• An Excerpt from my Sparks from the Spirit book

    Here is a little taste of my devotional book “Sparks from the Spirt”  I hope you enjoy it and I encourage you to pick up the booklet and read the rest.  This devotional is all about action words and calls us to be people of action in today’s world. “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Romans 14:19 (ESV) BUILD The Psalmist tells us that unless the Lord builds the house it is built in vain. The Apostle Paul also uses the analogy of building in his letters to early Christians. Somehow, the process of building seems to be a concrete way to help…

  • Perfection

    As a young girl I used to look at other families and think how perfect they were.  They had dads who encouraged them and who showed up at their school events.  Their families did things together, like going on holidays or going to church.  And so my list went on. I would see these families together and wish I were a part of them.  I longed for the day when I could have my own family and have things be ideal as I perceived them to be in the families around me. I even carried this attitude into my own married life thinking how “perfect” other households were compared to…

  • A Listening Ear

    I just got off the phone with an elderly lady from our church organization.  I had called and left a message that I needed some information from her about her local group.  When she called back she was happy to share what was going on in her area.  She was most grateful to have a listening ear.  Her conversation was lively and interesting as she commented on the successful things going on in her particular area.  When she had some concerns, she was hesitant at first, not knowing what kind of reception she would have from me.  As she found me a receptive listener, she opened up and talked about…

  • Grace

    In not too many days we will be celebrating the Reformation.  What an incredible movement was started by a simple concept – God’s grace.  It is explained so well in Ephesians 2: 8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (ESV) How we humans like to boast so in some ways this Scripture is difficult.  We would like to do things to get ourselves in the best position – to be noticed and admired and lauded for all that we have done.  But God…