Muscle Building

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  1 Corinthians 9:25 I’ve been a member of various gyms over the years.  Each time, after that initial enthusiasm of “this time I’m goingContinue reading “Muscle Building”

I Call Him “Lord”

From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. Isaiah 59:19  I admit it.  I have a difficult time with authority.  I don’t like being told what to do and when to do it.  I’m not sure how this developed in me.  It’s not like, as a child,Continue reading “I Call Him “Lord””

Fan The Flame

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  2 Timothy 1:6  I remember the day I got baptized.  I was 34 years old and at the same time my one year old and 5 year old received the HolyContinue reading “Fan The Flame”

A Teaspoon of Salt

Season all your grain offerings with salt.   Leviticus 2:13 About a year ago my husband and I decided to combine our plans of getting fit at the gym with changing what we ate for dinner.  We decided to try out a couple meal delivery services.  Now, let me first say my husband is an incredible cook –Continue reading “A Teaspoon of Salt”

Battle Strategy

Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.  Psalm 144:1 I have a very strong personality.  I’m a fixer and a doer.  I’m a creative problem solver.  So, for me to sit back and let God take control or direct me has been one of my greatest challenges.  A few years ago,Continue reading “Battle Strategy”

Eat Up His Words

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.   Jeremiah 15:16 I visited some friends recently outside Austin, Texas.  One day we were trying to decide where to eat for lunch and I mentioned seeing a place that served Louisana-style shrimp and crab.  My friendContinue reading “Eat Up His Words”

The Blessing of Hope

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  Romans 5:5 In February of 2020, my beloved mother in law got some disturbing news.  She possibly had uterine cancer.  We all started praying and hoping for negative tests.  But with each test,Continue reading “The Blessing of Hope”

Hemmed In

You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 My BSGs were talking the other day about sensing God’s presence.  More specifically about the times we felt God was far away from us.  So often when we are experiencing difficult trials we think “where is God?”  But I’ve come to realizeContinue reading “Hemmed In”

The Quiet Mind

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.  Exodus 14:14 I am not a “still” person.  If something feels lacking in me, I do a personal inventory and then come up with a plan to fix it.  But I finally realized that my relationship with God needed to be approached differently.  I sat on the edge ofContinue reading “The Quiet Mind”

Unswerving Faith

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.   Hebrews 10:23 We sing songs about God being our Rock.  We hear sermons about not living as though on shifting sand.  And yet so often I find myself having days where my faith feels more like something I’ve placed in a box to accessContinue reading “Unswerving Faith”