Beauty for Ashes…

Isaiah 61 is probably one of the most comforting chapters in the Bible. The very first verse begins with good news preaching “good tidings to the poor,” speaks to “heal the broken-hearted,” and proclaims “liberty to the captives.” Most of us need “comfort” at one time or another. We suffer wounds along our way. WeContinue reading “Beauty for Ashes…”

Don’t Be Deceived…

I was recently reminded to be a bit more mindful and not merely act on what I “think” I see. Our enemies aren’t always obvious. They rarely arrive with a pitchfork and horns. Some are flatterers, even endearing. Many are manipulative and masters of illusion, leading us to make assumptions that can cause us greatContinue reading “Don’t Be Deceived…”

High Hopes!

“Next time you’re found, with your chin on the ground There’s a lot to be learned, so look around Just what makes that little old ant Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant Anyone knows an ant, can’t Move a rubber tree plant” My hopes haven’t always been high. I’ve always been a “realist” evenContinue reading “High Hopes!”

Bend Don’t Break!

Everyone is guaranteed some form of hardship, storms, distress/duress that ultimately forges us into the people God would have us to become. Though not pleasurable experiences, our problems are necessary for our progression from one stage in life to another. The way we deal with these experiences determines how we will come out of them. Some people seem toContinue reading “Bend Don’t Break!”

The Winds of Change, Again…

 Last year this time was a bit chaotic in my household. I wrote about the winds of change as my oldest son prepared to graduate high school and we joyfully prepared for his move out of state. I’d accepted a promotion; my husband started a new job and we were excited about what the futureContinue reading “The Winds of Change, Again…”

Home…

When I drove to my hometown in January, I had no idea of what lay ahead. What I thought would be a day trip, a weekend at most, would evolve into something completely different. My mother and I spoke of the azaleas blooming all over. Lavender and hot pink azaleas were ablaze in her yard.Continue reading “Home…”

Trials…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously toContinue reading “Trials…”

New Year, New You?

He put a new song in my mouth,     a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord     and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one     who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud,     to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalm 40:3-4 NIVContinue reading “New Year, New You?”

Evergreen!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD. And whose hope is in the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in theContinue reading “Evergreen!”

A Beatitude of Gratitude

Living in the “Bible Belt”  I read many a church sign while driving. Some of them are rather witty and others are down right weird. I did come across one that I liked a lot. It read,  “A GRATEFUL MIND IS A GREAT MIND.” As I reflected on that particular sign I thought about my variousContinue reading “A Beatitude of Gratitude”