Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge… Read More

Today I read an Advent challenge; something that will prepare my heart for Christmas and the celebration of this magical season. Beginning today, read one chapter of the gospel of Luke every day. There are twenty-four chapters, so you will finish the… Read More

And just like that we are at the end of November, headed right into the next holiday. Perhaps Christmas spilled over into your Thanksgiving celebration in a Thankmas gathering. As Christmas television specials abound, offering a heart-warming rendition of the magic of… Read More

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15 Black Friday! Are you a die-hard Black Friday shopper? Do you wait until Cyber Monday? Do you like to shop at all?… Read More

Thankful: conscious of benefits received; expressive of thanks Thankfulness: the quality or state of being thankful HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1… Read More

Today as I write in a local coffee shop, I can’t help hearing the conversations around me. Shhh…don’t tell anyone I am listening. I hear all kinds of holiday plans. These cousins coming in, those people going there, destinations near and far,… Read More

Social anxiety? It takes many forms and hits people in different ways, but I think we all experience it at one time or another. A while back I left a social gathering feeling a more than normal amount of angst. Discussing it… Read More

In a world where change happens at lightening speed, I’m grateful for the consistent character of God who loves me. It is my anchor in the storm. Psalm 103 is a beautiful reminder of all that he has done and will do… Read More

Jonah, or at least the story of Jonah and the Whale, has to be one of the most widely known of all stories in scripture. I think I understand what Jonah was thinking. He didn’t like what God asked him to do,… Read More

Saul was the first king of Israel. He struggled to obey God and accept his directives through the prophet, Samuel. Rather, he chose to go his own way and follow what the people said, choosing his reputation over obedience. Due to Saul’s… Read More