of God right here on earth. But, how do we hear from God?  Of course, one way…

When the Depth of your Faith is Proven Through Pain

The last five years have been tumultuous to say the least. I experienced a friend’s betrayal in a business endeavor gone awry. The death of my brother in 2015 marked a tragic end to his twenty-five-year battle with addiction leaving irreversible physical and emotional family scars. I sought relief in the one place I though…

Grace

Grace is God Acting in my life to accomplish what I cannot accomplish on my own – Dallas Willard It’s amazing to realize God‘s grace is so much more than forgiveness of our sins-heaven is it’s eternal reward; but God wants His grace to flow through us in this life to achieve what we can’t…

Contentment is Better than Euphoria

“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly like an eagle” (Proverbs 23:4-5).    I admit I’m a sucker for a good boutique. Especially ones with home décor and furniture since I…

How to Stay Forever Young

  “Forever young I want to be forever young Do you really want to live forever?” Forever, forever young” (Laura Branigan) It’s hard to grow old. I admit I don’t plan on doing it gracefully. In fact, I’ll probably fight it every step of the way. I love make-up, clothes, and styling my hair; and…

There is a Heavenly ‘Key’ to the Pearly Gates

“…But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins-and not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (1 John 2:1-2). Although Jesus Christ is the…

Why Salvation Smells Like Death to Some People

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To one we are the aroma that brings death; to the other an aroma that brings life (2 Corinthians 15-16). Jesus Christ is the giver of the Holy Spirit through the Father.  The Holy…

Your Whole New Life Can Begin Today

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the un-godly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for…

The Doubter is Destined to Drift

“As pharaoh approached, the Israelite’s looked up, and there were Egyptians marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord: “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?” (Exodus 10-11) Moses tells the Israelite’s to be still and the Lord will fight for…

The Best Trade Deal Ever

One definition of ‘trade’ reads: “To exchange articles of more or less even value.” I traded in: Addiction for freedom; anger for peace; loneliness for love; self-pity for empowerment; emptiness for fulfillment; shame for honor; failure for success; aimlessness for purpose; and sorrow for joy. Who would make a deal like that? It’s Jesus Christ,…