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THE SKY IS NOT FALLING

May 18, 2018
Devotionals

John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Does the name Henny Penny ring a bell with anyone?  Henny Penny, also known as Chicken Little, is a folk tale told about a chicken who is terrified of imminent danger.  The well-known phrase, “The sky is falling!” originates from this fable, although versions of this tale go b... Continue reading


I WANT TO SOLVE A MYSTERY

January 07, 2018
Devotionals

 

 

Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

 

In a recent team-building exercise, my work group wrote down some short-range and long-range goals.  The long-term goals ended up taking on more of a “bucket list” feel, and it was fun and interesting to listen... Continue reading


THERE, BUT WHERE?

December 31, 2017
Devotionals

Matthew 28:20b, “… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

Earlier this year I was able to visit beautiful Windsor Castle just outside London, England.  On the day we visited, Queen Elizabeth was actually in residence, meaning that she was staying at Windsor Castle.  Her presence at the castle was known to all around by seeing the Royal Standard flag flying above the castle.  We... Continue reading

A MOVING TARGET

December 28, 2017
Devotionals

Malachi 3:6a, “For I am the Lord; I do not change…”

Small, unexpected little phenomena can capture my attention in a... Continue reading

THE BEAR IN THE FOG

October 05, 2017
Devotionals

I Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face; now I know in part but then shall I know, even as also I am known.”

For two very foggy mornings in a row, I was convinced I’d seen a bear in a field close to my house.  The first morning, I caught just a passing glance of a large, dark figure resembling a bear in the field, and then the next day I saw just slightly more clearly the outline of a bear in the same exact spot.... Continue reading


PETALS ON PAVEMENT

August 30, 2017
Devotionals

Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

A little flora... Continue reading


WATCHING THE CREEK DRY UP

July 23, 2017
Devotionals


 

Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

 

In one of the Old Testament accounts of the life of Prophet Elijah, there’s an interesting verse of scripture tucked away in I Kings 17:7, which simply states t... Continue reading


THE CURE FOR BURNOUT

July 02, 2017
Devotionals

“THE CURE FOR BURNOUT”

Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due seas... Continue reading


THE REARVIEW MIRROR - (taken from my second book, AND SHE SMILES AT THE FUTURE)

June 18, 2017
Devotionals

Philippians 3:13b-14, “…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the... Continue reading

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WHOSE NEWS ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

June 11, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 19:1-3, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

Every time our mailbox is empty, I remind my son that sometimes no news is good news.  In fact, he’s heard me say this so often that he frequently takes the words right out of my mouth.  This saying is also true of... Continue reading

A VELVET LINING

June 05, 2017
Devotionals

Matthew 6:3-4, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

My husband and son are often ushers during the Sunday morning service at our church.  This past week as my son was holding the offering plate waiting for time to take up the collection, I noticed something that gave me the inspi... Continue reading

THIS IS TODAY

May 28, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 119:1, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

When my son was just a baby, we began collecting famous author and illustrator, M. Sasek, books for him as gifts to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, and other notable dates.  If you’re not familiar with these amazing books, I’ll take Mr. Sasek’s bio from the back cover of the Universe Publishing books: “M. Sasek was born on November 18, 1916, in Prague, Czechoslovakia.  B... Continue reading

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A SNOW SHOWER IN MAY

May 21, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”

This past week was defined by a few days of unseasonably warm temperatures, which is why I was especially surprised to witness what appeared to be a snow shower one morning on my way to work!  At first notice, I thought I’d passed by some trees shedding themselves of tiny blossoms, but soon realized I was following a large truck carrying finely shredded pape... Continue reading


CHEERFUL SHOES

May 15, 2017
Devotionals

II Corinthians 9:7b, “...for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

I find it interesting how the beauty and fashion industries name their products.  For instance, my favorite lipstick is called Frog Prince (because... Continue reading

VERY SCARY STRAWBERRY STEMS

April 30, 2017
Devotionals

“VERY SCARY STRAWBERRY STEMS” (Taken from my second book And She Smiles At The Future)

Psalm 56:3, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

The other night, as I was doing my routine walkthrough of the house in preparation for bedtime, I came across a scary sight in a semi-lit corner of our Den.  Just as my hand was about to reach for the light switch, I saw three very large spiders on th... Continue reading


INSTANT ATMOSPHERE

April 23, 2017
Devotionals

Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”

One of my very favorite things is a sound machine sitting on the desk in my office.  At the touch of a button I can be instantly transported to one of twelve different places via the magic carpet ride of sound.  My favorite settings are Rain, Campfire, and Stream, although Rainforest and Ocean are good... Continue reading


I WILL FOLLOW YOU, LORD

April 09, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

Today is Palm Sunday, a beautiful day in Holy Week intended to be spent celebrating and praising God.  As I’ve thought about this very important time of year leading up to Easter, many ideas for this week’s devotional have crossed my mind.  Then, as usually happens when I pray and ask for God’s direction, the most... Continue reading


FOCUSING ON THE IMMOVABLE

April 03, 2017
Devotionals

“FOCUSING ON THE IMMOVABLE”

Malachi 3:6, “I the Lord do not change.”

My son’s nightlight projects images that resemble stars of many colors and sizes onto his bedroom ceiling, and it also rotates so that the stars twinkle and move in a counter-clockwise motion.  For me, a frequent vertigo sufferer, it is a challenge to look too long at the dazzling array on the ceiling unless I fix my eyes on the one star in his ro... Continue reading


GLOW IN THE DARK FAITH

March 26, 2017
Devotionals

“GLOW IN THE DARK FAITH”

Romans 13:12, “The night is almost gone, and the day is near.  Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

 

A few weeks ago our family went to the very inspiring Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC.  We’ve been there a few times before, but it’s always a treat to visit the exhibits and be... Continue reading


THE MEMORY OF A WHISPER

March 19, 2017
Devotionals

I Kings 19: 11-13, “Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord’.  And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

I had the splendid... Continue reading

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THE SKY IS NOT FALLING

May 18, 2018
Devotionals

John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Does the name Henny Penny ring a bell with anyone?  Henny Penny, also known as Chicken Little, is a folk tale told about a chicken who is terrified of imminent danger.  The well-known phrase, “The sky is falling!” originates from this fable, although versions of this tale go b... Continue reading


I WANT TO SOLVE A MYSTERY

January 07, 2018
Devotionals

 

 

Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

 

In a recent team-building exercise, my work group wrote down some short-range and long-range goals.  The long-term goals ended up taking on more of a “bucket list” feel, and it was fun and interesting to listen... Continue reading


THERE, BUT WHERE?

December 31, 2017
Devotionals

Matthew 28:20b, “… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

Earlier this year I was able to visit beautiful Windsor Castle just outside London, England.  On the day we visited, Queen Elizabeth was actually in residence, meaning that she was staying at Windsor Castle.  Her presence at the castle was known to all around by seeing the Royal Standard flag flying above the castle.  We... Continue reading

A MOVING TARGET

December 28, 2017
Devotionals

Malachi 3:6a, “For I am the Lord; I do not change…”

Small, unexpected little phenomena can capture my attention in a... Continue reading

THE BEAR IN THE FOG

October 05, 2017
Devotionals

I Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face; now I know in part but then shall I know, even as also I am known.”

For two very foggy mornings in a row, I was convinced I’d seen a bear in a field close to my house.  The first morning, I caught just a passing glance of a large, dark figure resembling a bear in the field, and then the next day I saw just slightly more clearly the outline of a bear in the same exact spot.... Continue reading


PETALS ON PAVEMENT

August 30, 2017
Devotionals

Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

A little flora... Continue reading


WATCHING THE CREEK DRY UP

July 23, 2017
Devotionals


 

Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

 

In one of the Old Testament accounts of the life of Prophet Elijah, there’s an interesting verse of scripture tucked away in I Kings 17:7, which simply states t... Continue reading


THE CURE FOR BURNOUT

July 02, 2017
Devotionals

“THE CURE FOR BURNOUT”

Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due seas... Continue reading


THE REARVIEW MIRROR - (taken from my second book, AND SHE SMILES AT THE FUTURE)

June 18, 2017
Devotionals

Philippians 3:13b-14, “…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the... Continue reading

1 Comment

WHOSE NEWS ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

June 11, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 19:1-3, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

Every time our mailbox is empty, I remind my son that sometimes no news is good news.  In fact, he’s heard me say this so often that he frequently takes the words right out of my mouth.  This saying is also true of... Continue reading

A VELVET LINING

June 05, 2017
Devotionals

Matthew 6:3-4, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

My husband and son are often ushers during the Sunday morning service at our church.  This past week as my son was holding the offering plate waiting for time to take up the collection, I noticed something that gave me the inspi... Continue reading

THIS IS TODAY

May 28, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 119:1, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

When my son was just a baby, we began collecting famous author and illustrator, M. Sasek, books for him as gifts to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, and other notable dates.  If you’re not familiar with these amazing books, I’ll take Mr. Sasek’s bio from the back cover of the Universe Publishing books: “M. Sasek was born on November 18, 1916, in Prague, Czechoslovakia.  B... Continue reading

2 Comments

A SNOW SHOWER IN MAY

May 21, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”

This past week was defined by a few days of unseasonably warm temperatures, which is why I was especially surprised to witness what appeared to be a snow shower one morning on my way to work!  At first notice, I thought I’d passed by some trees shedding themselves of tiny blossoms, but soon realized I was following a large truck carrying finely shredded pape... Continue reading


CHEERFUL SHOES

May 15, 2017
Devotionals

II Corinthians 9:7b, “...for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

I find it interesting how the beauty and fashion industries name their products.  For instance, my favorite lipstick is called Frog Prince (because... Continue reading

VERY SCARY STRAWBERRY STEMS

April 30, 2017
Devotionals

“VERY SCARY STRAWBERRY STEMS” (Taken from my second book And She Smiles At The Future)

Psalm 56:3, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

The other night, as I was doing my routine walkthrough of the house in preparation for bedtime, I came across a scary sight in a semi-lit corner of our Den.  Just as my hand was about to reach for the light switch, I saw three very large spiders on th... Continue reading


INSTANT ATMOSPHERE

April 23, 2017
Devotionals

Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”

One of my very favorite things is a sound machine sitting on the desk in my office.  At the touch of a button I can be instantly transported to one of twelve different places via the magic carpet ride of sound.  My favorite settings are Rain, Campfire, and Stream, although Rainforest and Ocean are good... Continue reading


I WILL FOLLOW YOU, LORD

April 09, 2017
Devotionals

Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

Today is Palm Sunday, a beautiful day in Holy Week intended to be spent celebrating and praising God.  As I’ve thought about this very important time of year leading up to Easter, many ideas for this week’s devotional have crossed my mind.  Then, as usually happens when I pray and ask for God’s direction, the most... Continue reading


FOCUSING ON THE IMMOVABLE

April 03, 2017
Devotionals

“FOCUSING ON THE IMMOVABLE”

Malachi 3:6, “I the Lord do not change.”

My son’s nightlight projects images that resemble stars of many colors and sizes onto his bedroom ceiling, and it also rotates so that the stars twinkle and move in a counter-clockwise motion.  For me, a frequent vertigo sufferer, it is a challenge to look too long at the dazzling array on the ceiling unless I fix my eyes on the one star in his ro... Continue reading


GLOW IN THE DARK FAITH

March 26, 2017
Devotionals

“GLOW IN THE DARK FAITH”

Romans 13:12, “The night is almost gone, and the day is near.  Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

 

A few weeks ago our family went to the very inspiring Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC.  We’ve been there a few times before, but it’s always a treat to visit the exhibits and be... Continue reading


THE MEMORY OF A WHISPER

March 19, 2017
Devotionals

I Kings 19: 11-13, “Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord’.  And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

I had the splendid... Continue reading

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