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It’s Here!

post238pic1Finally! I am so happy to share my excitement with all of you – the devotional that I have been working on for so long is finally here.

It has been a long journey and continue here

Giving Thanks In The Hard Things

post236pic1It is Thanksgiving week , and all of us have many good things to be thankful for, however, what about all the bad/hard/difficult/not fun things? Are we thankful for those?

The Apostle Paul commands us, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

But how do we do that? How can we continue reading here

A View From the Top

We’ve all had moments when we wonder, sometimes in exasperation and sometimes in elation, “What on earth is going on?”

It’s not unusual for those moments to be seasons. Seasons of pain, suffering, heartache, loneliness, frustration, fear, desperation, depression, poverty, infidelity, adultery, betrayal or death that take their toll on our sense of purpose and being.

When we are swept up in the moment, living only for today, or to get through today, we often grow weary and lose heart. We end up feeling defeated even before the battle begins. The drudgery of today becomes more than we want to endure. Getting out of bed continue here

Things I Didn’t Know I Needed


(Caution: The secret identity of Santa Claus may be revealed in this blog!)

Christmastime is wonderful for little children – decorating the tree, taping on cotton ball Santa beards, posing for photos and telling Santa what you want for Christmas; it’s magical. However, as parents, we know there is a lot that can go wrong.

What if every store from Ohio to Minnesota sold out of the only item on one child’s list, and the other child has a list a mile long! What if the budget meets their needs, but their wants far outweigh those needs? As parents we must decide how best to handle these situations, so that everyone feels loved and happy on Christmas morning.

I recall one Christmas when Brian and I were walking such a tightrope. We held our breath as the boys walked into the living room and saw their gifts beautifully arranged in front of the tree (in two separate but equal displays), and one boy exclaimed continue reading here

Rules of the Road


About a lifetime ago, when our boys were in High School, the driver’s training instructor told all of us anxious parents what to do to prepare our excited children for his class: Take them driving. I don’t think he wanted to be the first person to sit next to a teenager who had the keys for the first time!

Do you remember the day you got your license? I do! And I’ve no idea how I passed the driving test; I didn’t know how to drive. All my friends told me what the written test would be like so I memorized the rules of the road. I knew I’d have to parallel park so I learned that, too. I passed both tests on the first try.

In the weeks after I got my license I learned how to continue here

To God be the Glory!!


Gloria in excelsis deo!
You sing it every year at Christmas – Glory, in the highest to God! You are proclaiming to God the most exalted honor, adoration, praise and thanksgiving! But do you mean it? Do you really praise and adore God; do you give Him thanksgiving and the highest praise no matter your circumstances?

When Alzheimer’s has robbed a loved one of understanding and mobility. Do you mean it?

When your daughter tells you she’s pregnant continue here

Thanksgiving Season! Really?


post97pic1“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” – Psalm 107:1 NLT

It is November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, along with the challenge to be thankful! But seriously, do we have to be thankful all month?

Do we have to play along with everyone else and update our social media accounts with daily thankfulness? What if we run out of things we’re thankful for before the end of the month? Can’t we just skip November’s “Thanks” and move full speed into December’s Get me more

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