Can We Really Choose Happiness?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blessings, Encouragement, Faith, God, Inspiration, Life Balance | 4 comments

I recently saw a video with an elderly African American woman who’d been tested by a group in the field of positive psychology. This...

Read More

The Deeps

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blessings, Christianity, Comfort, Encouragement, Faith, Life Purpose, Prayer, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 2 comments

Lord Jesus, Give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach; Help me to chastely flee from it, and jealously resolve...

Read More

In Grateful Wonder

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Blessings, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Danger, Doctors, Faith, Family, Fear, God, Inspiration, Marriage, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Salvation, The Gospel, Trials, Trust in God | 2 comments

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” (William Arthur Ward) Today, I am...

Read More

The World Needs Your Super Powers

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blessings, Comfort, Compassion, Culture, Faith, Family, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Peace, The Gospel, Trials | 10 comments

Sunday, my husband and I decided to catch “Iron Man 3” just for fun.  Wanting to avoid the crowds, we slipped in to an early...

Read More

The God Who Sees You and Me

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Anxiety, Blessings, Cancer, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, God, Grief, Idols, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Loss, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trials, Trust in God | 4 comments

Someone recently posted on my Facebook page:  “I have been alone all my life. Since I have been alone, the only tribe I have is...

Read More

Rescued from Hillside Fires

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Animals and pets, Anxiety, Blessings, Comfort, Danger, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, life-threatening, Loss, Marriage, Peace, Prayer, Salvation, Trials, Trust in God | 4 comments

How life can change in an instant. Two days ago, on a Friday, my husband and I were calmly working in our downstairs studio when a...

Read More

My Private Times with God

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Blessings, Christianity, Faith, God, Life Purpose, Peace, Prayer, The Gospel, Trust in God | 0 comments

When the Lord wants to get my attention, he wakes me up at 4:32 in the morning.  Not 4:30 or 4:45 or 5 a.m., but 4:32 exactly....

Read More

The Power of Prayer In Church

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Christianity, Encouragement, Faith, God, Inspiration, Life Balance, Prayer, Religion, The Gospel, Trust in God | 0 comments

Friends, we may not all be pastors, elders and deacons, but many of us are church-goers. Watch this video about the importance of prayer...

Read More

A Hawk in the Morning Mists

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Animals and pets, Blessings, Comfort, Dance, Encouragement, Faith, Featured, God, Inspiration, Life Balance, Peace, Prayer, The Gospel, Trust in God | 6 comments

One morning, when the early mists still hung in the air, I saw from my living room window, a magnificent hawk perched on a tree in my...

Read More

The Promise of Breakthrough

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Blessings, Christianity, Comfort, Encouragement, Faith, God, Inspiration, Prayer, The Gospel, Trials, Trust in God | 0 comments

Planning, shaping, pressing in, waiting, and holding firm to a vision can be hard, even exhausting, as the weeks turn into months, and...

Read More

Don’t Miss the Blessing!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Anxiety, Blessings, Faith, Family, God, Inspiration, Life Balance, Marriage, Peace, Prayer, Trust in God | 6 comments

I almost missed it!  My fabulous husband planned a trip to gorgeous Mammoth Lakes for my birthday, but the week leading up to it, the...

Read More

The New Burnett-Downey Bible Mini Series

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Blessings, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Family, Film Television, Theatre, God, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel | 2 comments

On Sunday, March 3, the latest Hollywood production of the Bible debuted on American TV as a 10-part mini-series. Bringing the Scriptures...

Read More

Surprised by Healing – A Story of Victory Over Cancer

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Blessings, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, illness, Inspiration, Life Purpose, life-threatening, Loss, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, therapy, Trials, Trust in God | 2 comments

In March 2012, my husband was diagnosed a type of bladder cancer so malevolent it would not respond to chemo.  Doctors were 95 percent...

Read More

The Unexpected Adventure

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Blessings, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Career, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, illness, Inspiration, Life Balance, life-threatening, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, therapy, Trials, Trust in God | 6 comments

Let’s face it: the words “cancer” and “adventure” hardly belong in the same sentence, but, after our...

Read More

Say Yes to the Music

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Blessings, Christianity, Comfort, Culture, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Life Purpose, Peace, Performing arts, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 6 comments

It’s a typical spring day just north of Barcelona. Families, children and couples meander through the Plaza de Sant Roc. Suddenly, an...

Read More

Sleepless in Mexico

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blessings, Encouragement, Faith, God, Life Balance, Peace, Prayer, Trust in God | 6 comments

I’d booked our tickets before we found out about the murders.  This was our one chance to get away for a few days after a hectic few...

Read More

Healthy, Ripe and Delicious

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, Grief, illness, Inspiration, life-threatening, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trials, Trust in God | 0 comments

We all know what it’s like to want something desperately but have to wait for it. Delays are always frustrating.  They can also...

Read More

Would You Recognize Jesus?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Blessings, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Encouragement, Faith, God, Inspiration, Peace, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 1 comment

I believe Jesus had a wonderful sense of humor– after all, he invented it!  But, I wonder if he laughs at the endless portraits of...

Read More

How to Pray in Times of Trouble

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Blessings, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, Grief, illness, Inspiration, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, therapy, Trials, Trust in God | 9 comments

Battling this cancer together with my husband reminds me of the story in 2 Chronicles 20 when the vast armies of the Moabites and...

Read More

God’s Priorities for Your Career

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Anxiety, Blessings, Career, Christianity, Culture, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, Grief, Idols, Inspiration, Life Balance, Life Purpose, Loss, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 1 comment

I'm not sure what's worse: feeling like a hot shot who can conquer the world or so inadequate that you'd rather crawl under a rock. If you're a Christian, neither perspective is healthy or even Biblical. But, we've all been there at one time or another. When we're not relying on God as our source, we will either be full of ourselves or secretly terrified.

Read More

Lessons from Life’s Roller Coaster

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Bladder cancer, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, illness, Inspiration, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, therapy, Tim Keller, Trust in God | 2 comments

My husband’s doctor stepped into the waiting room looking for me.  Finally!   He’d had a day of multiple surgeries and...

Read More

Prayers of Faith for Victory in Battle

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, God, Grief, illness, life-threatening, Loss, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, therapy, Trust in God | 2 comments

“Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.  As long as Moses held out...

Read More

How to Understand Your Season

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Career, Encouragement, Faith, God, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Trust in God | 0 comments

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Do you know what season of life you are...

Read More

How To Discern God’s Plan For Your Life

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Faith, Life Purpose, The Gospel, Trust in God | 0 comments

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians...

Read More

The Rewards of Praise and Trust

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blessings, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, God, Grief, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Loss, Prayer, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 0 comments

In the Book of Acts 16:16 – 38, the apostle Paul and his companion Silas find themselves imprisoned in a Macedonian dungeon after...

Read More

Miracle in the Emergency Room

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Anxiety, Blessings, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, God, Grief, illness, Inspiration, life-threatening, Loss, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 0 comments

There are times when God speaks.  When he invades our lives so unmistakably that we are compelled to take notice and obey.  Such was the...

Read More

The Power of Faith

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, Grief, Idols, illness, life-threatening, Loss, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, therapy, Trials, Trust in God | 0 comments

“Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to...

Read More

When Cancer Strikes, Part 2

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Blessings, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, God, Grief, illness, Inspiration, life-threatening, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, therapy, Trust in God | 0 comments

It was a terrifying cliff.  If my husband’s bladder cancer was in the early stages, then the upcoming surgery would be successful....

Read More

When Cancer Strikes

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Anxiety, Bladder cancer, Blessings, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Christianity, Comfort, Compassion, Danger, Diseases, Doctors, Faith, Family, Fear, God, Grief, illness, Life Balance, life-threatening, Loss, Marriage, nutrition, oncology, Peace, Prayer, Salvation, The Gospel, therapy, Trials, Trust in God | 1 comment

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: and...

Read More

Working All Things Together for Good

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in Anxiety, Blessings, Career, Christianity, Compassion, Culture, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, Grief, Inspiration, Loss, Peace, Prayer, The Gospel, Trust in God | 1 comment

Recently, a friend and I hosted a table for a women’s tea at our church.  While we both owned lovely pieces of silverware, goblets...

Read More

Uber-productive or Digital Addicts?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Anxiety, Career, Culture, Faith, Family, Featured, Inspiration, Life Balance, Life Purpose, Peace, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 0 comments

I confess:  technology upgrades are making me crazy. They’re supposed to make everything better, faster, easier– you gotta have...

Read More

Why We Should Trust God

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Animals and pets, Anxiety, Christianity, Compassion, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Fear, Idols, Loss, Peace, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 2 comments

The Pearl Necklace Once there was a little girl with a plastic pearl necklace.  She loved this necklace dearly.  One day her father...

Read More

Small Efforts Can Change the World

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Blessings, Compassion, Culture, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, Inspiration, Life Balance, Peace, Trust in God | 0 comments

For those living in or visiting Southern California, a must see is the Skirball Center’s exhibition “Women Hold Up Half the...

Read More

What is Christianity’s Basic Message?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Blessings, Christianity, Compassion, Culture, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Featured, Inspiration, Prayer, Religion, Salvation, The Gospel, Trust in God | 2 comments

“Christianity’s basic message differs at the root with the assumptions of traditional religion.  The founders of every other...

Read More
Page 1 of 212