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How Animals Teach Us About God

Hen With Brood Under Her Wings Luke 13:34

Job 12:7 “Ask the animals and they will teach you.”

Robert and I were taught about God through an animal during our latest travel adventure. We were fortunate to visit the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

It was as beautiful as I imagined. The ocean is stunning with ribbons of color – greens, blues, and turquoise.

But what I hadn’t imagined were roosters and hens running around everywhere!

I learned that prior to 300 A.D., the islands were so remote… Continue reading

How Do You Learn and Maintain Stillness

 

HowDoYouLearnAndMaintainStillness

The question was asked of me by Lemuel on my Facebook page: How do you maintain stillness? It was such a great question that I thought it deserved a thoughtful response.

 

Benefits of Learning to Be Still

 

One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” It is in stillness that we can experience God’s presence.

 

Learning to be still and maintaining stillness is the ultimate spiritual… Continue reading

What Does it Mean to Rest in the Lord

What Does it Mean to Rest in the Lord

When I saw this little baby resting in his father’s arms at a church service, this was a visual example (and reminder) of what it means to rest in the Lord.

 

Jesus says in the Bible verse, Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (NRSV)

 

We live in a society where rest is discouraged. Coming from the sales profession the motto is,… Continue reading

The Gift and Power of God’s Grace

For By Grace Are You Saved Through Faith Ephesians 2:8-9

May these words help to illustrate the gift and power of God’s grace.

 

Robert and I took my mother to our little family friendly eatery for lunch.

 

Always people watching, I noticed a little girl around the age of two or three following her mother like a little chick. She was cute as one too with her blond pigtails and perfectly coordinated pink outfit.

 

Her wide blue eyes blinked up at me and held my gaze. She… Continue reading

A Poem from Care Receivers and Prayer for Caregivers

A Poem from Care Receivers and Prayer for Caregivers

This prayer for caregivers was inspired by the following poem from a care receiver. The poem hung in the room my mother shared with another resident at her care facility.

 

My mother’s roommate never spoke. In fact, she never moved. She was bedridden. Walking into the room, my heart always broke for her. There at her side would be her devoted husband and caregiver.

 

My mother’s roommate died along with her husband. They had made it into their… Continue reading

A Story Of Letting Go and Letting God

Let Go and Let God In All Things

Letting go and letting God isn’t just about letting go of struggle or challenges you face in relationships or within yourself. Letting go and letting God means letting go of problems of a physical nature too. Let me explain. I also call this: When God shows off.

 

How this Letting Go Challenge Began

 

In August 2013 my 93-year-old mother had a series of four falls in one week. Thankfully, she didn’t break anything. But her physician and… Continue reading

Stop Thinking I’m Too Old Or It’s Too Late

You're Never Too Old and It's Never Too Late Like These Late Tulips

Do you ever have thoughts of I’m too old or it’s too late in your life? I know I have. Those thoughts of, I shouldn’t have taken that job, I shouldn’t have majored in that in college, I should have finished college, I should have followed my instincts, I should have done – whatever that should isYou need to let those thoughts go.

 

Here’s a story (and some hard facts) that I hope will banish… Continue reading

Control Your Tongue, Control Your Peace

Your Tongue Is Like a Rudder on a Ship

I love the little but powerful book of James. James talks about the tongue. Not controlling your tongue will steal your peace.

 

James Chapter 3, verses 4-6 says, “Look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is… Continue reading

The Gift of Uncertainty

God Is In the Midst of Uncertainty

The very first Guided Life Ezine I wrote was about wishing for a burning bush to show us the way. That’s because we all want guidance. We all want certainty.

 

We all have doubts, fears, worry, and anxiety from time to time. It’s part of being human. When you have a crisis in health, when you suffer a loss of any kind, unemployment, a relationship, a home, it’s a vulnerable and uncertain place to be.

 

But it… Continue reading

God’s Purpose is You

Christ Has No Body But Yours

If you are trying to figure out what your purpose is, let me get you to shift your thinking. I want you to take the purpose word to radically shift it from your purpose to God’s purpose.

 

Have you ever thought that you (and I) are God’s purpose?  “Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.”… Continue reading

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