Is there a secret to a Christian’s happy life?

One of my favorite books is a little paperback by Hannah Whittall Smith called “The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life.” Now there is a title! There are many excellent summaries available that I have given links to at the bottom of this post, but I would encourage you to make the time and read …read in detail

Are you concentration challenged?

The past weeks have been filled with challenges and yet with God’s help and praying friends, I am growing in my awareness of God’s presence right in the middle of it all! I have been greatly encouraged by the devotional book by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling. It is very popular right now and several people …read in detail

Are you looking for peace in all the wrong places?

We are familiar with the country song, “Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places,” but I realized today I was looking for peace in the wrong places. Here is my story. I am in the middle of more dental work and experiencing pain and discomfort. I was hoping to get more work finished today …read in detail

Psalm 119

Psalm 119:137-144 You are right and you do right, God; your decisions are right on target. You rightly instruct us in how to live ever faithful to you. My rivals nearly did me in, they persistently ignored your commandments. Your promise has been tested through and through, and I, your servant, love it dearly. I’m too young to be important, …read in detail

How can I learn to hear God more? part 3

Trinitarian Fellowship This was definitely my favorite session. Dallas Willard starts off by summarizing the last few sessions by discussion of the distance that God leaves, at the same time the nearness. The distance is a matter of how He leaves us room to decide, to feel, to experience the consequences of events and to …read in detail

Do you need a boost of hope today?

We are headed into the final days before Christmas.  I continue to aim my focus toward the majesty and awe of God, instead of the pressure and temptations I perceive.  One sermon has helped me in this season, a good old fashion sermon about persevering! Kris Vallaton of Bethel Church in Redding taught a sermon …read in detail

How do you know if you are hearing from God or relying on “feeling a peace?”

This is a very good question as I have a hunch that we are looking for a feeling more often than we know.  Mark wrote an excellent series on Hearing the Voice of God.  Here are some of his points: MAKING A CHOICE TO OBEY – The question we usually ask is; “What is God’s will …read in detail