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 mid-90’s. 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

A Prayer to Overcome Fear, Anxiety and Worry

A Prayer to Overcome Fear, Anxiety and Worry

The following prayer to overcome fear, anxiety and worry, will help you focus your thoughts on God’s peace and presence.

Instead of focusing on your fear, anxiety, and worry, focus on the words that Jesus said to his disciples. “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at… Continue reading

God’s Will and Our Will Look Remarkably the Same

God's Will and Our Will Look Remarkably the Same

God’s will or God’s call – it’s something as Christians that we seek. We want a blue print, don’t we? Just tell me the steps and tell me what to do. But I believe that God’s will and our will look remarkably the same.

At the same time, God’s will is also something that we can be terrified of. We’re terrified because when we give up our will we are giving up control. If you subscribe to The Guided Life… Continue reading

A Prayer to Deal With Anger

A Prayer to Deal With Anger

Anger is in the air. It’s in our political climate, religions, the media, and social media. Mean speech, injustice, inequality in pay and opportunities, prejudice in all of its forms, and let’s not forget anger about loss. The loss of relationships, loved ones, health… Yeah, there’s a lot to be angry about!  But you can’t let anger consume you like a wild fire.

It’s Okay to Be Angry

We were created in God’s image. God gets angry too. Just… Continue reading