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…

Your Indestructible Home Awaits You

“Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape for the hills, lest you be swept away” (Genesis 19:17). When God destroys Sodom and Gomorra with fire, he tells Lot to escape and flee with his family. But Lot ‘lingers’ and literally has to be seized and removed. Although…

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…

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…

The Gift of a True Friend

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light” – Helen Keller God has brought many dear friends into my life over the years. Some were for a season while others are for a lifetime. One thing I know for sure is I would not be who I am…

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,…

I Got your Butterflies (and so much more)

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). I was on a hike with some friends a while back when I tried to catch a photo of a beautiful butterfly but I wasn’t fast enough…

Love Really is all that Matters

A Grant study done over a 75-year period determined that love is the secret to a fulfilling life, which probably comes as no surprise to you. In fact, one man named Godfrey went into the study with bleak prospects for life satisfaction. He had the lowest rating for future stability and had previously attempted suicide….