You Are Loved!

You are loved

On this day that celebrates love and that can sometimes feel like a judgment to those without a romantic partner, I want to remind you that you are loved without measure by the One who created you and died for you. He designed you to be who you are, and no matter if there are people […]

More Than Enough

“You are more than enough You are here You are love You are hope You are grace You’re all I have You’re everything.” * I’d heard them so many times before, but these words practically reached out of my phone and grabbed me as I drove down the road. I sang along, and as the […]

How to be Happy

Happiness comes from trusting Jesus

My one and only ride in a hot air balloon was awesome. Drifting slowly above the earth as I peered over the edge of the basket at the countryside below gave me a perspective of the community I lived in that driving through it didn’t. While I couldn’t see the details of the houses, farms, […]

Doomed to Loneliness, or Freed by Loneliness?

loneliness

Loneliness is one of the worst emotions that humans experience. It is suffocating, it is demoralizing, and, at its worst, can shove a person over the brink to suicide. No wonder we try to avoid it at all costs, and desire that our loved ones never encounter it! But what if we realized it were […]

Free to be You – Dealing with Criticism

Be who God created you to be

Criticism. We’ve all felt its sting. It indicates – to varying degrees – a lack of acceptance or approval of something we are, have said, or have done. In someone’s eyes we’ve not measured up. They’ve let us know, and it hurts. Criticism comes in various forms – directly and verbally, gently or not so […]

What is God’s Theme for your New Year?

What is God's theme for your New Year?

During these days before another year begins, I imagine most of us are dong a bit of reflecting as well as a bit of looking ahead. Looking back has some value if we are looking at God’s faithfulness to give us encouragement for what’s ahead. But I believe God wants us to mostly be looking […]

A Place to Belong

A number of years ago I attended a women’s retreat where a former missionary was the speaker. She and her husband had raised their children during the years they had served in missions, thousands of miles from the homes of their grandparents and other relatives. She had worried they would grow up without a sense […]

What Are Your Top Three?

Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again in the United States when many gather around Thanksgiving Day dinner tables laden with food and surrounded by relatives and friends. But many also don’t. You know who you are. Your parents may be gone, siblings celebrating with in-laws, and friends with their own families. Or perhaps your spouse […]

The Truth About Our Worth

Years ago my young nephew came to visit for several days with his suitcase in tow. As soon as he arrived he opened it and pulled out his most prized possession at the time — his sling shot! He told me all about his plans to shoot shoot starlings, black birds, and sparrows, the only […]

What About Me, God? Bless me, too!

Envying others

Have you ever looked at others’ lives and wondered why they have the blessings they do, when you don’t? I sure have! It’s a human trait that goes way back — all the way to Adam and Eve. The temptation that convinced Eve to eat from the tree God had forbidden them to eat from was […]