A Unique and Wonderful Treasure

In today’s society, we are continually looking ahead to where we need to go next and what we need to accomplish. We seem to be nonstop, running from soccer practice to dance recitals to parent-teacher conferences and everything in between. When we are goal-oriented and task-driven, we tend to focus on all of the things that […]

The Joy Exchange

We can all relate to standing in the dreaded “Returns” line at the department store, attempting to bring something back that just isn’t right. Whether it wasn’t the right fit, the right color, or the right style, you wait in line for what seems like an eternity. In fact, you are sure you have sprouted […]

Still Dreaming

Can God trust you with a delayed dream? The great American poet, Langston Hughes, asked: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run?…1 Scripture states: “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick…” (Proverbs 13:12 KJV). Unfortunately, life circumstances have a […]

Healing Grace

Born-again believers are empowered with God’s grace to heal others. Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe; in my name they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17 KJV). In other words, if you have confessed Jesus as Lord—that He died and redeemed you from sin—you are authorized and […]

Israel: Where The Love Story Begins

The Bible shares the love story of God and His people. This story, and our Christian faith, are founded in Israel. In life, when you care about someone, you want to know more about them. This trip was a way to share in the journey—to see where Jesus grew and began His ministry, to visit […]

A Banquet Beckons – Part 1

Let’s go shopping! When given that invitation, what image enters your mind? A large shopping mall? A quaint boutique or eclectic fashion mart? Are you seeking bargains at a yard sale? Or is a flea market more your style? Today, especially in the United States, our shopping opportunities are limitless. In spite of all these […]

My Prayer Closet

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”1 These words by Ralph Waldo Emerson have proven to be true over and over again during my time hosting a live, call-in radio show in Denver. In those five years, I interviewed high-profile Christian authors who offered insights on overcoming adversity by remaining […]

Testimony of Grace

I have been touched by God’s grace all my life. Grace is often defined as the unmerited favor of God; it is a gift that you can’t earn and don’t deserve. I didn’t know it at the time but I see it now in retrospect. As a little girl, I was touched by things of […]

Faith Doesn’t Take No for an Answer (Part 2)

Even after the Canaanite woman was told she didn’t “qualify,” she continued to worship Jesus and put her unashamed desperation on display. “But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs’” (Matthew 15:26 NKJV). Now He has insulted her! Talk about adding insult […]

Faith Doesn’t Take No for an Answer (Part 1)

Let me tell you a story about a woman who was determined to see her daughter set free, no matter what obstacle tried to get in her way. The story is taken out of Matthew 15:21-28, which tells of a Canaanite woman who went to where Jesus was, crying out to Him to be merciful […]