Disorganized or God-ordained?

Remember all the times you’ve placed something just where you knew you would not forget, and you forgot?  How about when someone does that for you, and you don’t even know they did? God in his infinite wisdom, humor, and timing caused a “happening” over time in my life.  I just had to roll with…

Only You: A Note from Rusty Rustenbach

A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer: Meeting God in the Broken Places by Rusty Rustenbach has been a great Bible study to heal broken places and learn to listen to God through quiet time and prayer.  For those of you who purchased the book, I was amazed to find a forum created by Rusty…

The Proposal

“How did he propose to you?” Approaching an anniversary date solicits this question. After 25 years of marriage, I’ve lived long enough to see so many traditions change. A proposal is one tradition that has drastically changed.  When I was a young girl, I would hear stories from the older generation of “the ask” and…

Lie: God Should Fix My Problems

God should fix my problems. In the book, Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by DeMoss and Gresh, “God should fix my problems” was confronted as a lie.  I had to go back and re-read this statement to make sure the wording was right.  If that’s a lie, where have…

Freedom Reigns

I remember my first and only cruise during a celebration of a child’s graduation.  I did not realize that the delicious and decadent food came with the price of the cruise, and you could have as much as you wanted.  I was holding back and worried about the cost.  Once someone told me that it…

I am FREE!

Bondage (noun): slavery; the state of being bound by some external power Lie (noun): An inaccurate or false statement; an impostor; a false statement with deliberate intent to deceive; an inaccurate or false statement I have a dream that all men will be freed from the bondage of the father of lies. Since the beginning…

God’s Perfect Timing: Reflections on a familiar verse

A reader of this blog shared how she read a post much later but it was perfect timing.  God knew she needed it at the very time she read it.  I’ve always been truly amazed at the timing of God.  The challenge of waiting for a word or direction brings uncertainty until, at just the…

More than good enough to love

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 Mistakes are made consistently. We fail to measure up in someone’s eyes. We forget something major and have to apologize and make amends. We will never be good enough by worldly standards, but God says you are more than good…

No stew for me!

God gave us an appetite for food, love, achievement, respect, a sense of belonging, just to name of few. God created them, sin distorted them. Appetites are out of control when we hear them whisper “I want it NOW!” What is interesting about the human condition is that appetites are never fully or finally satisfied….

A purposed heart

Daniel has always captured my heart.  His life is a testament to living on purpose for God not matter what comes to pass.  He was captured, taken from his family and friends, forced to worship and work under a pagan kingdom, and was renamed.  No longer could he be the man he set out to…

God is near

“The Lord is near to all those who call upon Him, who call upon Him in truth” Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”  Psalm 34 Scripture shares that we will be brokenhearted and, at times, feel crushed.  He is near when we call upon Him…

2013 in review: The Vivian Story

Crunchy numbers The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  This was their report information–too cute.  I loved that Vivian’s story was the most popular post of the year!!!!! A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC…