When Big Things Call for a Big-Brave

In my family, when New Year’s Eve rolls around, in place of resolutions, some of us select a personal “Word of the Year” (WOTY). In the upcoming year, that WOTY is a word to focus on, claim or be a reminder and encouragement as we move forward.  After much thought and prayer, my WOTY for…

Remembering Thorns

Ouch!  I glared at my pointer finger for getting in the way of the thorn attached to the rose bush.  In North Carolina, even though I’m not a fan of summer’s hot humidity and daily mosquito bites, I still enjoy going into the yard to cut flowers to make a bouquet for the kitchen table. …

Growing Pains

I was in my late teens, working at a summer camp. Enjoying a rare and brief moment away from the kids at the end of a long day. Walking through the trees with another counselor, one of the few fellow Christians at the camp. I don’t remember exactly what led up to it, but after…

I Wish I Knew

I wish I knew it was okay: That I didn’t excel at sports. That I didn’t have a boyfriend. That I wasn’t a part of the “in” crowd. I wish I didn’t believe the lies I told myself: If only I was thinner. If only I was prettier. If only just one of the popular guys asked…

Choosing Joy in the Wilderness

The doctors said that full recovery would likely take six to 12 months and from that point onward, I counted off the days with eagerness. When nothing seemed to change by the 6-month mark, I comforted myself by looking forward to the 12-month mark. The timing seemed symbolic to me – I would regain full…

Beauty in Hard Circumstances and Unbreakable Joy

Unbreakable Joy: A 10-Week Bible Study: Joy. We all want it, and in Christ, we can all have it. Regardless of our circumstances, our blessings or challenges, we can have unshakable unbreakable joy in Christ. And this joy begins by understanding what true biblical joy is, where it comes from, and how we can best…

The Blessing of Beauty

As I sit at my computer building an online jigsaw puzzle and glance out the window at the front yard a sense of peace and contentment settles in my soul. I say a quick prayer of thanks to God for the beauty, both man-made and natural, in this world. When I’m struggling with stress and…

3 Things Everyone Needs to Remember about Fear

#1 FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD Did you know that much of the fear we experience is not from God? Fear can be brought on by many circumstances but can also be demonic, intent on capturing its victim. The enemy will use fear to cripple. So, if fear has anything to do with it, it…

God Leads Me

Waking up in the darkness, I feel the weight of corona fatigue. Longing for the brightness of the elusive return to normal, I get ready to face the day. Morning is usually my best time of day. I don’t necessarily spring out of bed all perky and raring to go (actually, that never happens), but…

A New Beginning

There are times in our lives when we actively seek change. Some roles we can give up quite gladly, but there are also times when God uses unpleasant circumstances to grow us. He moves us from where we are, where we have become comfortable, to somewhere new. Often, for change to occur, we need to…