Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What’s the big deal about Jesus?

     What’s the big deal about Jesus?Why are millions of his disciples willing to risk their lives and reputations to follow him? Because they believe he is who he claimed to be—according to historical records of his talks—the Son of God and the only way to God. They’ve experienced his love and forgiveness in their own lives.

     When a person realizes they’ve sinned and can’t change themselves, it leads to either despair or a search for someone who can give them hope. Jesus is that someone.

      Born of a virgin, Jesus lived a sinless life, preached about God’s personality and kingdom for three years, and then willingly gave up his life to take the punishment for all our sins—everyone in history,
including you and me. After three days, he rose from the dead, proving he was God in the flesh.

      When we believe these facts about Jesus and open our hearts to him, the Bible says we are “born again.” He comes to live in us, exchanging our sinful selves for his eternal life, making us God’s children.     
If you long to get out of the pit of sin, receive a new life and a forever home with God in Heaven, you can become one of Jesus’ followers. All you need to do is believe that Jesus is who he claims to be, turn away from your sin, say “Jesus is Lord,” invite him into your heart, and be immersed in water in his name. He will then make you a new person, full of his life and power.

     Want to find out about Jesus’ claims for yourself? Please read the book of John in the Bible.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy Updated 6.5.18

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inventions I'd Love for Someone to Create

When the electricity went out one Sunday morning during worship, I continued singing, expecting the light to return any minute. It didn't return, forcing my pastor-husband to scoot his pulpit under the stained-glass window, so he could see his sermon notes. This got me thinking of the many inventions we take for granted, as well as a few new ones I'd love for someone to create. . . 

     A lever on the side of my bed, attached to a huge spring under the mattress. When my alarm clock goes off, it activates the lever, and the spring propels me into my closet, where I canon into my clothes. By the time I wake up, I’m dressed and ready for the next invention. . .


A helmet that squirts mousse, scrunches and styles my hair, then applies the perfect amount of hairspray to keep the style in place all day. Now I’m ready for my coffee with another great contraption. . .

Coffee love
A hose runs from my fridge—where I keep the coffee beans—to the grinder. At 5:30 a.m., the hose sucks a pre-measured amount of beans into the grinder. The grinder crushes the beans, and another hose transports the coffee from the grinder to the coffee maker. A third hose from the faucet to the coffee maker pours water into the coffee maker. It flips on and brews the coffee. A robotic arm comes out of the wall and pours the coffee into a mug, then puts it on a conveyor belt, which travels to the love seat where I sit each morning to read my Bible 
and pray.

The only trouble is, if the electricity goes out again, I’ll be forced to dress myself, fix my own hair, and prepare my own coffee. How primitive!
What are your favorite inventions?

P.S. I will be taking a blogging break for a few weeks to rest and recharge. See you soon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Cats: Love 'em or hate 'em?

Whiskery Wisdom

Cats: most people either hate or love them. The haters contend that felines ruin furniture, kill song birds, and consider people their slaves. The lovers argue that cats control rodents, relieve stress, and cover up their poops.
I find my “spoiled brats in fur suits” brimming with wisdom. Here are some insights I’ve learned from the devilish angels:
  • If you fight with the family cats, you won’t have energy left to ward off enemy cats.
  • It’s okay to have whiskers and pointy ears.
  • Look for a patch of sunshine and stay there.
  • Naps are cool.
  • Don’t fuss about your food, or the one who feeds you may start buying a cheaper brand.
  • Purring will get you everywhere.
  • Master the “Shocked and Innocent Look” if someone laughs at you. Better yet, stick your nose in the air and saunter away, pretending you don’t care.
  • Naps are fun.
  • Act as if you know what you’re doing even if you don’t have a clue.
  • Convince those around you how blessed they are to live in the same universe with you.
  • Refuse to give up. If one bird escapes, climb another tree.
  • Naps are refreshing.
Similar to cats, people are a mix of aggravating and endearing qualities. When I’m tempted to dismiss a brother or sister as too ornery to tolerate, I remember how God bears with my faults and stupid mistakes. Receiving His unconditional love frees me to love myself and others, focusing on positive qualities.  
Now if I could convince my husband to see the good in our kitties…

How do you feel about cats? 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Strange Phenomenon of Love

When our 14-year-old cat, Happy, got sick recently, I noticed a strange phenomenon.  I've begun talking to her more, cuddling her more, and my soul has brimmed with more love for her than when she was healthy. I wondered why my heart had grown two sizes for this sick little girl. 

Then it hit me . . . 

In the last year I've spent more time researching what was wrong with Happy and taking her to the vet than I did during the previous 13 years of her life. And since none of my other cats have ever been this ill, I've spent more money on Happy than any of them. 

Because Happy needs me to a greater degree than my healthy kitties, I've invested more in her than in the others. So, I love her more. 

Of course we know that God doesn't love one of his kids more than the others. He doesn't play favorites. But I wonder if he draws closer to us, investing more attention on us when we are hurting. 

I'd like to think so...

If you're hurting or sick today, take comfort in the fact that Jesus is near you and with you. He has invested his very life and blood to make you his own, and he dearly loves you.