Context. It’s everything. One hot summer day, many years ago, I went swimming in the river behind my childhood home with a couple of my sisters, a couple of nephews and my sister-in-law. If you were watching from afar, you would have seen me go underwater, come back out of the water and slap my …

Wow! How did it get to be August 1 already? For the last number of months, I have been praying about posting a daily devotional Monday through Friday and taking Saturday and Sunday off. I have no reason except my normal rhythym for devotional reading has been Monday through Friday for so many years I …

The other day, as sometimes happens, my spirit was agitated within me. I could feel myself becoming unsettled over current events even as I carefully monitored what I allowed into my mind. Returning to my sewing, I considered the unrest I experienced and talked to God about it while I stitched. As I sat there, …

In 1942, Robert Emmett Winsett wrote a song entitled “Jesus is Coming Soon.” (You can click on the link to hear the Oakridge Boys 2005 version of the song from their album “Common Thread.”) The song won a Dove award at the first GMA Dove Awards in 1969 for Gospel Song of the Year. Since …

Monday morning I sat down to read for a bit and turned to the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Looking for a particular passage, I came across a verse I underlined in chapter 7. Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm. Isaiah 7:9 Immediately, I recalled a ballet audition …

There is so much controversy swirling around us these days. Everywhere a person turns, someone is posting or postulating on what they do or do not like about current events. I try to stay away from the arguments. For many reasons, but mostly because it steals my joy. At times, I wonder if I will …

These are unusual times. This is not the first time there have been unusual times. Remember the wise teacher’s words in Ecclesiastes, History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.  Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly …

For so many years, my dreams were focused on me. Not my dreams at night, but my hopes for a future not yet realized. I wanted to be well-liked, applauded, talked about in glowing words and accolades, revered and honored. So my dream had to be big. It had to put me in the spotlight, …

March 23, 2016, I had two dreams. The quality of the dreams was different than any other dream I have ever experienced. I awoke confident that God sees me and understands my situation. Comforted by the dreams, I courageously walked into an unknown future. In Judges 7, Gideon is asked to take a stand against …

“Have I ever told you the dream I have for my life? The thing I really want to do?” my friend asked me. “No. I don’t believe you have!” I responded. “Someday, I want to be a haven for children, ” she said. “It looks like that might be a reality by next summer.” And …