Literally, there was nothing more I could do. We had no options left.  We had already been praying for a miracle that my mother-in-law’s passport would arrive in time. The consulate was backlogged for months. There was no end date in time. After a few calls and visits from myContinue Reading

~ A poem ~ I thank you for exchanging your life for mine,  All in the name of love,  Dying on the cross was the finish line.  “It is finished!” Those words were your last,  But what had ended created something anew,  Reconciling sin from Adam’s past.  He is risen,Continue Reading

Hope.  Hope is needed when circumstances look bleak.  Hope is fuel to persevering under pressure.  Hope keeps the faith alive when there’s nothing left to grab onto.  Hope triumphs over negativity when the walls of your world seem to be crumbling all around you. When you don’t have the answers,Continue Reading

“You are not meant to wear Saul’s armor. Beloved, you are an original, not an imitator.  You have been in training since you answered the call. The trials and tears have not gone in vain – they are preparations for the promotion ahead of you. You have fought specific battlesContinue Reading

Vision. Is. Powerful.  Victor Frankl was a holocaust survivor who used to travel and speak about how he survived the concentration camps. He would look at his audience and say, “You are the reason I am alive.” The crowd is naturally confused because they have never met Victor before. HowContinue Reading

“Loose lips sink ships.” While challenging to say ten times fast (try it, I dare you!), its meaning has far more weight behind it. This clever World War II slogan warned civilians and military alike – be careful of what you say. A casual conversation about your loved ones’ whereaboutsContinue Reading

God is doing a new thing, the old is gone, the new is here!

As I was getting ready to write the blog, I felt a tugging from the Holy Spirit to write these words as encouragement to you. May this short entry bless you and release you into all that Christ has for you!  I heard this phrase:  “I am making all thingsContinue Reading

Christmas wasn’t supposed to be like this:  I imagine being surrounded by those we love, cherishing why we are gathered here in the first place: Christ’s birth.  I picture Valerie and I having Christmas breakfast together as we enjoy a carefree time opening presents.  I envision being healthy, going outside,Continue Reading

Life. Gets. Busy.  With Christmas around the corner, it’s only natural to feel the squeeze of holiday obligations. There’s so much to do in so little time! The presents, the festivities, the gatherings… and don’t forget everyday personal responsibilities. As we ease into the Christmas spirit, it can be easyContinue Reading

In several of my conversations within the last couple of weeks, I recognized a common theme: people are going through hardships – real and difficult circumstances. While the scope of the trials varies individually, this season appears to have brought with it a heaviness that makes it difficult for peopleContinue Reading