"So he said to them, 'Let’s go to a place where we can be alone to rest for a while.' Many people were coming and going, and Jesus and the apostles didn’t even have a chance to eat." —Mark 6:31
“School’s out!” The cry rings through the crowded halls of my granddaughter’s school, and moms and dads—and some grandparents, too—sigh a collective relief and welcome the prospect of less frenzied weeks ahead…at least for the summer.
Each of us needs downtime, don’t we? Time to reflect, time to change up the typical daily schedule—the so-called "grind"—and time to inhale deeply and look ahead to a new and different routine, even if that means just planning a special menu for a cookout, or dinner in honor of our dads for Father’s Day.
During this first month of longed-for summer, let’s pause to thank God for our incredible blessings—our Lord Jesus, our families, our health, and our country.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is...peace..." —Galatians 5:22
People all around us are fearful--concerned with health, employment, extended family issues, even the future.
It's easy to fall prey to this trap. But there is a powerful source for dealing with worry, anxiety, and, yes, fear. That precious resource is God's peace—a treasure to cling to daily, sometimes hour by hour, when surrounded by the dismal news offered on twenty-four-hour media and other outlets.
The beauty of this peace-gift is that regardless of what crises may arise, divine peace endures for all time. It is in direct correlation to the sovereignty of God. Do we trust our heavenly Father's will for us, for our world? Our hearts enjoy sweet repose when we put our total confidence in our Lord...when we embrace His peace.
"So then, encourage one another and build each other up, as you are doing." —I Thessalonians 5:11
As the days approach for the start of my Spring 2015 Book Tour (through six states this time!), I am thankful for God’s hand of mercy, grace, and blessing on my life as a writer…and on the many opportunities to share my faith. I’m also thankful for the precious prayers of God’s people, and the encouragement that comes with knowing my reader-friends do pray in support of my stories, and, ultimately, this far-reaching ministry.
Meeting so many of you during my book tours is very important to me—to return, in kind, the prayer support, wherever needed, and to encourage you in your faith, as we journey together on this road called life. We need each other, and seeing your faces and hearing the stories of your own lives means everything to me.
If you are within driving distance, or live in, the following areas, I would be so blessed to greet you. Here’s the link for the book tour schedule.
Blessings for springtime…and this Easter Season!
"We know how much God loves us because we have felt his love and because we believe him when he tells us that he loves us dearly. God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him." —John 4:16 (The Living Bible)
Never forget this truth, dear friends: God has a plan for your future. His love for you is far beyond measure.
Now, you've probably heard that many times throughout your life.
Yet it is so true. God is the embodiment of love. He does not just demonstrate love or offer it; He is the very essence of love.
Mind-boggling? It certainly is. But, oh, the joy of embracing such a truth. Truth that can change the way we think about ourselves, and about others. If we can grasp this in our daily lives, we will believe more fully, love more dearly, and look ahead with anticipation to tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. We will pour out our energy, our very lives, for His glory.
I wish you a most loving Valentine's Day and all the days and weeks that surround it. In short, the whole month!