Show Me You are A Christian Don’t Tell Me

Picture of St. Louis and Missouri the Show Me State

I am from Missouri. They call Missouri the Show Me State. An example of this in action is when our pastor was interviewing for the pastor’s position at our church. There was a committee and everyone on the committee pretty much fell in love with him. But there was a lot to discern. Quite some time had passed after he submitted all of his information and completed all of the needed interviews.

We went out to dinner with his wife… Continue reading

The Definition of Joy and What it Means For Your Joy to Be Complete

Definition of Joy and What it Means for Your Joy to Be Complete

The definition of joy in the dictionary is: The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something good or satisfying. A source of keen pleasure or delight.

Joy…. I struggled with that word. To me it meant being in a euphoric state, brimming with a smile from ear to ear. These moments I found to be rare.

I hate to admit it but I am way more serious than I need to be. I don’t know what caused this… Continue reading

Prayer for Guidance

A Prayer for Guidance

God,

I can only move my feet one at a time.

And I can only move my feet in the direction my eyes lead me.

Be the guide of my vision.

Turn my face to the path you have prepared for me.

Keep calling my attention,

tapping on my shoulder,

whenever I start staring towards my own

illusions and delusions.

In the name of Christ, the Light of the World, who illuminates our souls.

 

Spiritual Point

 

There’s a… Continue reading

Like Jesus, As Christians, We are in the Transformation Business

To Jesus Everyone is a Potential Butterfly to Transform

At a Bible study we were diving deep into the words of a passage. Jesus had just healed someone and he told them not to tell anyone. I thought this was very odd. But after more digging, we discussed how, once the word got out, crowds were coming to Jesus to be healed. Jesus did not want to be known as a healer.

Transformation is Much Deeper than Healing

That didn’t mean Jesus did not continue to heal people. But… Continue reading

Are You Stepping Out in Faith Or Leaning Too Much On Others?

Are You Leaning Too Much on Others

It’s important to seek out spiritual teachers. It’s also important not to lean too heavily on others for our spiritual growth. One ezine reader shared with me a beautiful metaphor. She used a flashlight to describe her experience.

Stepping Out with Help of a Light

When you begin to seek a life that is guided by God, you may feel lost or in the dark. When she found GuidedChristianMeditation.com and practiced meditation using the Be Still meditation CD, she told… Continue reading

What it Means to Face and Overcome Your Goliath Challenges

Michelangelo's Image of David Ready to Face Goliath

Almost everyone that attended Sunday school has heard the story of David, the shepherd boy, slaying the giant Goliath. You may be facing a Goliath in your life, meaning: a medical diagnosis (like my husband’s), a job loss, a competitor taking your business, a difficult relationship, any giant challenge.

Here’s a refresher on the David and Goliath story with four steps to show you how to overcome those Goliath challenges that you face in your life.

 

The Pure Size… Continue reading

Prayer for the Impatient or for Patience

Prayer for the Impatient or For Patience

Perhaps you are impatient because you are waiting on an important answer of some sort. Or, maybe you lack patience, because, let’s face it, we live in a world where everything is supposed to happen now. Nothing happens fast enough, from standing in a line at the grocery store to a business venture that you are working on.

Take a few breaths and read this prayer. Turn your patience into rest.

Dear Lord,

I come to you to ask for… Continue reading

The Presence of God in Your Dog

Jackie Trottmann With Her Golden Retriever Duffy

I believe the biggest tangible example of God’s presence and pure unconditional love manifested to us can be seen through our dogs. Granted, just like people, not all dogs are alike. But if you’ve experienced the love of that special dog, you know what I’m talking about.

What does this love look like in action? A great example is from my special dog, Duffy the golden retriever pictured here.

My mother had open heart surgery and was staying at a… Continue reading

A Morning Prayer

A Morning Prayer

Dear God,

Thank you that the darkness of night is over.

Thank you for your faithfulness of a new day bringing new hope, new light, and new opportunities.

I accept this gift of a new day with gratitude and gladness.

Fill me with your peace and loving presence.

Help me to be aware of your loving presence throughout the day.

Give me strength to handle challenges.

Help me to be a blessing to all I come in contact with today.… Continue reading

Has God Become a Four Letter Word?

Has God Become a Four Letter Word?

Four letter words used to be words which one did not say.

I am not a prude, but I am nostalgic.

I miss the days of movie dialogue when the F-bomb was not thrown in every sentence and repeated over and over. Frankly, I’m shocked to hear people on their cell phones using more expletives than conversation.

It’s not a question of freedom of speech for me. It comes down to manners, laziness and effectiveness.

Language Reflects Manners, Laziness and… Continue reading