Live God’s Word. Be the Tree.

I am my father’s daughter. I have his nature-loving genes. Trees. Plants. Flowers. They make my heart go pitter-patter. Like my dad, sometimes I just gaze at trees. Clark (my husband) often finds me meandering the gardens I’ve planted around our apartment community. Just checking on the seeds. Golly, I get overjoyed when a seed […]

The Last Thing Jesus Did Before He Was Seized

Tucked inside the pages of Luke is a stirring snapshot of Jesus. It was taken at Gethsemane. In the background are Judas and his armed entourage; Peter with his sword. Tension and suspense pounded like a foot-drum in the night air… And [Peter] struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right […]

9 Words Jesus Prayed that Changed the World

Lately I’ve been helped by nine words Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of His arrest. It wasn’t an easy “bless this or that” prayer. It came with intense sorrow; a weight so crushing He perspired drops of blood. (Gethsemane literally means “olive press.”) While His disciples slept a stone’s throw […]

The Key to Unlock Fear

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to give up something for Lent. This was a first for me. My church community doesn’t observe the liturgical calendar. But this year I sensed a divine nudging. So on Ash Wednesday I committed to give up… …fear. Less than a day went by when my Chicken Little […]

“The greatest of all, is, God with Us.”

From his deathbed, John Wesley said, “The greatest of all, is, God with us.” The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) How reassuring to know God’s presence […]