From Christmas Cookies to Counting Calories

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 NKJV I can do nothing on my own.  John 5:30aESV I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians s 4:13 ESV And God is able to make allContinue reading “From Christmas Cookies to Counting Calories”

Lord, If You Had Been Here…

The sisters sent word to Jesus saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” John 11:3 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. John 11: 5-6 Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed atContinue reading “Lord, If You Had Been Here…”

Strength for the Weary One

Encourage the exhausted, strengthen the weary, say to those with an anxious heart, “Take courage. Fear not.” He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might (strength), He increases power. God is our Refuge and Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Isaiah 35:3-4a   Isaiah 40:29   Psalm 46:1   NASB It’s been said that most of us can endureContinue reading “Strength for the Weary One”

When “Giving Thanks” isn’t so Easy

Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.    Hebrews 13:15 AMP In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is theContinue reading “When “Giving Thanks” isn’t so Easy”

Peanut Butter Cups

“…to the hungry soul any bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7 AMP God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. Psalm 73:26 AMPC Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Bread of Life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever trusts in meContinue reading “Peanut Butter Cups”

Does Your Life Bring Glory to God?

Recently, I came across this years-old devotional I wrote several years ago and couldn’t help but think of those walking through knee-deep trials right now. As you read the devotion, think of how differently God defines the events of our lives and perhaps where you and I might be tempted to doubt His goodness alongContinue reading “Does Your Life Bring Glory to God?”

Salsa and Life

“Lord, do You not care…?” Luke 10:40 ESV (38-42 for entire story) “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”  Job 13:15 NKJV This year, our daughter’s small backyard garden produced a bumper tomato crop, so with great anticipation, we set aside an entire day for me to show her the finer points ofContinue reading “Salsa and Life”

Because He Cares for You

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. 1 Peter 5:7 Berean Study Bible   Psalm 55:22 NASB Because He cares for you. Familiarity breeds contempt. The extraordinary becoming ordinary. In the era ofContinue reading “Because He Cares for You”

That’s Impossible

This is what the LORD of Hosts says: “If this is impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be impossible in My eyes?” declares the LORD of Hosts. Zechariah 8:6 BSB He (Jesus) said, “The things impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27 BLBContinue reading “That’s Impossible”

Free Devotional – Stony Paths

Stony Paths – Learning to trust Him as we walk the Stony Paths of real life. Recently, a friend asked what drew me to write a book on the topic of trusting God. The answer came immediately…. Let me share with you what I told him that day … I was confronted with emergency openContinue reading “Free Devotional – Stony Paths”