Encountering God

2017-02-16T00:44:09+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Hearing God, Time with God|Tags: , , , , , |

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  - Ephesians 1:17 In 1 Kings 19, we read that Elijah believed he was the only man left who was following God.  As a prophet [...]

Dear God, they say it’s cancer!

2017-12-08T11:00:43+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Health, Hearing God, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I have lived in Ghana, Zambia and Burkina Faso for the last 12 years. We originally moved to Ghana because my husband accepted a position with a company there. Because we were going to Ghana, I went for a full medical check-up, which included a mammogram. To my horror, I found out that I had [...]

3 ways to find God in everyday life

2017-02-16T00:44:38+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Gratitude, Hearing God, Heart Issues, Serving|Tags: , , , |

Sometimes it is hard to see God’s fingerprints in the push and pull of everyday life. It can be hard to see how God is present in the moments between opening your eyes and that first cup of coffee.  You’ve barely gulped down your coffee, when a child who can’t find a textbook, or a [...]

How to find YOUR purpose

2017-02-16T00:45:00+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Categories: God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Patience, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , |

Monday morning . . . again. Every week the feeling of not measuring up was getting heavier until it came to weigh on my chest like a lump of potter’s clay.  I tried to convince myself that it would get better—that I just needed to get up and out to take Justin to school. But [...]

How to say “Yes” to God

2017-09-22T00:58:01+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Christian Service, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Ministry, Serving|Tags: , , , |

I don't know about you but as soon as I became a Christian I wanted to do something FOR God. I was a pregnant teen who found forgiveness and freedom, and I wanted to make my life count for Him. Over the years I found many ways to serve Him, and to be truthful it [...]

Bible reading—a vital spiritual discipline

2017-12-08T10:43:32+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Categories: Bible Reading, Bible Study, Hearing God, Spiritual Growth, Time with God, Waiting on God|Tags: , , , , , , , |

All occupations have certain disciplines that go with being good at what you do. For example, anyone involved in the medical profession develops the discipline of regularly washing their hands! (One should hope so!) There are personal disciplines too, which if not developed, can result in disastrous consequences; the discipline of brushing your teeth before [...]

7 ways to know God’s call

2016-03-15T20:42:44+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Categories: Balance, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Christian Service, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God|

There is a myth today that says we must get our life organized and in order before we follow God’s call. Our kids must have adequate time with us. Our debt must be paid down. Our days must have space . . . and peace. After all, how can we do great things for God [...]

How God speaks through the Bible

2016-03-18T01:06:59+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Bible Reading, Bible Study, Devotionals, Hearing God, Time with God|Tags: , , , , |

2 Timothy 3:16 (MSG) says, “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.” Do you sometimes wonder if Timothy was reading the same Bible as you?  A friend recently admitted to me, “I don't know how to read [...]

Just take the next step

2016-06-14T17:31:48+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Christian Service, Devotionals, Faith, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, In the Media, Ministry, Serving, Testimony, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever wondered if you’re in God’s will?  How does God lead? The answer is simple—one step at a time. Psalm 37:23 says that “the steps of a good man (woman) are ordered by the Lord.” If we know and love the Lord and truly put Him first in all we do, then He [...]

Forgiveness is for giving

2016-07-29T01:30:36+00:00 April 17th, 2015|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Forgiveness, Hearing God, Obedience, Relationships, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

“Are you going to Beauty for Ashes this year?” my friend, Ruth, asked. As did Ann, another friend, author and avid conference attendee. Aldyth, the organizer of this annual women’s conference for the past nineteen years, also presented this same question. They all wanted me there, and of course, I wanted to go. It would [...]

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