Three helpful tips to spend more time with God in 2020

Benjamin Franklin said, “Lost time, can never be found again.” For me, this time of year always causes me to “take inventory” of my life. When I look back on this year and think about how I spent my time, I’m happy to report some successes and if I’m honest I would have to report…

Joy to the World #3

Sharing your joy with others In the last two blog posts in this series, we have had the opportunity to learn about and meditate on the gift of joy that God gave to us. We have seen that joy is an attitude more than a feeling and we can experience it no matter what is…

Joy to the World #2

Experiencing fullness of joy ( #2 in a series of 3 blog posts) In my last post we looked at the Biblical definition of Joy. I used this definition from the Bible project: “The attitude God’s people adopt, not because of happy circumstances but because of the hope in God’s love and promise.” In this…

Joy to the World #1

What is Biblical joy? (Part 1 of 3) Gifts are on everyone’s mind this time of year. We have our kids make us a list of things they want. We scan the internet for the perfect gift for our significant other or our best friend. Most of us will spend some amount of time and…

Psalm 13 for the Chronic Sufferer

Joni Earickson Tada once said that “Heartache forces us to embrace God out of desparate, urgent need. God is never closer than when your heart is aching.” For the chronic sufferer heartache and desperation are at times very familiar friends. Chronic suffering that sees no light at the end of the tunnel has a way…

Do you talk to yourself?

I’m lying in bed early in the morning as the sun creeps through the blinds. My eyes flutter open, and at first there is a kind of calm and peaceful feeling as the new day begins. Then , something happens. With very little effort, thoughts begin to pop into my head, and I begin to…

The Trap of Pleasing People

I had to take a few minutes in the bathroom at work to compose myself. I didn’t want anyone to see that I was crying. I had just been in a conversation with someone who was not happy about a decision I had made. It was just a misunderstanding. I tried to smooth things over,…

How to make your life easier

Imagine this senario. You have company coming over Saturday night and the house is a mess. You have a busy week and won’t be able to get things ready for your company until that day. So you ask your husband to please keep Saturday free to help you clean up and get some groceries. He…

Enduring through your trial

1 Corinthians 10:13 English Standard Version (ESV)  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. If I could sit with you…

God of all Comfort

Have you ever gone to bed dreading the thought of all you had to face the next day? Sometimes life can be so overwhelming it physically hurts. There are too few hours in the day and too many responsibilities competing for our attention. Even when things are going well, life can still be extremely stressful…