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WHY WE’RE HERE

He’s So Worth It Ministries is here to help you live life God’s way.
A life that:

  • Permeates with joy, peace, significance, and contentment
  • Pleases God
  • Produces eternal fruit for God’s glory

Living life God’s way may not be easy, but it isn’t complicated.
God clearly shows us how in His Word.

HOW TO GO DEEPER WITH GOD

GOD'S WAY

HOW TO LIVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE

GOD'S WAY

HOW TO CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS

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Recent Blog Posts

Are You Perishing in Your Affliction?

20 Jan 2021

It’s inevitable. There will be times when we all find ourselves in a pit, to one extent or another; when we feel like we’re not going to make it. But you don’t have to feel like you are perishing in your affliction! Read why.

How to Get Out of Our Pits

13 Jan 2021

In a pit? Learn how to grab unto Jesus, your Living Rope of Hope, so He can pull you out!

Seeing Life through Jesus’ Eyes

06 Jan 2021

Has your view on life become distorted? Learn how to see through Jesus’ eyes.

Life’s Challenges Can Be Like Raging Waters

30 Dec 2020

Life’s trials are often like rapids and waterfalls. Sometimes they are just a trickle; other times they are full and raging. Hardships in this life are inevitable. But we have a choice in how we deal with them. We can allow ourselves to be engulfed, consumed, and swept under, or we can go through them “enjoying” the ride.

Jesus, What Do YOU Want for Christmas?

23 Dec 2020

We wrestle with or stress out over what to give to our loved ones for Christmas. But have you ever asked the One we are supposed to love the most, what HE wants for Christmas?

Christmas Gift Guidelines (with a Twist)

16 Dec 2020

This is a humorous guideline for your gift-giving this Christmas—as well as some thought-provoking suggestions at the end. It is the author’s gift to you.

What Would Bring God the MOST Glory?

09 Dec 2020

All of us have challenging circumstances we have to face. Asking this question: “In my situation, what would give God the greatest glory?” will greatly help us to accept and turn around our negative situation.

Are You Worrying? What If the Worst Thing DID Happen?

02 Dec 2020

Sometimes what we fear the most does happen. Learn the secret God taught me to alleviate my anxiety of what if the worst “what if” came true!

We Can Accept God’s Will WITHOUT Understanding

25 Nov 2020

Just like we don’t need to understand everything about beauty or color in order to appreciate it, we don’t need to know and understand God’s will in order to accept it.

Surrender Part 3: What Does “Dying to Self” mean?

18 Nov 2020

“A Living Sacrifice”, “Dead to Sin”, “Crucified with Christ”, and “Dying to Self” are difficult ideas to grasp. Yet it is a repeated theme in the New Testament and essential if we want to live God’s way. Getting our minds wrapped around these biblical terms will help us learn how to truly live by dying to self.

Surrender Part 2: 7 Reasons Why We Don’t Surrender and 7 Ways to Change

11 Nov 2020

Why don’t we surrender to God and walk through the door that leads to the abundant life Jesus promised? Learn the 7 reasons why we may not be willing to submit and how to change.

Surrender: Part 1—Why Should We Surrender?

04 Nov 2020

Many of us truly want to live for God, but it’s hard. We need a new way of looking at submission and some motivation as to WHY we should surrender.

God Wants to Use You—No Matter Your Makeup!

28 Oct 2020

You are uniquely different from everyone else on the planet; yet all of us are equally valuable to God’s plan! Are you letting your heavenly Trainer lead you to fulfill your God-given purpose?

Are You Being Tamed by Your Heavenly Trainer?

21 Oct 2020

God doesn’t want us to live unbridled, frenzied, and ineffective lives for His Kingdom—living for self and not Him or others. If we don’t want to remain like an unruly horse that is unusable, we must let God tame us—not to break our spirit, but to break our will.

Creation: God’s Revelation of Himself

14 Oct 2020

That sense of awe we get when we see the Milky Way or the Grand Canyon is God revealing Himself to us—His glory and attributes. The more we know Him the more we will love our magnificent Creator!

What Will We Be Doing in Heaven?

07 Oct 2020

A “sanctified imagination” of our heavenly home will help us during the hardships of life!

Feeling Lonely? 8 Tips in Overcoming Loneliness

30 Sep 2020

The human race has been plagued with loneliness ever since the fall of mankind, and this pandemic has certainly increased our aloneness. But we can know that we are not alone in our aloneness!

God Moments: Touches of His Presence

23 Sep 2020

God’s revelations of Himself spur us on to persevere during the hard times. They are foretastes of heaven. They help us know it’ll be worth it—that He’ll be worth it!

Are You Too busy to Sense God’s Presence?

16 Sep 2020

If you want to sense God’s presence, you’ll need to spend time with Him.

Our Compassionate Father Cannot Heal from Afar—Only Up Close

09 Sep 2020

Most of us just want our problems fixed; our pain removed. We want God to wave His “magic wand” from afar and make it disappear! We want God to treat the symptom without getting to the root cause. The process is too painful. We’d rather just avoid the issue. But God doesn’t work that way.

Increased Capacity: The Wonderful Cycle of Knowing God

02 Sep 2020

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the presence of God and think, “How can it ever get better than this?!” And then it does! Find out how this is possible!

Impossible Dreams Can Come True

26 Aug 2020

Sometimes God DOES give us our dreams! Read how one of mine came true.

Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Becoming a Seasoned Hiker

19 Aug 2020

Experience is the best teacher. The more you do something the better you become. The same is true in our spiritual walk toward maturity.

Putting on our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Crossing the Streams of Life

12 Aug 2020

One of the the biggest lessons I gleaned from this hiking experience is that we need wisdom as well as perseverance.

Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Lessons from Mt Ida

05 Aug 2020

Many important lessons can be learned even from the most difficult circumstances of life.

Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Lessons Learned from Hiking

29 Jul 2020

I have learned many spiritual lessons as I’ve trampled along hiking trails. Although trekking through life is probably an often used metaphor, you may not have heard it from a hiker’s point of view!

Is Your Sense of Worth Wrapped Up ONLY in What You Do?

22 Jul 2020

Our sense of worth is wrapped up in what we do—and we don’t even realize it.

What is Spiritual Fruit—that Will Last?

15 Jul 2020

What did Jesus mean when He said He appointed us to bear fruit that will last? What does it look like and how do you do it?

What is the Fruit of the Spirit? Getting the RIGHT Perspective

08 Jul 2020

We all want love, joy, and peace in our lives—part of the Fruit of the Spirit. But I found out that I had a totally wrong perspective!

Certainty in Uncertain Times

01 Jul 2020

It is true that what lies ahead is uncertain to us, but it is not uncertain to our all-knowing God. We can be CERTAIN in Him!

Turning Your Fear of Failure into Faith

24 Jun 2020

Don’t let your perfectionism keep you from moving forward!

Why “Hinds’ Feet on High Places” is My Favorite Allegory

17 Jun 2020

Metaphors help us grasp difficult-to understand concepts about God. Read an excerpt from this classic allegory that inspired a new allegory, “The Master’s Garden: An Allegory of Abiding in the Vine.”

The Master’s Garden- Excerpt

10 Jun 2020

New book release! “The Master’s Garden: An Allegory of Abiding in the Vine.” This witty tale will teach you what it truly means to abide in Christ, the Vine!

Is Your Relationship with God Only One-sided?

03 Jun 2020

Find out the one HUGE fact that can change your relationship with God drastically!

Those Sneaky Pesky Weeds in the Garden of Our Hearts!

27 May 2020

Our hearts need to be like a well-tended garden! Otherwise sin sneaks in and take over!

What Can Be Gained in the Loss a Pet?

20 May 2020

Nothing has to be wasted-even the pain of losing a beloved pet. See the new insights God taught me with this sadness!

God Wants to SHOW OFF through YOU During this Pandemic!

13 May 2020

When we don’t understand what God is doing, it could be that He is setting up to SHOW OFF—to display His great power and glory to the world through you!

More Tactics to Use AGAINST the Enemy of Your Soul

06 May 2020

See how Satan tries to use our weaknesses to make us think we’ve lost a battle with him.

Our “SECRET” Piece of Equipment and How to Use It Against the Enemy

29 Apr 2020

Learn 2 strategic ways to use God’s Word against the enemy in the day to day situations of your life.

CHRIST’S BOOT CAMP: Training Ground for a Victorious Life

22 Apr 2020

At Christ’s training camp you will get physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in shape. That is key to living a victorious life in and for Christ. Your goal is to get and stay in shape so that you can have energy and stamina for serving your General.

You’re in the Army Now—That is, Christ’s Army!

15 Apr 2020

Like it or not, when you became a Christian you automatically became involved in a spiritual battle. But be encouraged Christ has already won the war!

Struggling as a Christian is NORMAL—We Are in a BATTLE!

08 Apr 2020

Learn why we still struggle in living the Christian life!

Having a Pity-Party? 10 Tips on How to Leave!

01 Apr 2020

Are you stuck in a pity-party? Are you tired of your ever-present companions of self-deprecation, discouragement, doubt, despair, and discontentment? Here are 10 Tips to Help You Leave that Pity Party!

How to be More Patient-Part 5: Understanding Our Enemy

25 Mar 2020

To be more patient we need to understand our enemy who’s trying desperately to usurp your effort. Here are 7 things you must know about the devil.

How to be More Patient-Part 4: Understanding Ourselves

18 Mar 2020

Understanding ourselves is key to becoming more patient person.

How to be More Patient-Part 3: Understanding Others

10 Mar 2020

4 keys to understanding others that will help you become more patient.

How to be More Patient – Part 2: Understanding Time and Purpose

04 Mar 2020

Many of us want to be more patient, but struggle to do it. What we’re lacking is the know-how. Understanding time and purpose is our first step in learning to be more patient.

How to be More Patient: Part 1

26 Feb 2020

Are you tired of losing your patience with life and others? Learn how to have a more calm, contented, and constructive life by becoming more patient.

How to Know God’s Will: A Personal Example

19 Feb 2020

Want to see how to apply a proven method of determining God’s will? Read this personal account and be amazed along with me at God’s faithfulness!

A Proven Method to KNOW God’s Will: A 10 Step Process- Part 2

12 Feb 2020

Want to know how to determine God’s will in an given situation? Here’s part 2 of a proven method that I have used repeatedly with success!

A Proven Method to KNOW God’s Will: A 10 Step Process-Part 1

05 Feb 2020

Want to decrease your anxiety level of how to know God’s will in an given situation? Here’s part 1 of a proven method that I have used repeatedly with success!

6 Hindrances to Knowing God’s Will

29 Jan 2020

Can’t seem to hear what God is telling you to do? Learn the 6 reasons why you may not be hearing God’s answer.

How to KNOW God’s Will: Part 1

22 Jan 2020

Want to make the right and God-honoring decision in any given situation? Learn how in this series, “How to Know God’s will.”

5 Tips in Adjusting to Change More Quickly

15 Jan 2020

Life is always changing. Learn how to adjust more quickly to them.

Why Miracle-Openmindedness Leads to the Abundant Life

08 Jan 2020

What is a miracle? How you define it greatly affects the way you live life!

Looking Back so We Can Look Forward

01 Jan 2020

Before we make any new goals, we need to look back and see what God has done; to see our successes and failures through His eyes.  

Missing Someone this Christmas? What to Do with those Painful Memories

25 Dec 2019

Everywhere you turn you see them—especially during the Christmas season. -in the smile of a child -in the melody of a song -in that hanging ornament -in the smell of a Balsam fir -in that special Christmas treat that used to be their favorite -around the Christmas dinner table -in that family tradition of…. You […]

Many Packages But Only ONE is Truly Full!

18 Dec 2019

Come Christmas morning there will be many packages under most of our trees—of many shapes and sizes; some elaborate, some simple. But only one of them contains true happiness!

Going Deeper with God May Mean Going into Deep Waters

11 Dec 2019

If you want to go deeper with God in your relationship, then you must be willing to go down into deep waters. But God wants to use these down times to bring us closer to Him.

How to Go Deeper with God

04 Dec 2019

Find out how to go deeper with God in this unusual and interesting metaphor of scuba diving!

Giving Thanks for the Ordinary Leads to EXTRAORDINARY Gratitude!

27 Nov 2019

Thinking and thanking God for the ordinary things and their ramifications will make us appreciate EVERYTHING more.

How to Live God’s Way—Simplified

20 Nov 2019

Living God’s way is not as complicated as you might think.

5 Reasons Why God’s Way is BEST

13 Nov 2019

Find out the reasons why God’s way is indeed the BEST way to live!

Understanding God’s Way Part 2: His Ways are Not Our Ways

06 Nov 2019

What does “His ways are NOT our ways” mean?

Understanding the Ways of God: Part 1

30 Oct 2019

Can we really understand the ways of God? The Lord has revealed them to us. We can know them by seeking with all our hearts.

Let’s Go to the Movies: Keeping the BIG Picture of Eternity Before Us

23 Oct 2019

Did you know that keeping an eternal perspective will help you experience the abundant life Christ promised in John 10:10?

The Abundant Life: Meaning, Reaping, and KEEPING-Part 3

16 Oct 2019

We can never lose our eternal life, but we can forfeit the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10. Learn the 9 keys in KEEPING it.

The Abundant Life: Meaning, REAPING, and Keeping – Part 2

09 Oct 2019

The promise Jesus made in Jn 10:10: “I have come that they might have life… more abundantly” is available but not automatic. Find out how to reap the abundant life.

The Abundant Life: MEANING, Reaping, and Keeping-Part 1

02 Oct 2019

Wondering what Jesus meant when he said, “I have come that they might have life… more abundantly” in John 10:10? A look at the meaning of the abundant life. (Part 1)

I Came to Give You Life More ABUNDANTLY

25 Sep 2019

An abundant life: What did Jesus mean when He said, “I Came to Give You Life More ABUNDANTLY?” in John 10:10

Help For Us Emotional Yoyos: 7 Keys to Effectively Manage Your Emotions

18 Sep 2019

Are you an emotional yoyo like me? Up and down in how you feel? Thinking you are destined to act in accordance with your mood? What are we to do?! Is there no hope for us? More than 10 years ago I became sick and tired of being dominated by my feelings, but I didn’t know […]

I’ll Always Be an Emotional YO-YO and How I Deal with It

11 Sep 2019

I have to face it! I’ll always be an emotional yo-yo—up and down in what I’m feeling. I want to stay high or at least even-keeled, happy, and always at peace. But that’s an unrealistic goal for me—at least in this fallen world. I must learn to deal with it. Maybe some of you are […]

Laying Down Our Feelings Produces BETTER Feelings

04 Sep 2019

Raging emotions. They cause such havoc in our lives; frequently leading us to sinful responses against God and others! It isn’t wrong to feel angry, but it is to retaliate. But it’s such a fight, often requiring every ounce of our being not to succumb! So how do we keep our joy and peace from being […]

Enjoying the Free-fall During Leaps of Faith

28 Aug 2019

Although I think jumping out of airplanes for fun is crazy, I think it accurately describes what a leap of faith feels like. We feel desperate, out of control; squealing cries of fear because we are totally helpless; in need of a rescuer. God allows hopeless situations into our lives because He wants us desperate […]

Are You Running Ahead, Lagging Behind, or Going Alongside God?

21 Aug 2019

  I wrote this blog earlier this year and I wanted to give you an update on the issue I mention in this blog. So watch for some exciting news at the end! ~~~~~ Are you like me? With the tendency to run ahead of God? I am a doer and I have a hard time […]

Increased Capacity: The Wonderful Cycle of Knowing God

14 Aug 2019

You’re sitting there, overwhelmed with the presence of God. You’re singing praises, utterly grateful for God’s love and the saving of your soul. “How can it ever get better than this?!” You feel so complete, contented, and loved. Then something else happens. God comes through once again in a miraculous way, answers an impossible prayer, […]

More Tactics to Use AGAINST the Enemy of Your Soul

07 Aug 2019

Whenever you step out and start serving the Lord, Satan isn’t happy. He will try to discourage you. That’s what’s been happening to me. My last few blogs have been on spiritual warfare and how to defeat our greatest enemy. I knew going in that I was going to jostle the hornet’s nest in writing […]

Using Our “SECRET” Piece of Equipment to Defeat Our Enemy: 2 Strategic Keys

31 Jul 2019

You’ve heard it over and over again—get into God’s Word. You know you should but can’t seem to make time for it. Perhaps you’ve tried but you got stuck (like in Leviticus). Maybe you just didn’t understand it, didn’t know where to start, or didn’t get much out of it. So you stopped. There are […]

CHRIST’S BOOT CAMP: Training Ground for a Victorious Life

24 Jul 2019

You’re waiting at the station for the bus to take you to boot camp. You’re nervous, scared; not knowing what to expect. You’re leaving an awful lot behind. Will all this be worth it? Did I scare some of you in my last blog—that if you believe in Jesus as your Savior you’re in Christ’s army? I hope […]

You’re In the Army Now—that is, Christ’s Army!

17 Jul 2019

When I became a Christian I didn’t understand that I had actually enlisted into the army of  Christ. I don’t think most of us do, unless you live in a country where Christians are severely persecuted for believing in Jesus. Even after I recognized that we Christians are in spiritual warfare with the enemy of […]

Are You Struggling as a Christian? Satan’s Tactic Revealed

10 Jul 2019

Do you ever struggle? With repeated sin issues, with desiring to change a bad habit or to follow through with your resolutions—only to fail again? What in the world is going on? We’re at war with the enemy of God and our souls! I think many of us believe that there shouldn’t be a struggle once […]

5 Steps in How to Actually Deal with Pain

19 Jun 2019

Pain. It’s a BIG topic. Dealing with it can be difficult. However, the Lord has shown us that we do not have to be overcome by the hardships of life. As I said last time, in order to deal with our pain properly we need to be Open-minded, Open-handed, and Open-hearted Now with this open attitude, […]

How to ACTUALLY Deal with Pain: Part 1

12 Jun 2019

How do you actually deal with pain? It’s easy to just spout off a list of do’s and don’ts or a bunch of key verses like, “Consider it pure joy…; Rejoice in the Lord always…” (Jas 1:2, Phil 4:4). But how do you really do it? Having experienced a lot of pain in my life, like many of […]

Minimizing our Pain/Maximizing its Benefits: Part 3 Joy Despite Pain

05 Jun 2019

Pain doesn’t have to destroy or debilitate us. As I said 2 weeks ago I’ve discovered three wonderful truths about pain. I covered the first 2 truths in the previous blogs: Pain doesn’t have to be wasted and it can be minimized. Now onto my favorite—joy despite the presence of pain. I’ve written about this many times before and […]

Minimizing our Pain/Maximizing its Benefits: Part 2

29 May 2019

Pain. It’s unavoidable! But believe it or not, we cause so much of it ourselves—needlessly. The way we respond to the daily circumstances of our lives will determine how much of that pain will be unnecessary. But you did not listen to me, declares the Lord, and you have provoked me with what your hands have made, […]

Minimizing our Pain/Maximizing its Benefits: Part 1

22 May 2019

No one likes pain—of any kind, whether it’s physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual. But since pain in this world is inevitable (Jn 16:33), we need to learn how to handle it. And guess what. I have discovered 3 wonderful things about pain: 1. Pain doesn’t have to be wasted. 2. Pain can be minimized. 3. There can be […]

Don’t Be Content with Only a Surface Understanding of God!

15 May 2019

Angie is sitting at the bedside of her beloved mother. She’s been ill for such a long time. Fervently Angie has prayed for God’s healing. But her mom is not only still sick but rapidly failing. “Why hasn’t God healed her? Doesn’t He care? He’s healed other people miraculously. Why won’t He do the same […]

The Red Flag of Ho-hum Christianity—and 10 Tips to Prevent it!

01 May 2019

Every time I: See a Passion Play Think of how God saved me from an eternity in hell Recall that moment in time when the “Hound of Heaven” caught me; when my eyes were open to the truth of the gospel Think how wonderfully different my life in Christ is Remember how I have been […]

The Miracle of Our New Life in Christ

24 Apr 2019

Easter is my favorite holiday (actually I prefer the term holy day). But this year Easter was even more special because it was also my spiritual birthday. 34 years ago Jesus saved this poor soul from spending eternity in hell! I never get tired of thinking of what Christ did for me on that momentous day. Let […]

The Beauty of an Ugly Cross

17 Apr 2019

As I look around this world, I see God’s beauty everywhere—in the mountains, birds, flowers, sunsets—my kitty. I can only imagine how much more beautiful the Creator of all this must be! That’s outward beauty. But I also see His beauty in—a mother nursing her child in the wee hours of the night, a daughter […]

Our Newness in Christ Awakens a New Song in Our Hearts!

10 Apr 2019

It’s spring! Trees are budding out. Forsythias and daffodils cheer us with their bright yellow blooms. Everything is coming to life with new growth after a long seemingly dead winter. All this newness refreshes our spirits and renews our hope. (Plus spring gets me itching to go hiking so I can learn new lessons!) I […]

What does “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” Mean?

03 Apr 2019

Nehemiah said, “…This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh 8:10) We’ve heard it, sang it, but what do the words “The joy of the Lord is my strength” really mean? For a long time I was clueless to its meaning. So… What is the joy […]

A Sure Fire Way to Get Out of the Doldrums

27 Mar 2019

I wrote this blog originally about 5 years ago, but these truths are timeless and worth revisiting. So here we go: ~~~~~ I’ve been feeling down a lot lately—not constantly, but too frequently for my tastes. One of the reasons has been chronic back pain. Being in pain has always been difficult for me. Can […]

God: Our BEST Encourager

20 Mar 2019

Where do you go when you need encouragement? As you saw in my last blog, God knows exactly how to comfort us and that we don’t even need to wait for it. So why wouldn’t we automatically turn to Him first to meet our needs? Because we often just don’t know any better! I remember a […]

No WAITING Necessary with This Prayer!

13 Mar 2019

We all hate to wait. We want it and we want it NOW! It’s part of our human nature. But this attitude doesn’t please the Lord. How do I know? Because He has repeatedly told us so in His Word and He’s convicted me a bunch! So I have been seriously working on this for […]

Seeing Yourself as God Does

06 Mar 2019

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zep 3:17) I’ve suffered for many years with a low self-image. That’s because I was looking at myself through my eyes and not God’s. God made […]

Exercising Our Will Muscle Part 4: 3 Keys in Making Discipline Pleasurable

27 Feb 2019

Learning how to discipline ourselves is a huge topic, way more than I can cover in this series. So in this last blog I’d like to focus on how to make the process more enjoyable, or at least less painful. I also have a free resource for you. Here are 3 Keys to help change […]

Exercising Your Will Muscle Part 3: 10 Steps to Lasting Change

20 Feb 2019

We need help in making God-honoring changes in our lives. Last time I covered the 1st 5 steps to achieve lasting change. Here’s the rest. 6. Evaluate your failures  Instead of constantly berating yourself, evaluate why you failed. Use your defeat to propel you forward. Were your defenses down due to tiredness, stress, or some […]

Exercising Our Will “Muscle” Part 2: 10 Steps to Lasting Change

13 Feb 2019

All of us struggle in changing habits. We often fail because it takes consistent and hard discipline. But the good news is you can learn to train yourself, and even come to enjoy your new routine! Here are the first 5 of 10 steps to help you make those lasting changes. 1. Determine your reason […]

Exercising Our Will “Muscle” Part 1: Learning to ENJOY Discipline

06 Feb 2019

I can’t help it! Just this once. I’ll start tomorrow. Just one more bite…. Ever find yourself saying these things? We all have. But how do we change? How do we stop a bad habit or begin a new one? By exercising our will “muscle.” Most of us have flabby muscles when it comes to […]

Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Becoming a Seasoned Hiker

30 Jan 2019

We all know it—experience is the best teacher. The more you do something the better you become. The more you hike, the stronger your hiking muscles. And the greater your stamina and perseverance to reach your destination. As you gain more experience in the different types of trails and difficulty, you become more confident in […]

Putting on our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Crossing the Streams of Life

23 Jan 2019

Early on in our hiking days Ed and I seldom encountered stream crossings—until we started hiking the Smokies. On one such trail, we encountered many of these streams. And they were much bigger than I was used to! My fear of slipping and seriously getting hurt made me want to turn around. I had never learned […]

Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Lessons from Mt Ida

16 Jan 2019

There we were, 20 years ago hiking up Mount Ida in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It was a tough 5 mile trek up to the nearly 13,000′ peak—a significant climb even if you are in good shape which Ed and I were back then. What made this hike especially difficult were the many […]

Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Lessons Learned from Hiking

09 Jan 2019

As many of you know I love to hike, and I have learned many spiritual lessons as I’ve trampled along trails. Although trekking through life is probably an overused metaphor I’m going to use it anyway—from a hiker’s point of view. Lesson #1 The Right trail Just like you don’t want to wander through life, […]

Elizabeth: A Mentor to the Mother of Jesus (& a sneak peak into their conversation)

26 Dec 2018

Did you ever wonder what transpired during Mary’s 3-month visit with her cousin, Elizabeth? After receiving news from God that she was to be the mother of the Messiah, she needed someone she could confide in and rejoice with. She must have had a close relationship or at least a deep respect and admiration for […]

Why our Souls are Stirred at Christmas

19 Dec 2018

It happens to me every year—whenever I hear certain Christmas carols like— O Holy Night and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. I get choked up; my emotions overtaking me. What about you? Why is that?

Preoccupied with Christ

12 Dec 2018

If we want to stop being engulfed and overwhelmed with life, we need to do life God’s way and become preoccupied with Christ and His agenda instead of own.

Getting a Glimpse of God’s Glory

05 Dec 2018

When we get caught up in the details and lose sight of the big picture, we get discouraged. We need to remember why we are here—our purpose, which is to bring glory to God. “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Is 43:7) Getting […]

Zooming Out: Keeping the BIG Picture in Mind

28 Nov 2018

I have to be honest with you. Adjusting to my new location has been a lot harder than I expected. I knew it would be hard, but not this hard! I have too often found myself engulfed once again with my emotions. The Lord showed me that I had lost perspective. I needed to zoom […]

EXTRAVAGANT Love

21 Nov 2018

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 Jn 3:1) We are not deserving of this type of extravagant love.

Feeling Lonely? 8 Tips in Overcoming Loneliness

07 Nov 2018

Do you ever feel lonely? I often do. That’s why sensing the presence of God is so important to me. But I know I am not alone in my aloneness. The human race has been plagued with this malady ever since the fall of mankind. There are many reasons why someone might feel lonely—even when not […]

Sensing God’s Presence

31 Oct 2018

I’m at a place in my life where I relish the times with my Lord in the mornings. I’m a writer, speaker, and teacher and need desperately to stay connected with Him and His Word. But the busyness of the past 2 months has greatly disrupted those precious times. With all the details and aspects […]

Impossible Dreams Can Come True

24 Oct 2018

Do you have a dream? Something you want to accomplish or see happen in your life or in those you love that seems impossible? Whatever it is, I pray it’s an unselfish one in which God will be glorified. Not all of our dreams come true but… Sometimes God does give us our dreams. I […]

Determining God’s Will Part 2: When You Can’t Seem to Hear

03 Oct 2018

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”  (Jer 33:3) Figuring out what God wants us to do can be difficult at times. However, since the Lord does want us to know His will [see last blog], we can discern what it is. Often we […]

We Choose How We Look at Life

19 Sep 2018

I’ve lived in an apartment for the last 2 years. It has certainly been way different than living in my home with a beautiful garden. One of the biggest changes has been in the view: from attractive to ugly. If I look down I see a large ugly parking lot and a stinky dumpster. But […]

Laughter: Balm for the Soul-An Oldie but Goodie

12 Sep 2018

In light of my upcoming move and lack of time, I’ve decided to replay one of my favorite blogs for you. I need the reminder to laugh in the middle of all this craziness. Perhaps you do too. ~~~~~ Laughter—oh what an awesome gift! I’m currently working on my next toastmaster’s speech. The project is […]

Complete in THIS Present Moment

05 Sep 2018

  For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Col 2:9-10)* We are complete in Christ! I love this concept, for I used to always think I was inadequate in everything. 2 Peter […]

Are you Too Busy? Let God be Your Plate-Spinner

29 Aug 2018

School is here for most of you and there are a million things to do and juggle. And while I’m not in school or have kids there, I’m moving in 3 weeks! Yikes! If we’re not careful we will become frazzled complainers and poor example-setters for those around us. A few years ago my kind […]

Uncertain times? An Opportunity to Increase Your Faith

22 Aug 2018

Transition is hard. Most people don’t like change. Although some do. For me, it depends on what that change is! I’m moving again. Two years ago I moved from my wonderful home and garden of 23 years to an apartment. That was tough! This time I’m moving out of state—different location, different church, different people…. […]

Engulfed by Or Riding through Life’s Challenges—YOU CHOOSE

15 Aug 2018

If the LORD had not been on our side…the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away. (Ps 124:1, 4-5) I love to hike and I love word pictures—as you are probably aware of by now if you’ve been reading my blogs. Recently I went to […]

WHOSE am I? Rights—What Rights?

01 Aug 2018

“Oh no! Not again!” I thought when a chronic health issue resurfaced recently. I was disappointed and dismayed. And I certainly had a hard time giving thanks in it, even though I am right in the middle of teaching a class on Choosing Gratitude. When my health issue didn’t improve right away, it was even harder […]

Ahhhhhhhhh! Relief from the Burden of Guilt!

25 Jul 2018

In my last 2 blogs, I’ve given you 8 steps on how to release your burdens. Now I want to specifically address one type—the most important one—Guilt. My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. (Ps 38:4) Did you know there are 2 kinds of guilt? False guilt and good guilt. How can guilt ever […]

Ahhhhhhhhh! 8 Steps in Getting Relief from Our Burdens: Part 2

18 Jul 2018

We don’t have to live downtrodden; carrying such heavy loads. We have help. Last time I gave you 3 steps in relieving your burdens. Here are 5 more. Step 4: Allow the Holy Spirit to enable you. By cooperating with God, the Holy Spirit will not only teach you but enable you to bear your load. […]

Ahhhhhhhhh! 8 Steps in Getting Relief from Our Burdens: Part 1

11 Jul 2018

Life is hard, filled with as many types of burdens as there are grains of sand. But life can also be good. Our heart-breakers need not be back-breakers! We can be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome this heart-breaking world (Jn 16:33). How, you may ask? God’s Word tells us. The answer can be found primarily in […]

Ahhhhhhhhh! Getting RELIEF from Our Burdens

04 Jul 2018

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mat 11:28) Today is the 4th of July in which we celebrate the freedom of our country. Yet how many of us are walking around in this free country not truly free? We are so heavily burdened with the […]

Go Ahead—Think About It; Only Do It with God!

27 Jun 2018

It’s 3 a.m. You can’t get back to sleep. That “issue” keeps invading your mind. You’ve prayed, given it to the Lord, chosen to trust Him, yet your mind is bombarded with the replay of that negative situation or a myriad of what if’s. “Am I sinning?” now runs through your mind, adding to your […]

Our BIG God in the Minutest Details

20 Jun 2018

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one,  and calls them each by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength,  not one of them is missing. (Is 40:26, emphasis added) Look up at the sky on a clear night out in […]

Are You Drifting through Life? The Necessity of Specificity 

13 Jun 2018

Drifting through life, living unfocused and in ambiguity. That describes many people. Does it describe you? Why do so many live like that? There are many reasons—lack of knowledge, lack of intentionality, lack of motivation, lack of purpose…. Let me give you one more: Lack of specificity We too often think and act in generalities. Take […]

I DARE You… to Pray THIS Prayer!

06 Jun 2018

It was many years ago. I was just doing some chores around the house, thinking about God, enjoying the sense of His presence. I had had a good quiet time with my Savior that morning, though nothing extraordinary. I hadn’t just come out of any recent rebellion, where I felt the weight and guilt of […]

7 Tips to Help You Refocus During a Meltdown

30 May 2018

There you are, feeling like someone pushed you out of the plane without a parachute—freefalling again! You simply cannot stop thinking about this all-consuming issue. What do you do? Worry, fret, or pray? We are told to pray in times like these (Phil 4:6-7). But is that all we can do during meltdown moments? As […]

Freefalling—Again! Learning from Our Trials

23 May 2018

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)* I was telling someone at church this week that you are either in a trial, coming out of a trial, […]

MORE than Compensated!

16 May 2018

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (Mat 10:38-39)* Living sacrificially is a much-repeated theme in Scripture. Jesus spoke of it […]

Chill Out! 3 Keys to Relaxing in the Craziness of Life

18 Apr 2018

“Instead of trying to fit this day into a preconceived mold, relax and be on the lookout for what I am doing. This mind-set will free you to enjoy Me and to find what I have planned for you to do. This is far better than trying to make things go according to your own […]

What It Means to Abide in Christ—One more Key Point: Dying to Self

04 Apr 2018

Last week I explained to you what I thought it meant to abide in Christ. It means: Living with Jesus Living in His Word Living out in obedience But I need to add one more. Last week was Passion Week. While contemplating upon the sobering truths of Christ’s last days on earth, the Lord showed […]

Bearing Lasting Fruit—and LOTS of It!

28 Mar 2018

“I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (Jn 15:5,16) What did Jesus mean we would bear fruit that will last? Was He talking about a good education for your kids, a happy marriage, or a successful job? Although these things could produce a lasting effect, I […]

Getting the RIGHT Perspective of the Fruit of the Spirit

21 Mar 2018

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23) I want the Fruit of the Spirit, don’t you? I want to have all the love, joy, and peace that I can. But come to find out —I had it backwards! A tree produces fruit to benefit others, […]

10 Ways to Help You RECOGNIZE God’s Handiwork

14 Mar 2018

Worries, stress—they can prevent us from seeing God’s handiwork. Problems distort our vision and our ability to hear God. But make no mistake about it—God is at work. When we know that, we’ll keep from despairing. Plus, developing spiritual eyes (faith) pleases God (Heb 11:6). Here’s how to recognize God’s activity: 1. Believe that God […]

10 Tips to Help You GIVE IT UP to God

07 Mar 2018

Is God asking you to do something that you just don’t want to do? Has He allowed a major difficulty in your life that you just can’t accept? You feel miserable. The issue is ever before you—always on your mind. There’s a battle of the wills going on—yours versus God’s. That lack of peace and “where […]

My Favorite Word Picture for Submission

28 Feb 2018

A flowing scarf, grass rustling in the slightness breeze, a buoy staying afloat despite tumultuous waves. These are all word pictures that connote a compliant spirit. And, of course, there’s the Scriptural picture of moldable clay. “…Can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of […]

Submission: A BEAUTIFUL Word

21 Feb 2018

Picture a colorful scarf blowing in the breeze. Its movements are one of grace and beauty. Just looking at it puts a smile on your face. Even after being blown about severely, it’s beauty remains, none the worse for wear. Now take that same scarf and starch it. It still has beauty, although diminished. But when strong […]

A Key to Spiritual Growth: Self Evaluation WITH the Holy Spirit

14 Feb 2018

Christians, young or old in the faith, want to grow and become more like Christ. But how do you do that? One key to this growth process is allowing the Lord to show you specifically where you fall short. We all fall short, but not necessarily in the same place. We need the Lord to tell us what […]

What Does God Expect of Us?

07 Feb 2018

Does God expect us to be perfect? Some of us think so. But that isn’t the truth!

Great Expectations?

31 Jan 2018

Disappointments—life is full of them. The weather bungled your vacation. Your child is doing poorly in school. That romantic night with your husband was spent watching football on TV. God didn’t answer your prayer in the way you wanted. Expect means: to look forward to; regard as likely to happen; anticipate the occurrence or the […]

Learning to be Content: A Personal Example

24 Jan 2018

It was December 5, 2005. A home remedy* for cleaning rugs nearly killed me! Although my life was spared, my nasal passages were not. I tried to remedy the injury myself, but only worsened it! (I hadn’t learned my lesson yet about home remedies.) Now my taste and smell were greatly distorted. This problem was […]

Learning to be Content Part 7: The Last 4 of 7 Keys in How

17 Jan 2018

Oh, how I pray these tips have helped you become more content! So far in our learning how to be content we’ve covered: 1. Putting God first 2. Getting the right outlook by developing an eternal perspective. developing a delayed gratification mindset. decreasing our expectations of self and others, while increasing our expectations of God. not comparing ourselves […]

Learning to be Content Part 6: Two More Keys in How

09 Jan 2018

Last time I discussed the number one key in how to be content—God first. Next in line is having the correct perspective. Get the Right Outlook I’ve talked about this in part 2 of our series in having the right definition of contentment, but here are the specific areas in which to have the right perspective. Develop an Eternal […]

Learning to be Content Part 5: The Biggest Key in How

02 Jan 2018

Learning—that’s the operative word here. We’re not born content. I just love the way the Lord tells us not only what to do but how to do it! He gives us the knowledge in His Word and then empowers us to carry it out as we do our part. In these next 3 blogs, I […]

I Want More of Jesus!

20 Dec 2017

We often sing songs about our need of God, wanting more of Him, more of Jesus. Why is that our heart’s cry? Because we want our needs and desires met and have come to understand Jesus is the only way to have them fulfilled. More of Jesus equates to more abundant living. There are some […]

Learning to be Content Part 4: Signs and Sources of Discontentment

12 Dec 2017

Amy and Beth sat having coffee. Beth murmured, “I don’t get it! Doesn’t Jack know he’s hurting me by going to that ballgame? He seems to irritate me on purpose. He never cares about how I feel. Do you know what he did the other night He? just doesn’t get it!” What’s Beth’s problem? She […]

Learning to be Content Part 3: Satisfying Unmet Needs and Desires

05 Dec 2017

Needs. Desires. We all have them, and they are as varied as we are.  Some of these longings are legitimate, some are not. We each were created with the core needs of love, acceptance, significance, security, companionship, and hope. However, some of our needs are really just wants. And some of our desires don’t align with […]

Learning to be Content Part 2: Getting the RIGHT Perspective

28 Nov 2017

What is your definition of contentment? If you think it means NO challenges, pain, or stress, then you will never live a contented life on earth! Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world (Jn 16:33). Yet God wants us to be content, and even commands us to be (Heb 13:5). So we need […]

Learning to be Content- Part 1: Gratitude Flows from a Contented Heart

21 Nov 2017

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. As we partake in our turkey feast, many will be going through that wonderful tradition of naming something for which we are grateful. But what if you are not grateful? Inwardly you groan; desperately hoping you aren’t the first one to speak so you can figure out what in the world […]

Keeping Eternity in Mind THIS Moment in Time

14 Nov 2017

Show me, O LORD, my life’s end  and the number of my days;  let me know how fleeting is my life. (Ps 39:4)* None of us know when our last day—our last moment will be. I want to make a lasting impact for my King; make every moment count. And that’s a good thing. I […]

Enjoying Foretastes of Heaven NOW

24 Oct 2017

I can’t wait til heaven! I am so sick of all this mess! I hear that a lot. I even say it a bunch myself. And we are to have an eternal perspective, looking to Jesus. Meanwhile, is there no joy here? Is it just one constant trial after another with no reprieve, no end […]

When You Don’t Understand Your Difficult Circumstances—Ask THIS

26 Sep 2017

Out of the blue—just 2 months prior to my greatly anticipated hiking trip to Utah—my excruciating sciatica pain was back! “It can’t be,” I agonized! “I don’t understand!” That was 2 ½ years ago. Not being able to stand or walk for more than a few minutes without overwhelming pain is hard for anyone, especially […]

Understanding isn’t a Requirement for Accepting

19 Sep 2017

Inquiring minds want to know. In many ways I am like a cat—wanting to know and understand everything! Curiosity is good—up to a point. Just ask a cat who’s lost 8 of his 9 lives! Although science is making new discoveries everyday, “The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know.” […]

Write it Down: 5 Powerful Persuasions for Pen and Paper

15 Aug 2017

I’m a writer. It’s natural for me to write down ideas, new biblical insights, what I’m feeling—now. I didn’t use to be that way. In fact, I hated English and writing in school. I resisted the idea of journaling for many years, thinking it was just a day to day account of events or a […]

Going Down Memory Lane WITH Your Savior

08 Aug 2017

Did you ever go down memory lane with your mate or a good friend? Wasn’t it fun? Did you notice how it drew you closer to each other? Why not do the same with your Savior?

How to Say Goodbye to Regrets: 10 Tips

02 May 2017

Are you living with regret? All of us have made mistakes at one point or another, and they haunt us. How is the abundant life possible with that on our hearts? It isn’t. But we can change that! We don’t have to be weighed down by our past blunders. We have a great God who forgives us […]

God Moments: Touches of His Presence

28 Mar 2017

Next month I will be celebrating 32 years with Christ as my Savior! It’s been an incredible life, despite the many hardships along the way—including being widowed from my soulmate and 7 surgeries in the last 6 years. I’m sure many of you have had much greater difficulties than me. What keeps you going? I’ll […]

Why You Should Consider an Accountability Partner to Overcome a Sinful Habit

14 Mar 2017

“How are you doing with that ‘issue,’ Angie?  Were you tempted at all this week and how did you handle it?” What if you heard these words from your friend in whom you confided a deep secret sin? What if you didn’t do so well in resisting and had to admit you failed—again? Would you […]

12 Ways to Increase Your DESIRE to Stop Sinning

07 Mar 2017

“I want to stop sinning!”  Do you really?  Habitual sin is very difficult to stop. One of the biggest reasons for failure is because we don’t want it bad enough. We need a strong desire to break those strongholds. In order to do that we need to consider: The ramifications of doing that sin and of […]

7 Tips to Help You Break that Sinful Cycle!

28 Feb 2017

Ever find yourself in this vicious cycle? Why even bother confessing?! You know you’re only going to fall again. How many times will God forgive the same wrongdoing? Of course, God will not leave you in this state of unrepentance. He will apply pressure in the way of conviction and difficulties to woo you back […]

Setting the Record Straight on Temptation So You Can Sin LESS

23 Feb 2017

Satan just loves to get you and me to sin and not repent! Unconfessed sin: Hinders our fellowship with God and others Robs us of peace, joy, and effectiveness for God’s Kingdom Robs God of His glory While we can’t completely stop sinning here on earth—we can strive to desire to stop hurting God and […]

Help For Us Emotional Yoyos: 7 Keys to Victory

06 Dec 2016

Are you an emotional yoyo? Last time I admitted I was. What are we to do?! Is there any hope for us? YES! About 10+ years ago I wanted desperately to change, but I didn’t know where to go. There’s a lot of psychobabble and false teaching out there. Who and what am I to believe? I […]

I’ll Always Be an Emotional YOYO and How I Deal with It

29 Nov 2016

I have to face it! I’ll always be a yoyo—up and down in my emotional state. I want to stay high or at least even-keeled, happy, and always at peace. But that’s an unrealistic goal for me—at least in this fallen world. Maybe some of you are like me? (Perhaps we should form our own […]

My Egg Story: A Story of God’s Faithfulness

25 Oct 2016

It was the day before my birthday, 2006. My husband, Ed, came home unexpectedly mid-morning. “Oh, hi, Honey!” I said, “What are you doing home?” He then then gently, but firmly, took me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye, and said these unbelievable words, “I got laid off.” “What!” I exclaimed. “After 29 […]

Free-fall: Desperation without Consuming Fear

17 Aug 2016

I think people who jump out of planes for the fun of it are CRAZY! So why do people do it? They must get enjoyment out of it. But what if you didn’t want to parachute and someone made or pushed you out? We all have times in our lives when we feel like our feet are planted […]

4 Great Reminders to Comfort Our Souls in Times of Turmoil

08 Jun 2016

Is your life in a state of turmoil? Has a major trial turned your life upside down? Right now mine is. I long for the peace and joy I had. What happened? I let Satan steal it! (Jn 10:10a) Whenever we feel like this, the BEST thing we can do is to dig into God’s Word. […]

7 Steps From a Defeated Mindset to One of Victory: Part 4 (Last 4 Steps)

23 Mar 2016

So far we’ve covered the first 3 steps of living a victorious life: Get serious about changing, believe it is possible, and change our thinking pattern. Next: Step 4 Make the effort Revamping our deeply entrenched belief system is no easy task! You may be thinking, “But I did try and failed. I just couldn’t do it!” Let […]

7 Steps From a Defeated Mindset to One of Victory: Part 3

16 Mar 2016

Getting serious about changing and believing it is possible are the first 2 steps to victory over a failure mindset. This next one is the most difficult and it doesn’t happen overnight. Step 3 Change your thinking pattern Before we can change an oppressive pessimistic attitude toward life we need to revamp our thinking. That […]

7 Steps From a Defeated Mindset to One of Victory: Part 2

09 Mar 2016

A defeated attitude toward life is so oppressive. We don’t have to live that way! (See my last blog.) We can change from being a victim to a victor, not because I say so, but because God does! Here’s how. Step 1: Get serious about changing The first key is really just wanting to. Can […]

7 Steps From a Defeated Mindset to One of Victory: Part 1

02 Mar 2016

Does this picture describe you most of the time? Are you seeing life through defeated or victorious eyes? I am so sadden by the number of people I meet that are living down-trodden lives—even Christians. Do you know people that always have this heavy sigh in their voice and countenance—like they’re carrying this oppressive load; […]