Fullness of Joy

… And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10, AMPC) I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. (John 15:11, AMPC) The verse in Nehemiah quoted above tells us thatContinue reading “Fullness of Joy”

Fear is a Thief

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (2 Timothy 1:7,AMP) The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress,Continue reading “Fear is a Thief”

Grace Received

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.Continue reading “Grace Received”

Givers Need Takers

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, NKJV) The other day I was thinking about the whole concept of giving and taking. I thought it was interesting how we tend to criticize takers, but theContinue reading “Givers Need Takers”

Forgiveness Is a Choice

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) Through decades of life and experience, I have had many opportunities to be forgiven and to face the challenge of forgiving others. It still amazes me when talking to people about the need to forgive and move on,Continue reading “Forgiveness Is a Choice”

Would You Marry You?

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.(Genesis 2:24, NKJV) We do a lot of marriage coaching as well as premarital coaching. What’s nice about premarital coaching is that we can, many times, catch some issues before the wedding that mightContinue reading “Would You Marry You?”

Every Day Choices: Speaking Life to Your Mate

Death and life are in power of the tongue, and they who indulge it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life] (Proverbs 18:21 Amplified Bible). One our favorite activities on Sunday morning, besides going to church, is to watch the episode of CBS Sunday Morning we record on our DVR. After arrivingContinue reading “Every Day Choices: Speaking Life to Your Mate”

The Sun is Always Shining

The day is Yours, the night is Yours; You have established and prepared the (heavenly) light and the sun. (Psalm 74:16. AMP) On a particularly gloomy and rainy day, my son, (who was three at the time) and I hopped in the car off to an appointment. As I backed out of the garage intoContinue reading “The Sun is Always Shining”