Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.


~The Ocean Series~The Lighthouse


The pressures of this world can pull us away from the true source of life. It is not an excuse, just what happens sometimes. There are deadlines, problems with children, elderly parents, work;  just life in general. No Christian purposely puts God aside. We can talk to Him all day, every day. The problem is when we try to get through the things on our own.
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Face to Face with the Younger Me


Face to Face with the Younger Me

I like the CCM group, For King and Country so much. They have a song which I like for a lot of reasons…but “Fix My Eyes” is such a good message to my younger self.

I turned 54 the other day. This was the age in which my dad died of a sudden heart attack. A rather sobering thought..and he seemed so young to me then. It seems really young to me now.

My body tells me that this ‘ole earth suit has aged..but the brain doesn’t feel the same.

But with age there has come some wisdom. Wisdom on what is important in life, and wisdom to know that I myself am not wise at all, that all I am is because of Jesus Christ.

So I decided to come “face to face with the younger me.” Continue reading


Christians, Depression and Guilt


Christians, Depression and Guilt
**I actually wrote part of this blog in February 2014. I saved it as a draft and did not publish it….I just wasn’t sure if I should….it is past time now. This is too important NOT to blog…the dialogue has been opened as we grieve the loss of Robin Williams.

We all have “down” days if we are honest with each other. And sometimes Christians are not “upfront” about this particular issue. I am not just talking about those days…I am talking about clinical depression.  Not talking about it honestly  hurts the body of Christ. The judgment that is often present has come to light many times as believers deal with it. I have not seen a lot of grace extended….it is time for a change.

Of course I was diagnosed with depression/anxiety about 19 years ago.

I am not an expert by any means, but my personal experience might help someone else and that is my prayer.
For several years I would suffer bouts of depression and anxiety attacks. But I thought if I prayed hard enough I would get through them. I would fight through the pain, only to have it return with a vengeance. And I could not tell any of my Christian friends. What would they think? I was able to handle life. My prayer life was strong, I was an encourager to others. Continue reading