Devotion: January 2010

The other day I saw a billboard for a local radio station that said, “Listen to Christmas music NOW.” I thought to myself, “Already?” It seems as if the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year. Most of us are still trying to decide what to do with all the Halloween candy that’s sitting […]

Give thanks in everything.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessolonians 5:18 When you feel lousy, it’s so easy to complain. Everything seems worse when you’re sick, right? I haven’t been posting as much lately because I haven’t felt that great. The past few days I’ve felt HORRIBLE. I’ve […]

Devotion: More Than a Number

We often identify ourselves by numbers: $75K annual salary, two children, 2,500 sq.ft. house, 3-car garage, 165 pounds…you get the idea. God likes numbers, too: 10 Commandments, 12 disciples, feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two small fish. Numbers are significant – it’s true. But, are we? In other words, with […]

10-8-09 Devotion: Aroma

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Here’s one, though, that may be new to you: “You smell like what you eat.” Garlic is one of my favorite herbs to use when cooking because it adds a unique, distinctive zip to any dish. Just think of what pesto would be like without […]

10-6-09 Devotion: True

I’m amazed at the amount of power such small objects can have over a woman’s life. Take the bathroom scale, for example. Our self-worth is often completely wrapped up in what it tells us. Our whole attitude for the day is often determined by what we see first thing in the morning when we step […]

10-5-09 Devotion: How He Loves Us!

I can’t get that song out of my head. I’ve been singing John Mark McMillan’s “How He Loves Us” nonstop since I first heard it this past weekend. The song is genius. The words are unforgettable. The music is captivating. The story behind the song is inspiring. What keeps resonating with me, though, is the […]

10-2-09 Devotion: Pressing In

I’m pressing in, Lord. Pushing past my hurts my failures my expectations. I’m reaching beyond the past and taking hold of the future. My eyes are on You. Despite the crowds, You see me. As I move toward you, You move toward me. There is no condemnation or disappointment or rejection in your eyes…Only love. […]

9-30-09 Devotion: Know It and Show It

God’s love is all around me this week. Literally. In my Bible study, the lessons are all about God’s incredible love for us. Just yesterday the radio station I was listening to in the car featured a guest speaker talking about love. And, this weekend I’m attending our church’s annual women’s conference, and the theme […]

9-28-09 Devotion: The Waves of Distraction

It took a whole lot of faith for Peter to believe he could walk on water. Brave, bold, trailblazing Peter didn’t even seem to hesitate when Jesus said, “Come.” Peter stepped out of the boat, into the water, and started walking toward the Lord. But somewhere between the boat and Jesus, Peter got distracted. The […]

9-25-09 Devotion: You gotta get out of the boat.

Peter was exhausted. He and the other disciples had spent all day with Jesus ministering to the crowds of people who followed them. He had even witnessed the miraculous feeding of more than 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. When it began to get late, Jesus stayed on the shore to […]