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James 4: 14

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.


I had really good intentions for the summer relating to this blog I recently released a short non-fiction book entitled GOD, LIFE & HULA HOOPS: SPIRITUAL LISTENING LESSONS.  Click here for the link. t’s meant to be light-hearted but with a serious message. Throughout the summer, I’d planned to post a devotion for each chapter but…I only got to 5 before I got busy with other things and forgot to keep posting.

Life is like that, probably even more so for you than for me since I’m retired. Busy, busy, busy. But we shouldn’t ever be too busy to spend some time with God. And I don’t mean going to church, that’s all good and wonderful. But spending time with God outside of church should be a part of your schedule.

Why you might ask? Several reasons come to mind.

Spending time with God will keep you in his peace and joy. And that’s something we can all benefit from because we are so busy and our lives are so hectic.

Spending time with God will help you develop the roots you need to weather the storms of our lives. Life’s not always easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult sometimes. But the more anchored we are in God, the more we can weather the storms.

Spending time with God will help you become the person God created you to be. God created each of us for a reason. Finding that reason will bring you inexpressible joy, but if we’re too busy focusing on this world rather than Him, we might just miss out on the plan! And I’m sure you don’t want that.

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t spend as much time with God as I want or I should, but I can always tell when it’s time to refocus on HIM. I start feeling like a rowboat on an ocean during rough seas. That’s when I turn my eyes back to God. And he’s always there waiting for me.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite way to spend time with God? For me, I love to turn on praise music as I exercise and sing along with it!










John 16:33,

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world.”

It’s not easy to stay in peace in this crazy world of ours. I don’t know about you, but if I watch the news for more than five minutes, I develop a stomachache, a headache. or start crying. If that’s not enough, then we have jobs, family responsibilities, church, and community activities to keep us so busy we can’t breathe.

 And let’s not forget about life. Just when we think we’ve got everything under control, life happens and proves us wrong. Life happening might take the form of a broken washer, a tragedy, or a brain tumor. For me, it’s actually two brain tumors that were diagnosed in May of 2012.

And yet, Jesus promises us peace. So, how do we get the peace Jesus promised us and keep it in the midst of tragedies? I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can share how I’ve done it as I struggled and continue to struggle with my health. For me it comes down to 3 key principles:




 If you believe that God is good and that He loves you, then how can you not trust God in whatever situation you are struggling with? Romans 8:28 promises us….And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I love this promise. This verse gives me hope. I know that whatever happens to me God will work it out for my good. I believe this with all my heart. I’m approaching the third anniversary of my brain tumor diagnosis. Unfortunately, things aren’t going the way they were supposed to go.

But I know God’s got my back. 

Nobody likes problems, but they are a fact of life. If you’re facing a difficult situation (and we all do sooner or later), isn’t it wonderful to know that the Creator of the world is on your side? Just knowing that gives me hope.



Ephesians 6:
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Our spiritual journey begins with faith when we take that first step to believe and to become God’s child, then faith continues as we grow and mature spiritually, and finally our faith becomes fulfilled on that glorious day when we reunite with our Creator.
In our last devotion, we talked about life’s problems, big and small and that with each of those real-world struggles come an UNSEEN BATTLE—the battle to steal our spiritual inheritance and legacy. That is what the enemy wants. He wants us to listen to his lies, to believe him, to believe we don’t have the power to change our circumstances. To believe that God is not God. To believe that God is not good. To believe that God doesn’t love us as much as the other people around us.

We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose to activate our faith in and through every circumstance. In Beth Moore’s study—Living Beyond Yourself—she has a phrase for each of the fruit of the spirits. For faith, the phrase is FAITH FIGHTS!

Faith is not passive.
Faith is active.
Let’s look at today’s verse again in light of the fact that FAITH FIGHTS. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Which YOU can extinguish…. YOU must do it. Faith is not passive.  Faith is active. You must be the one who activates your faith.
But how?
A good start is with our thoughts, our words, and then our actions!
Every time, those seeds of doubt enter our minds, banish them with God thoughts! A great verse and very easy to remember is “With God, all things are possible.”
Every time, you are tempted to whine about the situation, change it to an act of faith, by using positive words:” It’s tough right now, but God is still with me.”
As you practice using your thoughts and words to activate your faith, let your actions show that you are believing God’s Words and His Promises, not the enemy’s lies.
Faith Fights!
In her study, Beth also talks about prayer and that prayer can change our circumstances. She uses the illustration of a wall of doubt but with prayer that wall can be knocked out and turned into a window to allow God’s Power into our lives. Can you picture that?
I can. I kneel before a sold wall but as I pray to God. I pick up my  axe of faith and start to knock out the wall. With each prayer a little more of the wall of doubt crumbles allowing more of God’s light and power to shine on me. And before I  know it, I am bathed in the light of God’s love.

Bring on the flaming arrows, enemy—I will use them to enlarge my window of faith!



SHARING TIME: What’s one real way you can activate your faith on a daily basis?


John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

LIFE IS TOUGH! And then it gets even tougher. Sometimes it seems as if our problems and troubles will never end. And the truth is they might not! Or they might not end the way we want them to.

Disappointments, worries, and problems come. Illnesses happen. Tragedies strike. That’s the reality of the fallen world we live in.

Those are the battles we fight every day in the natural world.

Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, and sometimes it becomes a wait and see what happens. But there’s another battle going on as well. This battle is much more important than whatever you are experiencing in the natural world.


The unseen battle is about stealing your faith, hope, trust,  power,  peace, joy, and all the other wonderful gifts God gives us as His heir. Paul says it this way in Ephesians 6:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


Paul knew what many of us forget in this modern world. Even though we can’t see the supernatural world, it’s out there and there’s an unseen battle going on. And that’s the battle that counts!

You may not be able to do much about the battle in the physical world. Sometimes, you can and you certainly should do all you can, but there are times, it is what it is and you can’t change it.


God gives us the weapons we need for that battle, but it’s up to us to use them. If we don’t we’ll lose the war. So, what are the weapons for fighting the unseen battle?

Ephesians 6: 13-20

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.


As you can see, God has not left you defenseless in the UNSEEN BATTLES, but instead has given you many weapons. They are all important, of course, but it all starts with that shield of faith which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Wow! Did you read that line? Maybe you should read it again:  that shield of faith which YOU can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Did you notice the word I put the emphasis on that time?

YOU can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one! YOU are the one that much activate your faith. YOU are the one that must use your faith.

So, how do you do that? Good question and we’ll  discuss it some more in the next devotion.

SHARING TIME:  What are ways you activate your shield of faith?


Proverbs 3: 26

for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.


I’ve been thinking a lot about control lately.

If you ask me, who is in control, I would, of course, give the good Christian answer—GOD . If you ask me who is my provision, I would, of course, give the good Christian answer—GOD. If you ask me who the source if my confidence is, I would give the good Christian answer—GOD.

And I believe that but….

On the other hand, I like to think of myself as self-reliant. I started working the same week I graduated from high school in…cough…stammer…uhm 1973 . I found a job the same week and have worked since then with the exception of one quarter in college when I saved enough money to take a break.

I put myself through college along with a few grants and scholarships—no loans. ME and MY WORK. I saveD my money—bought my houses-bought my cars. ME and MY WORK

So, even though I say and believe God is in control, believe He is my provision, I’m not so sure I’ve ever depended on HIM the way HE wants. Because after all, for almost forty years, it’s been ME and MY WORK.

That is until lately.

I’ve been retired and only working part-time for the past few years. That was really awesome!  I had time to write and enough money not to worry!  And then it happened!

NO JOB! I actually didn’t freak out at first. I assumed something would come along at the last minute. But it didn’t.

The last check came and then it wasn’t ME and MY WORK anymore! Just me!  Oh, that’s right, I admit it—I forgot about God for a few anxiety-filled weeks. I worried, I grumbled to myself. I was more anxious than I’d been in years!

And it was driving me crazy!

Suddenly, my peace and joy was replaced with worry and aggravation. A lot of it and I didn’t like it. But I didn’t stop me from doing it until one day when I realized by worrying I wasn’t trusting God. I was NOT placing my confidence in God as my provider.

HE had been my provider all along but as with us fleshly humans, I forgot that for awhile…

So, now each time the worry comes back, I say a quick prayer: “I know You love me. You are all-powerful and I know you will work this out for my good.” Sometimes, it’s simpler and even quicker: “I need you or Your Will be done.”

The anxiety and worry are slowly being replaced by the peace and joy again. And that is wonderful!

We don’t, can’t, and won’t always know why things happen the way they do, but we always have a choice in how we react to them. We can choose to believe God’s promises. We can choose to believe God loves us and will take care of us. We can choose to stay in faith.

My life circumstances may still a mess, but as long as I keep my eyes on God, my faith remains steady. I now know that GOD truly is in control and my times are indeed in HIS hands.

Interestingly enough, I wrote the above devotion a few months ago before I developed complications from the Gamma Knife treatment for my brain tumors. Because of the complications, I was put on high dosages of steroids. And there would have been no way I could have worked during that time. And that would have only put me under more stress–something I certainly didn’t need.

God knew what he was doing when He decided it was time for me to retire for real.

He was in control and He knew what He was doing.

He was working my circumstances out for what was best for me–even though I couldn’t see it at the time.

That’s what TRUST and FAITH  are all about!


SHARING TIME: Share a time when what seemed like bad circumstances actually turned out to be the best thing for you. And allowed you to know God was working things out for you.





2 Timothy 3:16

 Every Holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training, for guiding, for education in righteousness:  

As I write this, most of the country has been experiencing a record hot summer and a drought situation as well. Now for you city folks that may not mean much, but I live in farm country and a drought means bad news for farmers.

The only plants that survive a drought are those plants whose root system is well-developed. And the same can be said for Christians facing adversity. Developing roots is the first and most important way to face adversity God’s way.

Ideally this should happen long before adversity shows its ugly face, but it’s never too late to start. How do you develop those roots?

By READING, STUDYING, AND UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE.  This is the first step in facing adversity God’s way. I grew up in a church that focused on the saving power of Jesus which is wonderful, but didn’t focus as much on Bible Study—at least, I don’t remember that part if it was there.

When I renewed my faith as an adult, my new church was much more focused on the study of God’s Word. What a revelation it was to me to discover all the wisdom just waiting for me in that precious book.

It blew me away! I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t know about God and His Ways. I’m not good at memorizing so what I do is when I come across verses that are meaningful and speak to me is I write them on an index card. I keep that pile of cards by my computer and read them often.

This puts the truth and wisdom of God inside me and renews my mind. Some days I read a few and other days I go through the pile. Knowing God’s promises and God’s ways is the first step in facing whatever adversity comes your way.

An important point to remember is not to simply read the words but to put them in action.

James 1:22

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Not only did I study the Bible, but I read a lot of books from the experts. Again so much helpful wisdom and knowledge out there. Some of the authors I read were Rick Warren, Bruce Wilkinson, John Ortburg, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Chad Young among others.

As you read, study, and understand the Bible, amazing things will happen. You will come to know and understand God in a way that no other action does.

All the other steps of facing adversity God’s way flow from this first step. Hopefully, you’ve started this step before the adversity sets in, but it’s never too late. If you haven’t started yet, I suggest you start now.

The Bible is full of wisdom to help in any situation. The more you read and study God, His words and His ways the deeper your roots will grow. And those roots will keep you strong when that hurricane called adversity hits.


Eyes of Faith

 Mark 11:24, NIV

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours


My last devotion was about faith and so is this one. You might be wondering if there is a reason or is it just a coincidence. Not a coincidence.

This whole year has been about developing more faith for me. I have a list too long to go into why and besides it would sound like whining—which I’m quite good at according to my husband.

But I will discuss one of the things going on in my life to make a point. I developed Bell’s Palsy in April. If you don’t know what it is, it’s usually caused by an inflammation of Cranial Nerve 7 which causes partial or complete paralysis of one side of the face. And being a Speech Pathologist that made work a bit of a challenge for me. Anyway…

For me, it was almost complete paralysis. At least one of my neurologists told me I wouldn’t have any recovery, but I refused to believe him. God makes those decisions.

At first I prayed for healing, but in the last few months I started thanking God for healing me. Outwardly, there hadn’t been any change, but I kept thanking Him for His goodness, His love, and the fact He takes care of me.

And in the last few weeks, I’m seeing progress. My smile’s not back yet, but I can eat and drink almost normally again. My speech sounds much better and I can feel facial muscles moving that weren’t moving before. So as far as I’m concerned it’s only a matter of time.

That is what eyes of faith are about. It’s about talking, thinking, and believing that God has answered your prayers even though there’s no physical evidence—yet!

Thank you, God, for your complete healing.