Before and After

I follow a few design companies on Instagram, one of whom is my daughter’s. Much of the talent exhibited on social media is amazing. The ability to envision the after during the before to the degree these folks do it is why extreme renovations are left to the professionals. While it is a gift to see beyond, the […]

To Lose or Not to Lose

One of the most popular topics among Christians is whether or not salvation can be lost. But I ask, why is this even a concern? Why do we argue about it? I believe that if people didn’t love their sin so much, this topic of eternal security wouldn’t be a topic at all. What people […]

The Cost of Obedience

It will likely cost other people more grief than it costs you when you choose to obey God rather than man. It has happened to me more than once. People will not be happy with you when you choose to serve the Lord rather than to attend their festivities and gatherings. The person with whom […]

For Out of the Mouth…

It isn’t what goes into man’s mouth that defiles him, Jesus said when answering the scribes and Pharisees’ questions about why His disciples didn’t wash their hands when they ate bread, a Jewish tradition by which all were to abide. In other words, it’s not about what you eat or how you eat it. It’s […]

It’s Where the Action Is

“Concerning you, his motives are never good. Whatever good he says to you is only for his good, and not yours. He only loves himself. Remember that.” This gentle reminder from a close friend might as well have set off an earthquake. But I thought we weren’t to judge motives, and how can we? We can’t […]

Manipulation: Are You Being Played?

Scenario #1: June and Alec are shopping for a new dining room table at the local furniture store. Lesley, the salesperson makes her way over, introduces herself, and asks the reason for their visit. June points to the dining room sets and tells Lesley that they’re looking to purchase a new one within their budget. […]

Love Lost

This happens quite often in relationships. We become bored, angry, and selfish. We forget the first time we met. We forget how much we had in common. We forget how we fought long and hard to keep it fresh. We forget how happy we were. If we’re married, we forget the vows we made. Quite […]

Feeling Stuck?

My heart goes out to all of you who are feeling stuck or imprisoned in your current situation, whatever it may be. I’ve been there. But unless you’re physically locked up, you are not stuck. Might one or more of these 6 excuses be keeping you from your freedom?   Fear of failure – you’ll […]

A Christmas Surprise – by Wilma Jean Smith

About a month before Christmas, in appreciation for my care of his house, my landlord surprised me with a beautiful Poinsettia (I am choosing to capitalize Poinsettia and give a little honor to Mr. John Poinsett, the first US minister to Mexico who introduced the flower to the US in 1820’s). Its many large blossoms […]

Why Does God Forgive Us?

It is a great misconception to think that God forgives us because He loves us. Yes, God does love us, but forgiveness is only possible because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. His death is the only reason we are forgiven. When we say yes to Jesus Christ, when we acknowledge and believe […]