What Lent Means To Me

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. If you don’t know, Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter in which Christians typically give something up in a symbolic gesture to identify with the sacrifice of His life that Jesus gave. Growing up, I was always told in place of the thing that we are giving up, we should take that time to pray to thank God for His sacrifice. ...more

An open letter to Pat Robertson

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What Now? A New Year’s Resolution…

There’s a familiar saying we’ll hear over and over again in the next week: “I’m making a New Year’s resolution to …” Well, I’ve decided to say, “I’m making a New Life resolution.”  ...more

He Sees You When You're Sleeping: The Elf on the Shelf vs. Jesus

I was stuck in the Milwaukee airport when my former manager told me about Elf on the Shelf. ...more

Very interesting and thought provoking post!

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My Christmas Prayer

Do your expectations of Christmas often leave you more stressed than blessed?  A few years ago, while quickly sliding down that stressful path towards Christmas, I wrote down a prayer to help me focus on a God-glorifying Season! I just “happened” to come across this prayer again, and realize I need to pray it again–TODAY! Perhaps, you want to join me? ...more

'Tis Better to Receive - The Scandal of Christmas

'Tis better to receive - the true scandal of Christmas!  Find out why at Deeper with Jesus in Rhode Island at http://loristanleyroeleveld.blogspot.com/ See you there!...more

Prince of Peace

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.   And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”    (Isaiah 9:6)  I don’t know about you, but I desperately need an extra measure of peace in our day and time, especially during the holiday season.  The biblical key to peace is Christ’s Authority!  Webster defines “peace” in this way:  a state of tranquility or quiet; a state of security or order within a community; a state or period of mutual concord; without strife or disorder…  When the Lord Jesus becomes your Lord and Savior, you gain access to His peace.  The Book of Isaiah uses the word peace 26 times. God promised the nation of Israel peace when they returned wholeheartedly to the Lord.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  In 32:17 Isaiah tells us, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”  Again in Isaiah 48:17-18 & 22, “Thus says the Lord, you Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.  Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea’…’There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’”  The apostle Paul concluded the book of II Thessalonians with this benediction, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”  Ephesians 2:14 states, “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between us.”  Paul also says in Philippians 4:7, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” More importantly, Jesus Himself says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  When you have Jesus as the center of your life, He is the “still water” and tranquility you need to sustain you in a world of turmoil and chaos.  He is our example of peace and our inspiration for peace.  When we make peace with Jesus, we are no longer at enmity with God.  Our salvation guarantees us peace forever with our Creator.  Jesus becomes our peace as we bend our knee to His Authority.  Because He is the Vine and we are the branches (John 15), we are to receive that peace from His reservoir.  Peace comes to those who gladly receive downstream, that which Jesus begins upstream.   We find our security in Who He is.  Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”  He is the source of a peace that surpasses all understanding…  ...more

Thanksgiving – What does it mean to you?

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There is a Purpose in the Pain

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Rejoice in This

It all started when I stepped onto the pier after enjoying a blissful sailboat cruise with our daughter, Joy.  The edge of the night sky was still pink from an enduring sunset.  The air was cool, but not chilly, at some unknown, yet perfect temperature.  My husband was in his glory, snapping photos of the all that is life around us.  And Joy looked more beautiful and content than ever, hand in hand with her adoring husband, and wonderfully pregnant.  ...more