As Iron Sharpens Iron

Recently, a friend of mine passed away.  I’ve missed her deeply and thought of all the things she has taught […]

Read more

As Iron Sharpens Iron

Recently, a friend of mine passed away.  I’ve missed her deeply and thought of all the things she has taught me such as how to laugh and grow old gracefully. However, our relationship was not always perfectly. She became like an aunt to me, but we also had our disagreements at times. Thinking about our relationship I was reminded of […]

Read more

Patriotic Song Story: Stars and Stripes Forever

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” is a patriotic American march written and composed by John Philip Sousa, widely considered to be his magnum opus. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National March of the United States of America. Sousa wrote in his autobiography, Marching Along, that he composed the march on Christmas Day 1896. […]

Read more

Names of God: Yahweh-Tsabbaoth

Yahweh-Tsabbaoth means the Lord of hosts. The second stanza from Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” says, “Did we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing, Were not the right man on our side, The man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He, Lord Sabbaoth His […]

Read more

Book Review: The Number of Love

A war, a loss, intrigue and numerous twists and turns. The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White contains all this and more. Both Margot and Drake are well rounded characters you can’t help but to love and root for. I loved watching their love story unfold. The book is very well researched and takes us back to the time […]

Read more

Women Followed Jesus: Mary, the wife of Clopas

Mary was a popular name during Biblical times and remains a popular name today. Hence, to defferentate the various Mary’s there are relationships mentioned.  This is true for Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses and Mary the wife of Clopas. The name Mary means bitter, beloved, rebelliousness, and wished-for-child. Mary, the wife of […]

Read more

Devoted to One Another in Love

At the end of this week’s hymn story, I have Decided to Follow Jesus, I mentioned the Jerry Jenkin’s book and movie, Though No Go with Me. This was a book which resonated with me, as she overcame one obstacle and loss after another. {Spoiler Alert} In one part of the story, the main character, Elisabeth, slowly watches her husband […]

Read more

Hymn Story: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

This is an interesting hymn story, my brother asked me to write. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover this hymn story. I Have Decided to Follow Jesus originated in Assam, India. By the late 1800s, India was formally closed to the gospel.  However, it did not stop the sweeping missionary movement from Wales, England, Australia, and […]

Read more

Book Review: Breaking Anxiety’s Grip

Do you struggle with anxiety or stress? I do. More than I’d like to admit. Dr. Michelle Bengtson‘s book Breaking Anxiety’s Grip How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises tackles these difficult subjects in a compassionate and understanding manner. Dr. Michelle often uses her own experiences with battling anxiety in her book. She also incorporates Biblical principal’s into each chapter. […]

Read more

Releasing Our Worry

Lack of support from peers at work gets to me at times, especially when we work hard year-round to raise money for our resident’s Christmas presents and endure hurtful comments or apathy from our co-workers. Frustration built up in me for a long time and when the opportunity presented itself, I voiced these frustrations to my boss. He didn’t provide […]

Read more

Hymn Story: Art Thou Weary?

Stephen was a Greek monk who lived during the 8th Century in the monastery of Mar Sabas in the wilderness of Judea.  Eventually he became the abbot of this monastery, where he remained until his death at the age of 90. He wrote a poem a variety of hymns in Greek and Latin throughout his lifetime.  During this time where […]

Read more

Names of God: Yahweh-Rahpa

Yahweh-Rapha means the Lord who heals. The Lord is known as the Great Physician. Jeremiah 30:17 . . . I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD. He wants us healthy and happy. Isaiah 53:3-4 . . . Surely he has taken up our grief and pain, and carried our sorrows. He carried our grief, […]

Read more

Women Followed Jesus: Susanna

Susanna is mentioned alongside Joanna, as a woman who was healed. The name Susanna means a white lily. “…and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities”  And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”  {Luke 8:2-3} Along with being healed from evil spirits, Susanna must have […]

Read more

Praying for the Lord’s Provision

When a friend and I began a new Christian writer’s group in our area we weren’t sure how much interest we would find. We worked to send out notices to the proper media channels, events calendars, bookstores and churches in our area. However, we also hit some roadblocks and snags along the way, as some of these places refused to […]

Read more

Hymn Story: In Jesus

If you know the story of C.S. Lewis, you know he tried to prove God did not exist.  Along the way, he could only prove that God actually did exist.  The story of the hymn In Jesus is very similar to C. S. Lewis testimony. James Proctor grew up in Manchester, England.  He was raised in a Christian home, where […]

Read more

Names of God: Yahweh-Raah

Yahweh-Raah means the Lord is my Shepherd. Of course, the best-known scripture of this is Psalm 23. A shepherd is one who feeds his flock and leads them to green pastures. Jesus proclaims “I am the good shepherd” {John 10:14} Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green […]

Read more

Women Followed Jesus: Joanna, wife of Chuza

Another of Jesus followers is Joanna. “And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”  {Luke 8:3} The name Joanna means the Lord has been gracious. Apparently, Joanna is important.  Her husband is Chuza, who is Herod’s steward. Her husband worked for Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great. […]

Read more

Faithful in a Little

Recently, a friend and I started a writer’s group in our area.  Leading up to the days of the event, we were unsure how many would attend. I must admit, moments of doubt and panic crept in when the fear that only the two of us would attend took over. Talking with my friend she reminded me of the words […]

Read more

Hymn Story: In Times Like These

Stress and strain was part of daily living during the height of World War II.  Many did not know what to expect or what was coming next. Many families experience personal “sorrows or tragedies”. Ruth Caye was born August 9, 1902 in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. She married Rev. Bert Jones. Ruth Jones was a mother of five and a pastor’s wife. […]

Read more
1 2 3 73