The three steps to renewal. What step are you on?

The three steps to renewal. What step are you on? The first step is hard but necessary. It is called “repentance”, which is a change of mind, heart, or direction. It is a realization that there is something in your life that needs to change, something that just isn’t working. Something is off, and you…

The Shadowlands

My anniversary is coming up this month, then my late husband’s birthday, then Thanksgiving, then my birthday, then Christmas.  A lot of “used to be”s.  That’s how I think of them.  It’s not really my wedding anniversary anymore.  He’s gone.  It’s a shadow life.  It’s a joyful past wrapped in current pain.  Nothing’s the same. …

What do we do when we are waiting for something to happen at some future time? Maybe it will happen? When will it happen? What will it look like? Will it be the way we think it will be? What do you do when you don’t know? Sometimes we just don’t have access to the…

God’s Constancy

I recently shared a condensed version of my testimony in a moment of rare courage.  You know, the one that doesn’t avoid or minimize and doesn’t embellish or put on a show.  It was raw, real, and gut-wrenching.  And part of the wise and gracious response was this: “Your story is a good reminder that…

The scripture says to encourage one another, but how?

The scripture says to encourage one another, but how? I Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as also you are doing. ” (https://biblehub.com/blb/1_thessalonians/5.htm) The context for that is teaching Paul is giving about “the day of the Lord”, the day the Lord Jesus returns. The fact…