May The Fruit Be With You

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. I never understood the fruit of the spirit until I heard somewhere (and I wish I remembered where so I could give that person credit) the fruit … Continue reading May The Fruit Be With You

How to Make Your Life Overflow with Joy

Romans 15:13 NLT -  I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joy is one of the greatest gifts from heaven. Simply taking the time to focus on … Continue reading How to Make Your Life Overflow with Joy

God, Yourself, or the World: Who do you believe?

Sister, you were created in God’s image. Yes, you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He doesn’t have off days. God himself, the maker of the universe and its infinite stars, carefully planned for you. He shaped, molded, and designed you specifically and purposefully, with his own mighty hands. He considered every … Continue reading God, Yourself, or the World: Who do you believe?

How Does Self-Kindness Make You a Better Person?

Why is it so hard to love yourself? I’m not talking about selfish, worldly love. I’m talking about true, unconditional love, where you show yourself grace and mercy. The kind where your self-talk is compassionate and understanding when you make a mistake.  Why is it so much easier to say kind, uplifting words to a … Continue reading How Does Self-Kindness Make You a Better Person?

Focus on Excellence to Live an Excellent Life

We moved into our house a few years ago and the former residents had completely different taste in landscaping than we do. They liked traditional flowers and foliage, like white daisies, tall grasses, and hostas. We prefer wild, colorful, and tropical looking plants, like huge hibiscus, multi-colored clematis, and vibrant tiger lilies.  We replanted everything, … Continue reading Focus on Excellence to Live an Excellent Life

Basking in the Beauty of God’s Love

Imagine the greatest instance of heart-bursting love you’ve ever experienced. Recreate that moment in your mind with as much detail as you can. Were you on the giving end, receiving end, or both? Where were you? What were you doing? Who were you with? What led up to that moment. How did it make you … Continue reading Basking in the Beauty of God’s Love

You Are Covered With His Feathers

How are you feeling today?  Calm? Distraught? Joyful? Anxious? Courageous? Fearful? Grounded? Uprooted?  Frustrated? Peaceful? Something else altogether?  Now, more than ever, it’s so easy to get distracted by the concerns of the world and the feelings our circumstances inspire, that we can forget we have an almighty Father who loves us. However, our feelings … Continue reading You Are Covered With His Feathers

Need Hope? Crave Peace? Try This!

A while ago, wonderful friend of mine who tends to remain spiritually grounded no matter what storms rage around her, mentioned she keeps a prayer journal. The conversation instantly meandered away from the topic, but her words struck a chord me. I started mine shortly after and WOW! It felt like God lifted the weight … Continue reading Need Hope? Crave Peace? Try This!

What Seeds Are You Planting?

Have you ever thought about the types of seeds you’re planting in people’s lives? We’re always planting them. Good or bad, fruitful or diseased, we sprinkle them everywhere we go, around every person we meet. We might even toss out different types of seeds on different days, depending on our mood, mindset, heart, or life … Continue reading What Seeds Are You Planting?

Time to Reset

No matter who you are, this is a scary time to be a human - especially if you keep your focus on the world and what’s going on in it. It doesn’t have to be though. God is giving us a great opportunity to reset our priorities and transform our lives. Joshua 1:9 ESVHave I … Continue reading Time to Reset