Place of Abundance

“For Thou hast tried us, O God; Thou hast refined us as silver is refined … Yet Thou didst bring us out into a place of abundance.” Ps. 66:10 & 12, NASB God presses us … pains us … purifies us. How? TRIALS. Remember those cool coloring books with the invisible pen? I used to love those as a child—pushing my marker across pages and watching images magically appear. Traveling in the car equaled fun when my sister and I could complete an entirely new storybook. Interestingly, God uses […]

Keeper of the Heart

“And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, And He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True …” – Revelation 19:11 Betrayed. The word itself communicates heartache. Have you ever been betrayed? Unfortunately many of us can respond, “Yes.” For what or whom? The possibilities range from hurtful to gut wrenching to absolutely devastating. Perhaps you’ve been betrayed for: drugs or alcohol another’s effort to gain attention/prominence pornographic images another woman/man money People betray people for all sorts of reasons. But underlying […]

For Precious Chloe …

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18 She’s only eleven. My daughter’s friend: sweet, endearing, engaging Chloe Scott recently was diagnosed with bone cancer. Oh … words fail. A child dealing with such traumatic suffering–my heart wrenches for her and her parents. What are they feeling? Thinking? Enduring? This devastating news already has changed their lives, and suddenly they’ve embarked on an unanticipated, […]

Surviving to Soar

“Jesus said therefore to the twelve, ‘You do not want to go away also, do you?’ Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.’” – John 6:67-68 With silky white and black fur, he’s a pretty kitty. Linus–our cat. Surviving who knows what at the drainage ditch, he arrived in our home unexpectedly last fall. Successfully he’s claimed each of our hearts–my husband’s the most. Linus also recently survived a near-death experience. Eating string propelled him into […]