We adopted our dog as an already 11 year old whose prior owner could no longer take care of her. This came with perks – she is already potty trained! Yay! 😊 She also doesn’t chew on things, and she is quick to obey. However, she also had apparently received some not-so-desirable training. She seems… Read More Doggie Lessons on Thankfulness
Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You absorbed the bitter punishment for my sin. As You hung up there on the cross, all my sins and the sins of the whole world were laid on You. The physical and spiritual and even mental agony must have been terrible. For You, who knew no sin, became sin… Read More Worship with me #37
A few weeks ago I finally went out to the apple tree in our back yard and picked and knocked down the rest of the apples. I had not been able to get to them because of the tyranny of the urgent that caring for my mom had brought in addition to all my other… Read More Rotten to the Core?
Today I thought I’d mix it up a bit. Sometimes, when we want to worship God, it seems like there is something in the way. I’ve made up a sample prayer of confession and used it for a long time; going through this prayer helps me without fail to return to that open communication with… Read More Confession is Part of Worship
Hi, and welcome to Worship with me! God has given us so much for which to be thankful! I invite you to pray this prayer of thankfulness with me: Thank You, Lord, for daily bearing our burden! You are so good to us! We can be so foolish sometimes, Lord, trying to bear our burdens… Read More Worship with me #20
Hello, friends! Welcome to another week of Worship with me! I invite you again today to join me in this prayer of praise to our God! Thank you, Lord, that You place great worth on us! Sometimes we think that because we have sinned and don’t deserve Your mercy and grace, we must not be… Read More Worship with me #16
Have you ever felt like some people are extremely hard to love? I’m guessing most of you can think of at least one person like that (if not, just give it a few years!) Several days ago, I started reading a really good book by Max Lucado called A Love Worth Giving, and already a few… Read More Steps toward Love
Have you ever read Scripture and tried to understand the passage from an opposite angle? Sometimes I like to do that. I find this to be particularly helpful when I have heard a passage many times, and I really think I understand it. Then I find out that, surprise! There’s something I had missed! (I… Read More The Just Shall Live by Faith
Dear Lord Jesus, You are such an amazing Savior, Lord, Love, Friend, Shepherd, Provider, and so much more! We so often focus on You in Your humanity, and well we should, but we forget to focus on how You were in the beginning with God and how without You nothing was made that was made. … Read More Worship with me #11
Do you know how to get gold out of a gold mine? I don’t know all the technological advances of how it is done today, but the short answer is, We dig for it. We go down deep. We take a light and search carefully and diligently, hoping not to… Read More Finding the Gold in Others
A few years ago we had a gift exchange “game” at a Christmas party I attended. Each person drew a number, and starting at number 1, they picked a gift from the gift table or from someone who had already opened a gift that they wanted. If they took someone else’s gift, the other person… Read More How to Recognize & Overcome Prejudice
As we drove down the straight, two-lane highway in northeast Colorado…. I wish I could say that we saw the majestic snow-capped mountains in the distance and describe the lush colors that surrounded us, but that’s just not the case! Northeast Colorado is a high-altitude plain, and when the end of November comes, there isn’t… Read More Finding God
On our way to visit family for Thanksgiving, we drive mile after mile, passing hundreds of other vehicles that represent drivers from many walks of life. We pass FedEx trucks – (got to be on time!); the farm truck with hay hanging out the back; utility vans and trucks with ladders; semis hauling goods to… Read More Ruts – Am I stuck?
I remember as a child waking up one night with the poison ivy on my leg itching like crazy! I crept quietly through the dark to the medicine cabinet where I knew I would find the poison ivy aerosol spray. Still in the dark, I grabbed it and began spraying it on the poison ivy. … Read More Turn on the Light! Mistakes made in the dark
Have you ever done or said something you wish you had never done or said? If so, you are probably thinking about it right now. That question was like a mind trigger that unlocked a memory you would rather forget. The Lord has allowed a couple of these mind triggers to hit me in the… Read More Overcoming Guilty Feelings
The first time I remember hearing the old saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” I thought that was just SO sacrilegious! (I think I was about 20 at the time.) Because, anybody that has read their Bible through knows that THAT is not a verse in the Bible. But I have since then discovered that… Read More 5 Steps to Return to your First Love
I was reading the story in the gospel accounts recently about the Gerasene demoniac that Jesus healed. Here’s this man who has been in physical and spiritual bondage for quite some time. He is hurting. He is violent. He lives in the graveyard. He spends his days and nights acting insane. “Constantly, night and day,… Read More Do You Want to See Jesus?
Have you ever gone somewhere and accidentally failed to lock the door, and when you came home, the door was wide open? What was your first thought? I’ve had that happen to me. I walked in cautiously, going from room to room, looking for some intruder who might have been hiding there with evil intent.… Read More On Locks and Keeping Out Intruders
I had no idea that there were so many ways to break the tenth commandment. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17 But after observing the… Read More Tenth Commandment – Overcoming Discontent
This year I thought I had escaped the invasion of the ants. Other people were talking about how the ants were bad at their house this year, but our house only appeared to have a few stray scouts. Then I started noticing that a few scouts seemed to be consistently hanging around the bathroom sink.… Read More Sneaky Little Ants