Paul was languishing in a cold dungeon, chained like a common criminal, and he knew his death was near. "This ancient prison could have been called the “House of Darkness.” Few prisons were as dim, dank, and dirty as the lower chamber Paul occupied. Its “neglect, darkness, and stench” gave it “a hideous and terrifying appearance."¹… Continue reading Fan Into Flames the Gift of Writing
In a busy, loud, and stressful world, where we live by notes and to-do lists, phone messages and electronic calendars, and where racing thoughts are accepted as normal, God wants us to stop and take time to listen to His voice. For me, that has meant quieting my mind, and that's not easy to do.… Continue reading Quieting Our Minds to Listen
I'm a To-Do List, planner, scheduled-day kind of person. I didn't realize how much until recently. It was early in the morning, about 6:00, when I let my dog, Bella, out the back door. Sunny skies, a gentle breeze, and the sweet sound of birds singing greeted me. I sat down on my little black… Continue reading Be Still and Know That I Am God
Are you struggling to forgive someone? Does it seem impossible? You can do it. But before we begin, remember this: Unforgiveness will destroy you, not them. There is only one way to forgive the unforgivable. These Scriptures will strengthen and empower you to do it, as they did for me. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften… Continue reading Lord, Help Me Forgive
Wednesday Walk Though the Bible, Matthew 5:1-12 & 7:28-29 (NIV)
#WednesdayWalk, an occasional exploration of what unknown people might have seen or felt when they witnessed the events in the Bible. This post is from the perspective of a person who encounters Jesus teaching the Beatitudes.
It was another hot day. The dust swirled around my sandals as I hurried along the path. Small stones crunched under my feet as I walked on the barren dirt. My mouth was dry from the heat as sweat dripped down my forehead and back. I was focused on fetching the baskets my father needed when I caught a glimpse of a large crowd on a hillside. I stopped and noticed the people were gathered around a man. “Why would so many people stand and listen to this man in heat like this?” I asked myself.
I hesitated a moment, curious as to why…
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Never underestimate the value of a person who can make you smile. Smiles are powerful. They evoke happiness, hope, and well-being. When you smile, you instantly feel better. A smile is a powerful thing that that can completely turn your day around. Let me tell you about someone who always made me smile. Mr. Galloway was… Continue reading The Power of a Smile
Suddenly soldiers storm into your home and take by force all modes of communication (cell phones, TVs, radios, computers, iPads, all electronics). There is nothing you can do. They are armed with assault rifles and they're looking for an excuse to use one. You have been cut off from the rest of the world. If… Continue reading Imagine Your Life Without Freedom