Showing posts from 2018

Prayer Strategy From Football?

Each football season, my husband, Scott, and I look forward to watching our grandson, Justin, play football. It’s thrilling live action, as though you’re right in the game. You hear clashing of helmets; almost feel the hits. And for those, like Scott, who played high school football, you’re transported back in time, remembering the game, the plays, and what it took to win.
Scott amazes me. He understands and sees everything in the game, each move Justin makes, when he’s on the field and when he’s off. Me, I can barely keep track of the football. Most of the time I have to look for the pile of bodies to know where it is.
Our Justin plays defense. He’s a linebacker, I think. At least that’s what the newspaper called him when he intercepted a pass. Anyway, a football team’s defense doesn’t usually score points, although Justin’s defensive squad has scored several times this season and actually won a game for us.
Even though I’m not a super football enthusiast, recently when I was reading th…

The Miracle of Music

This was my year of travel. Yet, the only trip I actually planned was my “Cousins” vacation to Seattle this past August.But somehow, I ended up traveling much more than originally intended. In all my travels this year, I encountered many delayed flights, and the return trip from Seattle was the worst. Our flight out of Seattle was delayed so long we missed the connecting flight. No other flights out to Pittsburgh, PA until morning. We had a quick overnight stay and were back at the airport by 4:30am. Salt Lake City to Detroit, then on to Pittsburgh and home.
I’m rarely on Facebook, but this morning I came across an intriguing video shared by a friend:  How to pass the time when your flight is delayed. The video was a group of hip-hop dancers who waited on their delayed flight by dancing in the airport terminal. Using a cool song with great rhythm, they choreographed their moves precisely to the words, melody, and beats of th…

From Everlasting to Everlasting, You ARE God!

My oldest grandchild, Jayson, has begun his final year of high school. Where, oh where, did the time go?
Goodness, I remember beginning my senior year of high school! I also remember the day Jayson’s mom was born. Glancing back at my own life, I know my tall, strong and athletic grandson has much to look forward to, especially graduation. But beyond graduation, there is a whole world out there and, Lord willing, many years to live and things to experience. Things that will elicit joy, excitement, sadness, and yes, even pain. Yet, to him, anticipating his future is exhilarating and nothing less than rose-colored. Truly, I would not want it to be any other way and I’m eager to see where, and in which direction, God leads him.
Considering this, it’s interesting to me that the last few weeks the Lord has had me in Psalm 90. I have to admit, although it’s a beautiful Psalm with a majestic description of our God, it is also a bit depressing. Psalm 90 is ascribed to Moses as his prayer, not on…

Falling Prey to False Gods

For the past year, my Sunday School Class has been doing a verse by verse study of the book of Hosea. It’s a short book, only 14 chapters, but there is much for us to learn. Next Sunday, we will begin Chapter 13 and in my opinion, this is the most important chapter. Why you ask? First, because the Gospel is clearly presented. Second, it shows the power and majesty of our Triune God. Third, the poignant fact that help for this doomed northern kingdom of Israel is found in no one elsebut the Lord their God. And lastly, because of the strong parallel to our nation.
 God used Hosea to “act out” His love for His chosen people, the whole house of Israel. Yet since the Cross of Jesus Christ and the other sheepour Lord continues to bring into the fold,[1] the spiritual lessons of Hosea also apply to us.

God IS Greater

Sometimes memoriesare marvelous and comforting. Remembering wonderful moments of our life – being hired for the job we dreamed of – love – marriage – the birth of our children – watching these children grow, experience life and love. Yet, sometimes memories aren’t so great. Sometimes mistakes we’ve made or things done to us flood our minds causing remorse, anxiety, depression, and feelings of worthlessness or blame.
Where do we go with these feelings? If we are true believers, we have repented, received forgiveness, and God’s Gift of salvation. So why do bad memories still plague us? Are they merely lies of the enemy filling our mind? Could they be something else, or maybe, a combination of the two? Good questions.

Our Eyes Are Upon You

Here we go again. Another school shooting.
This time the students are crying out even more vehemently for gun control. These kids are our future lawmakers and it’s frightening. The majority do not understand the human sin nature.
This week I decided to begin again in Genesis to read through the Bible. I wanted to read and not study, but I only made it to Genesis 4:14 before I was compelled to turn to a cross-reference passage. Many may remember the first fourteen verses of Genesis 4 tell the tragic account of Cain and Abel. “…Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”[1] Immediately my mind went to the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting. What led 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis to open fire on students and teachers?

A Sign Of The Times?

The Greek physician, Hippocrates, said, “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”[1]

For the past almost 19 years I’ve experienced this truth. I work in a physical medicine office and as such, our medical office has a Chiropractic emphasis. We treat the spine that houses and protects our central nervous system and we deal with pain naturally.

Three weeks ago our office attended a Conference to learn about some new and innovative ways to help our patients. However, we were also privileged to hear Dr. John Rosa, who, among other things, is the White House Surrogate for the Opioid Crisis. Dr. Rosa gave alarming statistics about the amount of opiates prescribed in the United States and why. Because of pain from injury, surgery, etc., opiates are prescribed. According to Dr. Rosa, in an average day, 650,000 prescriptions for opiates such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Morphine and Codeine are prescribed, 4,000 of those patients start non-medical use, 600 start heroin use, 3,30…

This Man

To you, who is Jesus?
To the typical, unbelieving man on the street, Jesus may be a good man, a teacher, an avatar of the divine, or even a myth invented by man to control the masses. I can’t remember where I heard this last comment, but it saddens me. I feel the anger and cynicism behind it and I sense the person’s hatred of anyone they believe is telling them what they can or cannot do.
The problem with the unbeliever’s conclusions about Jesus is their conscience; that innate awareness of right and wrong. They can’t explain it or get rid of it. They’re convicted by a law they refuse to acknowledge and it angers them. Yet, the only reason we know right from wrong is because God wrote it. The Almighty, Triune God set the Standard and no matter what we do there’s no getting around it.

No King? No King.

“In those days there was no kingin Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”[1]
God’s heart is breaking and His Spirit is grieved over the tragedy and chaos this nation has experienced just in 2018. Some say from January 1st to February 14th there has been eighteen school shootings. Snopes website, quoting The Washington Post says, “No, only five”[2]. But even one is too many. My heart also breaks, not merely for the Parkland, Florida school shooting victims and their families, but for every school shooting victim since the first, Columbine.
Last week this insanity came closer to home. A Jackson Middle School student shot himself in the school restroom and he has now succumbed to his wounds. At first the shooting was thought to be accidental, but later being labeled a suicide.
Sadly, it seems the panic arising from the Jackson Middle School shooting may have spurred a social media threat to at least one of our local schools causing several schools to go on lock-down. My twelv…

Had Your Faith Tested Lately?

Consider all the scripture we so confidently stand on when we are healthy, job secure, and happy, does it hold true when we are sick, in need of financial aid, lonely and sad? If we are genuine believers, we know the answer is YES. Nevertheless, in the midst of trials, sometimes it’s hard to keep the faith and believe.
I’m going through such a test right now. I have been diagnosed with Vertigo, a deep inner ear inflammation that causes dizziness and nausea. The ER Doc says it has to run its course. But when will that be? I’ve prayed for healing, yet I’m still waiting. I’m a busy, energetic, working woman reduced to lying flat in my bed and sleeping most of the time. I can’t serve the Lord this way and He knows it. I don’t know what to do and I don’t know when I will be better. I’m tempted to fear. But I know, deep down in my soul, God is good, no matter what. He has not given me a spirit of fear. No, He’s given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. God loves me and I believe He…