What Are You Worth?

What Are You Worth?

What a special moment when an athlete climbs the podium to receive their gold medal and hear their anthem played. We watch in awe as their accomplishment crowns them with prestige and honor. But in some cases years, months, or even days later we hear the disturbing news. They have been stripped of their title for one reason or another. One moment gives them dignity and then they are stripped of it.

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Mistakes Aren’t Made by The Maker

Mistakes Aren’t Made by The Maker

Have you ever created something from nothing? Do you craft or cook? Have you manipulated or built something with your hands?

Before my womb exploded with children, I loved to cook. I was no Iron chef but when I plated my culinary creation, I liked to dazzle the eye. The entree was delicately placed on the plate. The side dishes complimented to make the mouth water. And a little garnish was added to give it that something extra. The work of my hands displayed care and connection to my culinary creation.

“Your hands made me and formed me…” (Ps. 119:73a NIV).Continue reading

Making Peace with your Mirror

Making Peace with your Mirror

“Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all?” With magazine covers, red carpets, and a multi-billion dollar fashion industry, this famous line from Snow White is a question and answer we are forced to wrestle with from the time we are little girls.

I have a daughter. Did I mention that yet? I have three strapping sons and then a surprise fourth pregnancy produced a daughter. As I gaze down into her three-month-old eyes, I tell her how I see her.

“You are kind. You are beautiful. You are my pretty girl. My precious one.”

My heart breaks to think that potentially one day she will look in the mirror and believe the antithesis of these truths. That like me, instead of seeing God’s glory in her appearance she will see garbage.Continue reading

3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

The pouty face. Maybe you’ve seen one on your first-born or used it yourself. The eyes that look up under furrowed brows. The plump lower lip thrown in for added affect. The slow motion blinking of thickened eyelashes. An attempt to pull on our heartstrings as they plead for mercy or maybe our money.

How can I say no? How long will my anger last or wallet hold out? How many seconds will go by before I show love through my attitude or actions again? The beauty of exploring our relationship with the good Father is that we learn his heart through the way we treat our own.Continue reading

Finding it Difficult to Feel God’s Love?

Finding it Difficult to Feel God’s Love?

We weren’t going to enjoy our first kiss until my man was ready to say, “I love you”. Think what you may, but for me this was a good plan. It gave significance to our first kiss and sweetness to when he said, “I love you”.

Nowadays I use the word “love” so much its like breezing through a box of Kleenex during a chick flick. Frequent. Not fully utilized. Eventually tossed in the garbage. “I love those shoes.” “I love my husband.” “I love your Tupperware.” “I love my children.” You get the drift.

So when we see this beautiful declaration in 1 John 4, “God is love”. We could casually think, “That is nice,” but then toss it to the side with every other thing we “love”.Continue reading