Jul 03



Tomorrow is Independence Day—which reminds me of Jesus.


  • Just as men and women fought and died to create a country where we could have freedom from an oppressive government, so did Jesus die on the cross to enable a way for us to live free from the stain of sin and the tyranny of rules.  Because of Jesus, we have true freedom.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2 NIV).

Throughout the history of our country, men and women have fought and died to preserve and protect the freedom we gained over 200 years ago in the War for Independence. They also fought and died to defend our right to worship the freedom we gained over 2000 years ago through Jesus.

 Tomorrow we fly our flags and celebrate the colors: red, white and blue.

  • In flag symbolism, red is the color of blood shed—both of American soldiers who died and Jesus whose blood provided an eternal sacrifice for us.

  • White symbolizes peace and purity. We people long for peace in our lives and in our country. Jesus encompassed both peace and purity by His life and teachings.

  • Blue symbolizes justice. Our country is based on law; our society seeks justice to pursue wisdom and harmony. Father God is the supreme Judge; Jesus is our mediator; the Holy Spirit is our counselor.

Tomorrow I’ll be celebrating the freedom I have in this country and the freedom I have because of Jesus. And I’ll be waving my flag and remembering Him.

Jun 26



It’s the end of June. One half of 2017 is now (almost) over. Did you set goals in January? How are you doing moving toward achieving them?

At the beginning of Q2, my husband encountered some serious health issues. At that time, I made the conscious decision to put all of my writing goals on hold—indefinitely. My decision was to write and work on books whenever time allowed, but that my sweet one’s health was my number one priority for the foreseeable future.

What actually happened was that, although I have only dabbled at book writing this past quarter, God—through my husband’s encouragement—led me to return to illustrating books for children. And I could work on that illustrating in the family room or on the patio where my sweet one was resting.

By reworking my 2017 goals to pursue illustration more than writing, God showed me how to stay bookishly productive while maintaining my focus on my husband.

The point for our goal review today is to remember that life changes. Things come up. Priorities rework themselves. But if we know what our ultimate goal is, we can often find ways to pursue it.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have you progressed toward the goals you set for 2017? Have priorities changed? What obstacles have you faced? How can you keep moving forward?

Jun 19

PRAYING NAMES: Maureen and Brian

Maureen Brian

I love to pray that people will live the meaning of their names.  Our names have meaning and for those who love Jesus, those names are written in His book of life. They are important.

Today I am praying for one of our church pastors and his wife that they will live the meaning of their names.

What about you? Do you know what your name means? How can you seek to live that meaning?

Maureen: great; sea of bitterness (a variation of Mary)

Heavenly Father, we pray Maureen will live the meaning of her name. We pray that throughout her life she will look to you to lift her above the sea of bitterness and step out in faith to walk on the water with you. We pray also that she will come to see herself as you do, knowing she can do all things, great or small, through your strength. Amen.

Brian: strong; noble

Heavenly Father, we pray Brian will live the meaning of his name. We pray that throughout his life he will stand strong in his faith in you. We pray he will always know your strength and pray also that he will recognize his nobility as a child of you—our King, Jesus. Amen.


NOTE: Each month I write prayers for people to live the meaning of their names. Do you have someone you would like to pray for in this way? Leave me a comment below and I will write a prayer for them in a future month.

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