Heaven on wheels

2017-02-16T00:44:53+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Obedience, Prayer|Tags: , , , , |

The knock at my door was soft, apologetic. I soon discovered a bouquet of anxious faces clustered in the hallway of the hotel where I was speaking for a women’s weekend retreat. “A situation has come up,” Jill, the retreat committee chairman, explained, keeping her voice low. Uh-oh. Ten minutes later—hair combed, lipstick in place, [...]

5 Ways to Be Brave When You’re Really Scared

2016-08-07T23:03:30+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Faith, Heart Issues, Obedience, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

I am writing this in a hospital coffee shop as I wait for my husband to have minor surgery. My heart says it’ll be okay, but there is always that other voice, fear. The framed art on the wall says, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the [...]

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 [...]


2016-07-13T00:15:37+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Categories: Devotionals, Heart Issues, Obedience, Perseverance|Tags: , , , |

'If' is such a little word, but it holds great promise I was reading that magnificent poem, ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, when I was struck by the thought that ‘if’ is such a little word, but it holds great meaning and promise. In John 15:7-10 these words are spoken by Jesus: If you abide in [...]

The dark side of me!

2016-07-13T13:20:17+00:00 March 13th, 2015|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, Obedience, Overcoming, Relationships, Spiritual Growth, The Sinful Nature|Tags: , , , , , |

I know what people generally see in me and I am acutely aware of what they don’t! As a rule people don't see the dark side of my life. It is not that I am intentional about hiding aspects of my life—I simply don't want people to see the dismal side of me that sometimes [...]

Quiet queen or quarrelsome quean?

2016-07-24T22:35:58+00:00 October 10th, 2014|Categories: Heart Issues, Obedience, Relationships, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Esther was an amazing woman. Her story is in the book of Esther, found in the Old Testament. She had the ability to please those in authority. She was a foreigner in the land. She wisely asked advice and followed suggestions. She was chosen to be the wife of a king from among many young and beautiful girls. She underwent a [...]


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