I Hear Better in the Dark

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And….it’s a good day for a little Max Lucado to get us started.

Speak, Lord, I am your servant and I am listening.1 Samuel 3:9

We expect God to speak through peace, but sometimes he speaks through pain…

We think we hear him in the sunrise, but he is also heard in the darkness.

We listen for him in triumph, but he speaks even more distinctly through tragedy.

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New Contract…New Dream Come True

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After waiting for about a year, I realized another dream come true….another signed book contact!

For most people, writing (and reading) is a chore to be avoided at all costs.

Not me.

I love reading.
I love writing.

But most of all, I want my words to help people.

As Max Lucado says…

“You have the ability, with your words, to make a person stronger. Your words are to their soul what a vitamin is to their body.”

Amen to that!

So here’s to working hard for the next few months so that my words do make my readers stronger by giving them a boost to their soul.

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Check Your Anxieties at the Door

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Been feeling some anxiety about tomorrow or even later today?

Been wrestling with the unknowns or the weights of the world?

Been tossing and turning through the night?

Then join lots of other folks…

Here are two spiritual RX’s to help you settle down, calm down, and stay that way.

Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me.

If you must consider upcoming events, follow these rules: 1) Do not linger in the future, because anxieties sprout up like mushrooms when you wander there. 2) Remember the promise of My continual Presence; include Me in any imagery that comes to mind.

Sarah Young

Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7

Maybe you don’t want to trouble God with your hurts. After all, he’s got famines and pestilence and wars; he won’t care about my little struggles, you think. Why don’t you let him decide that? He cared enough about a wedding to provide the wine. He cared enough about Peter’s tax payment to give him a coin. He cared enough about the woman at the well to give her answers.

Max Lucado

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Prayer Facts from Max Lucado’s Newest, Before Amen

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Author Max Lucado has just released a terrific new book on prayer…one that will encourage folks to take a completely different look at how they view prayer in general and in particular, how they can re-learn how to pray more effectively (and without all the associated guilt that comes with prayer.)

Who can say, “Amen!!!” ???

On that topic…here’s another tidbit of wisdom from Max…

He is my defender, I will not be defeated. Psalm 62:6

What does God do when we are in a bind?
…He fights for us. He steps into the ring and points us to our corner and takes over. “Remain calm; the Lord will fight for you,” Exod. 14:14

His job is to fight. Our job is to trust.

Just trust. Not direct. Or question. Or yank the steering wheel out of his hands. Our job is to pray and wait.

Who can say, “Amen!!!” ???

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I Talk To Myself, Do You?

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And I’m alone today…and still talking…

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

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I talk to myself.

Do you?

Of course, when I read this comical statement about people who talk to themselves as being smart, I thought, I’ll take that.

I think there’s a problem though when we don’t realize we are talking to ourselves…or when we don’t realize how we talk to ourselves changes our attitudes.

Case in point –

My oldest daughter whose bedroom was right above our kitchen area would tell me she thought someone was in the kitchen with me because she could hear me carrying on a conversation with myself. Hmm. Interesting.

My youngest daughter, still living at home, tells me I talk to myself all the time (her bedroom is beneath our kitchen area.)

So, it’s either me getting excited about food and talking about it in my kitchen…or I talk to myself all through the house and don’t realize it.

In any case, my daughters’…

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Want More Time? Give Some Away

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

choicesfromyesterdayThe world delights the generous but seldom overwhelms them.”
Mark Buchanan

Ever notice that the more guardedly we hoard our time the quicker it seems to take flight? Interruptions give cause for anger, irritation, and the like. The stingier we become with our hours, minutes and seconds, the further behind we get. It’s basic life truism, whatever is grasped is eventually rendered ineffective, unsatisfying, or altogether destroyed. While responsibilities loom large, deadlines threaten, and the workload seems to increase exponentially with each tick of the clock, the urgency of the day gives way to ever-rising internal combustion. Likewise, this inmost orientation of the mind also produces a scarcity of generosity in spirit.

Study those rare individuals who are generous with their time, “…their worlds are more varied, surprising, colorful, fruitful. They’re richer. More abounds with them, and yet they have a greater thirst and deeper capacity to take…

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Tea and Sympathy? I’ll Pass on Both Thank You Very Much

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Everybody needs someone who can “zing” them with the very best of intentions. :)

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

The people used to strengthen us are never those who sympathize with us; in fact, we are hindered by those who give us their sympathy, because sympathy only serves to weaken us. Oswald Chambers

What think you?

I read this and contemplated the countless times I’ve called my good friends and complained over my lot in life.

I realized something really important.

The friends who love me most are those who are hardest on me. (Which begs the question, can we as adults, be “parented” by our friends?)

From where I sit, a good friend is one who listens to my moans and groans just long enough for me to know they’ve heard and felt my pain before they zing me (in the most loving way possible) with the hard truth of taking responsibility for my attitude and actions.

The zing is the key element of…

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