Tuesday, June 25, 2013


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Luke 12: 22-26

I could have spent the weekend worrying about an issue at work.  That is what usually happens.  My mind just keeps returning to things - issues at work, with family, with friends - and without realizing it, I am worrying.  The thoughts consume my mind unless I take control.

But this past weekend, I did my best to take control.  I had an issue I wasn't looking forward to resolving at work and my mind returned to it over and over again.  But each time, at some point I realized what I was doing.  I stopped myself and prayed about it in another attempt to give it to God.

He rewarded my efforts.  When I arrived at work on Tuesday, the issue had been resolved and it didn't require anything from me.  God handled it when I gave the worry to Him.  He is in control, not me.

I pray you can turn something over to God that has been bothering you and see what He does with it.

In His Grace...

Friday, June 21, 2013


I don't know if I have many readers, but I wanted to apologize for my long hiatus.  It has been a trying year for our family and I had been feeling overwhelmed.  Subjects to write about slowly stopped coming to me.  My ability to see daily life through the lens of Scripture was fading and I didn't know how to get it back.

The two subjects I wrote on this week were slow in coming but I felt the hand of God asking me to continue to share my thoughts and so I am.  It may still be a gradual process and I most likely will not write as often as I was in the past, but know I am still looking for His inspiration.

I am praying for anyone that reads and is inspired by my words.

In His Grace...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Temple

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

It was several months ago now, but again I was listening to KLOVE.  I heard a woman call in that was talking about how big she had let herself become.  She was going to drive to the next try outs for the TV show, the Biggest Loser.  Everyone on KLOVE was encouraging and supporting her and I do also.  But I also thought that it was sad.  It was sad that instead of doing what she needed to do for herself, for her son, or for God, she felt she needed a TV show to help her.  I heard later that she was not chosen for the show.

I wanted to encourage her and anyone like her, that regardless of whether you are chosen to be on TV, we all have a responsibility to work on our health and fitness in obedience to God.  I am certainly not in the best shape I could be.  I make poor food choices at times and I do not exercise as much as I should.  It seems that in today's society, it is becoming harder and harder to make good choices.  We are bombarded everywhere we go with fast food and easier meals.  Quicker ways to cook, quicker ways to eat, more things to do, less time to spend with family.

But perhaps God's idea of food was not meant to be fast.  Perhaps the whole idea behind the food we are meant to eat is to spend time preparing it, spend time fellow-shipping as we eat it and expend calories as we clean up.  If we follow this idea, and we include healthy amounts of exercise in the form of riding bikes with our families, playing Frisbee in the back yard, gardening, taking an evening stroll - wouldn't we all be healthier?

I pray that when I make my next food and activity choices, I will remember to treat my body as a temple of the Holy Spirit.

In His Grace...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fear God Not Man

Last week, on my way home from work, I heard a blurb from Luis Palau on KLOVE.  He was talking about Moses and he said something that struck a chord with me.

When the Lord wanted Moses to go speak to Pharoah, at first Moses didn't want to.  But in the end, he did it anyway.  Moses feared God more than man.

This idea really hit home with me that day.  I let my fear of what others will think stop me from doing things that God tells me to do.  I let it stop me from spreading the Good News.  I let it stop me from obeying God in things in my marriage, in parenting, in my job.  I have feared man more than God.  But as God said to Moses, "Who gave man his mouth?  Who makes him deaf or mute?  Who give him sight or makes him blind?  Is it not I, the Lord?" Exodus 4:11

The Lord made me, He loves me and He wants the best for me.  It seems the least I can do is to obey and fear (respect) Him.

I pray that as opportunities arise, I will fear God more than man.

In His Grace...