God Wants to Play

At a spacious, open park, a little boy squeals in peels of laughter as his father, acting like a bear, chases him through the low grass. The toddler’s short, pudgy legs barely keep him upright as he tries to run faster to escape his father. The father, growling a few times as he extends his

Jesus is the Man of Sorrows

I had a recent dream that terrorized me until I woke up. Then I had peace, knowing that it was all symbolic and God was teaching me something. (Thank goodness I’ve taken a few courses on dream interpretation; otherwise, I might have felt confused or fearful.) The dream? I’m running with a small group in

Challenge Yourself to Learn His Goodness!

Is God always good? Yes. Paul wrote to the Romans to remind them of God’s goodness in their lives: “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to

God is Always Good

Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of Lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. (James 1:17 TPT) God is good! There’s no shadow of turning in him. Meaning, he will never be anything but good

Love Has No Bounds

“First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people.” (1 Timothy 2:1 AMP) The other day, God said to me: “My love is expressed when you pray for people.” Great to know, because sometimes I wonder how to love people.

We Need All of Him

While staying at a Disney resort, I locked myself out of the room. Disney is efficient. They give you a wristband that serves as your key to everything — from your room, to various buildings, to the parks, and to purchase merchandise. Well, I left the room without it — unknowingly that is. I was

Gift of Love

Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of Lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. (James 1:17 TPT) Before I moved into my condo about three months ago, I threw things out and dropped items off

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day! This day isn’t exclusively for couples, but for everyone! It’s a day when you can express love to God, your loved ones, and to yourself. “Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.” (Matthew

Love is a Weapon

What has more destructive power than a nuclear bomb? What can eradicate disease in a single touch? What can eliminate depression? God’s love. His love is so expansive that nothing can hide from its force. Like a team of Navy Seals going into a terrorist cell and slaying all the ISIS fighters in one campaign.

He’s the Most Patient One

But Lord, your nurturing love is tender and gentle. You are slow to get angry, yet so swift to show your faithful love, you are full of abounding grace and truth. (Psalms 86:15 TPT) Consider how much patience Jesus had when he was walking the earth. He’s living daily with his disciples, who are sinners,

How Love Redeems

I enjoy reading or watching love stories. Pride and Prejudice. The Notebook. Do you who else really enjoys them? God. Yes, he’s into romance and redemption. Just read about Esther and Xerxes, David and Abigail, Hosea and Gomer, and you’ll discover loss, love, and redemption–the important elements of a love story. To me, one of

Show Your Heart

Sometimes just saying, “thank you” isn’t enough — you want to do more to show your gratitude. But how? Do you buy something expensive or do something grand? Not necessarily. The key component is—follow your heart. Do what your heart tells you to do. Perhaps you can perform an act of service like washing their car

Community Among Strangers

Recently, my sister and I made our annual trip to Mackinaw Island.  The island is only a hour away from my parents; yet, I feel I’m traveling back in time from the Victorian architecture, cannon blasts from Fort Mackinaw, the motorized vehicle ban to the horse-drawn carriages. Although I’ve visited this island several times, it

The Ziklag Effect

Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire,  and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.

Righteous Steps

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. (Psalms 37: 23-24). Path without Crutches: When I decided to follow God, He placed me on a path.  At first,

Treasure of Delight

4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret

The Inheritance

The Kingdom Inheritance: “Has my son arrived, yet?” asks King George to General Woodward. “Yes, Prince Edward should be entering the Palace at any moment, Your Majesty,” says the General. “Good!” says the King relieved. He had summoned his son to the capital city for three days to celebrate the King’s Golden Anniversary. The Prince

His Delight

Our Delight: My recent trip to Disney was satisfying because we had accomplished our purpose.  My parents, sister Jessica and I wanted Henry (Jessica’s son) to have an awesome time on his first trip to Disney. We planned our days for this purpose, even making lunch reservations at The Crystal Palace where Pooh and his

I Love Myself

Love Yourself: “I love me!” Or “I respect myself!”  Say this out loud a few times. What went through your mind when you said this? The first time I said this, I thought, “How strange to admit that.  Should I say that out loud?  Am I being self-centered or proud?” Then by the second and third

Grace to Love

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10 NKJV) My “Failed” Resolution: Last year I wrote down three New Year’s resolutions, and by the end of the year, I reviewed them. The first resolution was to