Inspirational Stories

My Lifetime Experience of Letting Go and Letting God

Let Go and Let God

This post represents my lifetime experience of letting go and letting God, at least the major points. There is so much more that I could share, but then, that would turn into a memoir.  ; ) This will encapsulate a lifetime of letting go in about five minutes.

There is a free Prayer for Letting Go along with a Letting Go Meditation MP3 from my CD called Let it Go that I offer. With it, I send out… Continue reading

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

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

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

A Modern Day Version of The Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount in Modern Times

I have heard pastors say that the sermon on the mount should really be called the teaching on the mount. (The original is found in Matthew Chapter 5 and is also called The Beatitudes.) I imagine Jesus saying these words in a modern day version.

Before he would speak, however, he would tell everyone to turn off their electronic devices. I’m sure there would be people snapping pictures and posting to social media and tweeting. But, he would encourage people… 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

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

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

Why I Know God is Real

In An Instant God Can Turn Your Life Around - Why I Know God is Real

Whenever doubts, fears and challenges arise, this singular event has helped me to keep on keeping on. It’s why I know that God is real, because that’s the day that God showed up.

God is the God of Surprises

The date was August 30, 2003. I will always remember that date because that’s when my life changed forever, in an instant.

God is the God of surprises. That’s because God comes to us when we least expect it. Who… Continue reading

Don’t Lose Your Sense of Wonder Also Known as a Cure for Monotony

Don'tLoseSenseOfWonder

May this post help you realize why you don’t want to lose your sense of wonder. A sense of wonder comes easily for children. They haven’t been “de-sensitized” by years of day-to-day living, also known as monotony. They don’t take the world and their surroundings for granted.

I’ll never forget the look on my baby’s face when a gentle spring breeze brushed against his cheeks for the first time. His eyes grew wide then closed as he felt the wonder… Continue reading