Showing posts from November, 2015

My Way or His Will?

Luke 22:42 (KJV)Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Growing up, our family's pet was a Boston terrier named Bootsy. Most of the time, he was a perfect gentleman...until you let him get a hold of the end of a rope or rag. Bootsy's jaws would lock onto that thing and never let go. He was one determined doggie. 

Do I want God to wrestle control from my clenched hands, or do I want to hand the reins over to Him willingly?

Get closer to God. The better you know Him, the more you trust Him. And the more you trust Him, the easier it is to give up control. Developing a relationship, a friendship with the Savior, will reap long-term (eternal!) rewards.


Thanks to everyone who purchased Tupperware during my Relay For Life fundraiser last month. Because of your generosity, I have a check for $66.60 to send to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. Hooray for cancer fighters!


Notable Quote:

"The …

What's In Your Bag?

Several weeks ago, I attended an elegant luncheon for non-profit agencies at the downtown Hyatt hotel in Wichita. There was a large group of Rainbows employees in attendance, all smartly dressed. I rode across town with several lovely young ladies, and as we entered the ballroom, our president greeted us warmly. Deb commented on our dressy attire and then pointed to my friends' handbags. "Michael Kors and Coach!" she exclaimed.

At this point, I had a choice. Make a really fun, albeit snarky comment about my own cheap bag, or remain silent and "safe."

I really wanted hold up my bag and say, "Dress Barn. Free with any purchase," but I chickened out. (I do that often).

My purse is pretty important in my daily life. I carry all the things I might need to get by for a day or two away from home. Since I commute, I never know what the day may bring. This makes for a pretty heavy bag.

Handbags are so pretty on the outside, and able to carry so many necessary…

Call To Worship

2 Timothy 4:3 (KJV)For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; get out of it, what you put into it.

The member who does their nails, plays with their phone, or carries on conversations with others during church time, cheats themselves out of the opportunity for spiritual growth.

"Playing church" is becoming an all-too-familiar pastime. We show up for the programs, dinners, and activities, hopeful for entertainment. Our eyes, our senses, even our minds crave diversion. Busyness helps us avoid thinking seriously on holy things.

We must look inward and examine our motives. Why are we attending church, if not to learn about the person that is Christ? Our souls should ache for communion with the Beloved One.

Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

To paraphrase a line from the musical Aun…

High Anxiety

1 Timothy 1:15 (KJV) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

This blog post is all about me.

Just in case you start thinking I'm trying to get all "preachy" on you, I wanted to make you understand. The following is a lesson for myself.

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Sometimes, it seems I am carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. And then I remember, that's not my responsibility. It belongs to God.

Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV) O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

There are nights, as I struggle to fall asleep, that my brain recites a litany of failures and worries. And yet, my last resort is prayer. I know that my Heavenly Father is able to meet all my needs, why don't I have more faith in Him?

Proverbs 3:6 (KJV) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall dire…

Doing Time

Time change was last weekend. Time to "fall back." All summer long, I've been getting up when it is still dark and returning home as the sun sets. As the leaves drop and the earth begins its winter slumber, we all reset our clocks.

I have a dear friend that will celebrate her birthday this month. She's not too excited--thinks she's getting "too old" for birthdays. Plus, my friend has had a rough year. All this adds up to her dreading her birthday. I encouraged her to consider this a chance to reset her clock.

Our lives are all about resurrection. Each morning, season and new year, we get another chance to begin again, and refresh our faith. When we commit our lives to Christ, we have the opportunity to become new people.


Notable Quote:

John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.