Prayer

Becoming More Like Jesus–Praying for Our Enemies

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matt. 5:44, NIV). Guest post by Kristi Woods Think about someone who hurt you. How did you love or pray for them? Or, did you? As a mother, I love and protect my children. When someone wounds them, my mama bear… Continue reading Becoming More Like Jesus–Praying for Our Enemies

Light breaking through the clouds at dusk
Heart Issues

Winning in the Year

It’s been a rough year. We’ve had a tumultuous time filled with civil unrest, political discord, a worldwide pandemic, a crushing economy and extended quarantine. This year was a stockpile of loss, leaving me longing for a win in the new year. Late December is a time of reflection: of what really mattered this year,… Continue reading Winning in the Year

Faith, Hope and Love

The Thrill of Hope

Are you weary this Christmas? Are you tired of the unknowns and fearing what is around the corner after the gifts are opened and the garland is packed in the basement?  Magical blue and green lights reflect off my daughter’s face, and her eyes widen with excitement as she flies across Neverland on Disney World’s… Continue reading The Thrill of Hope

Faith

What’s With All The Waiting?

How do you keep despair from settling in when the doors you’re knocking on quickly shut or don’t open? How do you remain hopeful when you keep hearing “no?” Harder still, how do you continue looking forward when you don’t hear any response at all? I realize as I’ve been hanging out in this place… Continue reading What’s With All The Waiting?

Hardships and Trials, Resting in Christ, surrender

Peace in the Stress

I’m stressed—and I mean capital-S stressed. Do you feel me? Have you been there, too? My to-do list overflows beyond anything I can comprehend. The days are blurring one into the next. I’m so frazzled. I can’t even remember what I need at the grocery store, let alone whether that event with my daughter is… Continue reading Peace in the Stress