How to Say No to Worry

How to Say No to Worry

Have you been worried about anything lately? I have. We all struggle with worry and anxiety from time to time. The causes of worry vary—illness, financial struggles, relationship issues, decisions about the future, children/parents. The list goes on. So how are we to handle those times we are prone to worry? Paul gives us direction in Philippians 4:6–7. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be

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When Your World is Rocked

When Your World is Rocked

“Your world is going to be rocked today,” I explained to my two kitties this past Monday morning. “You’re not going to like what’s about to happen, and it will stress you. Just know that the coming discomfort is temporary, and I will be with you through this. You will question if I still love you, and I do. I’m not doing this to hurt you. The result will be worth it.” I knew they couldn’t

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How To Respond to Feelings of Failure

How To Respond to Feelings of Failure

“I feel like a failure.” Have you thought or said those words? I have. Perhaps you feel like a failure in the area of parenting or marriage or your job or ministry or some endeavor you took on. When I start to have those thoughts of being a failure, I get discouraged and want to quit. Sometimes, it’s true that we have failed. Other times, it’s just lies from Satan, who would love to get

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How to Develop an Undivided Devotion to God

How to Develop an Undivided Devotion to God

Several years ago, our Women’s Ministry focused on the theme of an undivided devotion—a devotion for Christ unparalleled by any earthly devotion. Recently, I’ve been pondering what that looks like. Life pulls us in so many directions. Is an undivided devotion possible? Yes, it is. But we have to be committed to it and maintain it. How do we keep an undivided devotion for God when there are so many things screaming for our attention

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An “Only God” Moment

An “Only God” Moment

When was the last time you saw God do something that only He could do? This past weekend I was in Dallas for a book signing and to see old friends. It was a packed weekend, but every moment was rich. Sunday afternoon a major storm descended on Dallas—dark skies, strong winds, heavy rain, and quarter-sized hail. Power went out, and all we could do was wait till it was over. After the storm passed,

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4 Hindrances to a Healthy Prayer Life

4 Hindrances to a Healthy Prayer Life

How would you describe your prayer life? Vibrant? Dry? A ritual? A sweet time of communion with the Lord? For some, prayer has become nothing more than a routine ritual they go through out of a sense of obligation. But Jesus saw prayer as a necessity, not an obligation. No matter how busy He was, He always took time to pray. He knew the importance of spending time alone with the Father in prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Unexpected Interruptions

Unexpected Interruptions

Ever have one of those days when unexpected interruptions arise? This morning as I was turning into the church parking lot on my way to the office, I was delayed by an unexpected interruption—a family of Canadian geese crossing the driveway. There was no way I could get around them, and I obviously didn’t want to run over them. So, I patiently/impatiently waited for the entire group to cross. They didn’t move at the speed

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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

If you were asked to take a picture of something that reflected your life today and what you’re feeling, what would that picture be? Recently, our church staff went away for an overnight retreat—a time to slow down and reflect on life. Right before free time, we were asked to go outside and find something to take a picture of that would reflect how we’re feeling about where we are in life. At first, I

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The Comfort of Knowing There’s Life After Death

The Comfort of Knowing There's Life After Death

Losing a loved one is never easy. I will soon be standing with my family at the graveside of my precious cousin whose life will end much sooner than any of us ever expected. It’s a good reminder that life is fleeting, and we don’t know how long we have on this earth. Today they took her off the ventilator, and we wait. Yes, God could do a miracle, but we are at peace knowing

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Valentine’s Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Valentine's Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Today is Valentine’s Day, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is hard. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective makes a big difference.

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