Unanswered Prayer

I had a pretty intense prayer session with God recently. I was quite hopeful, even almost certain, that God would answer in a positive way. But as of right now, the answer hasn't been what I had anticipated. It's really difficult when this happens. It sometimes makes you (or at least me) doubt God, wonder…

Blessed by Bitter Things

I thank You for the bitter things They’ve been a friend to grace, They’ve driven me from the paths of ease To storm the secret place. I thank You for the friends who’ve failed To meet my soul’s deep need; They’ve driven me to the Savior’s feet Upon His love to feed. I’m grateful too,…

Baby Steps: Healthy Habits for the New Year!

Bad habits are difficult to break. And new, healthy habits are hard to make! But I want to begin this New Year with a few goals--baby steps--that will help me live more healthfully in 2015. I've tried dieting, and it didn't work for me. I've thought about those weight-loss pills, but something always holds me…

An Act of Worship

Lord, I'm Yours. Whatever the cost may be, may Your will be done in my life. I realize I'm not here on earth to do my own thing, or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I'm not here to indulge my desires, to increase my possessions, to impress people, to be popular,…

Blessed to be a Blessing

I've been blessed to sponsor a beautiful, 12-year-old girl from Mexico named Perla for about seven years now. I support her through Compassion International, an organization that seeks to "release children from poverty in Jesus' name." The idea is for me to be a blessing to her, but I have to say--she is just as…