Count Your Blessings

An old hymn comes to mind, with Thanksgiving drawing near, called "Count Your Blessings". It's such a simple song, but it has a powerful message of counting each blessing so that we can see all that God has done in our lives. It is so easy to take for granted the blessings that He gives … Continue reading Count Your Blessings

Light in the Dark

I took this photo one night after our electricity went out, and my husband lit this old, oil burning lamp and placed it on the mantle. As we sat in the semi dark room, my attention was drawn to the lamp that provided just enough light to break through the darkness so that we could … Continue reading Light in the Dark

Not in Vain

Let's be honest. There are days that just make us wonder if anything we are doing is making a difference. Whether it's at work, home, or even church, we just get weighed down by the day to day activities of life at times. You may find yourself wondering if you are making any kind of … Continue reading Not in Vain

Joy Comes

What makes you happy? Many of us think if we just made more money or could win the lottery, we would be happy. For some, our happiness is based on relationships such as marriage or friendships. For others, happiness revolves around sports. And of course, if we can’t find happiness in other things, we tend … Continue reading Joy Comes

Such a Time as This

Have you ever wondered about when and why things happen they way they do? Maybe in the big picture (God's picture), it is actually the perfect time and circumstances. Esther was told that she may have become queen just to save her people from a plan to have all Jews killed. She didn't just wind … Continue reading Such a Time as This

Let This be My Story

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you - Deuteronomy 31:6. What if I were able to live out this verse through every circumstance of my life? To be strong and courageous because no … Continue reading Let This be My Story

God’s Calling

One winter night my cat darted outside, refused to come back in, and ran from me even though a cold front was quickly dropping the temperature.  This morning I could hear her outside the window calling to me. As I got ready for work, she followed me from room to room and called to me … Continue reading God’s Calling

Where Does My Help Come From

It is hot! Even in this heat, our grand kids - who are ages four, two, and one - want to play outside. Kids don't care about the temperature; they just want to have fun. Do you remember those hot summer days as a kid and settling in the shade to eat refreshing popsicles? When … Continue reading Where Does My Help Come From

Get Up and Carry On

It is really embarrassing to fall in front of people.  Most of the time, we jump up hoping no one actually saw us bite the dust.  Several years ago, a student ran across the playground looking the opposite direction.  Before I even saw him coming, I was knocked to the ground.  My lunch was splattered … Continue reading Get Up and Carry On

The Bond of Unity

Flag Day is one of those holidays that most of us probably know little about. It is not a day that people get off work, watch a parade, shoot fireworks, or have a cookout as with other patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or Labor Day. It is actually not even an … Continue reading The Bond of Unity