When I was younger, I had a really hard time understanding what holiness was. I knew God was Holy, Holy, Holy. And I knew that we were supposed to try to be holy. But I found all of that really confusing. Somehow, in trying to piece it all together, I got the idea that God… Read More What is Holiness?
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
Flippantly I skip up to the foot of a cross. I look up; yeah some guy died for me. flippantly I think, that’s nice, yeah he died for my sins; I believe it and I’m glad. Can we just skirt around the subject now? Or maybe we could teleport from this side to the other?… Read More Flippantly
1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” Sometimes I’ve wondered what “love covers a multitude of sins” means. I thought of the snow covering all of the brown deadness in the winter, and covering junk piles, and dead branches on the… Read More Love Beautifies
Two years ago, as the New Year arrived, I heard for the first time about choosing one word for the year instead of making a New Year’s resolution (which I usually didn’t bother to do.) I felt the Lord was giving me the word “LISTEN”. It’s something that most of us need to work on,… Read More Speak
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
This evening I was thinking about various times of my life when I have had a good cry. I’ve always had an extreme sense of justice vs. injustice, and sometimes as a child, when I would get in trouble, I would feel like I was being unjustly punished. We were allowed to cry, but if… Read More Joy comes in the morning
I once heard of a person who just could not understand God’s grace. And he is in good company. His religious beliefs were such that one had to try his hardest to be good, and hopefully his good works would outweigh his bad works in the judgment, and then God would let him into… Read More Difficulty Believing in God’s Grace?
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
Today I’m sharing two stories with a lesson. First, not too long ago my grandson wanted to help me dig in the garden when I was out pulling weeds. I was concerned that he might dig up the good plants, so I directed him to an end of the garden that I use more as… Read More Buried Treasure