How to Pray

If you’ve ever read any of my GEMs, you will likely find two calls to action on a regular basis – read your bible and pray. Those two feats are a common theme that I think will carry me through until the end of time and – just so you know – you will probably […]

The Bible

Lately, my church has been doing a sermon series called, Fully Alive in Christ.  It’s been interesting, informational and downright eye-opening.  Love it when that happens!!! The biggest take-away I’ve had so far during this sermon series is how few of us actually dust off our Bibles, open them up and READ. Crazy, I know. […]

And Who Is My Neighbor?

Once again, I was pinned to my seat by Sunday’s sermon…this is happening WAY TOO OFTEN!  Wonder what that means?  Uh, oh! The scripture reading was from Luke 10 where an expert of the law asked Jesus what he had to do in order to inherit eternal life because, of course, we humans have anything […]

Relying on God

Have you ever noticed how everything always works itself out? For example, that final exam in Calculus when you were a sophomore in college that you fretted about for the entire semester…do you even know what you scored?  Probably not. Or what about that appraisal that came in too high for the house you were […]

Taking Care of Others

As seen in Thursday’s blog, taking care of yourself is crucial in order to be a valuable servant in the world we live in.  Clearly, when we don’t get the rest, exercise or God’s Power (through scripture and prayer) on a daily basis we become useless. However, the next step in the process is to […]

Taking Care of Yourself

The older I get, the more I realize that taking care of me (body, mind and spirit) is more important than I ever thought.  Yep…I’m slow like that! Not only do I want to be healthy as I age, but I’d really like to feel good, too!!  Of course, my vanity is mixed in there, […]

We Have No Idea

When was the last time you looked around and noticed someone in need?  Today?  Yesterday?  Last month?  Did you do something about it? Uh oh.  I’m not sure I like my answer. The ugly truth is that often we use excuses, judgments and fear to keep us from helping others.  We spend way too much […]

Why Read Scripture?

It’s amazing what you can learn from an eight-year-old! This morning as we were getting ready for school, Jake (the eight-year-old) told me he was really scared of airplanes.  Of course, flying was the topic of discussion because husband and father, Lee, had just left earlier for a business trip. I asked Jake why he […]

Under Attack

Ever have one of those days where absolutely everything went awry?  Or maybe you’ve had a year or two that you seemed to struggle through and you wondered what in the world was going on. My husband’s boss said it best the year that both of our fathers passed away, “Man, you’ve had it rough […]

Taking Action

We all go through life wanting to change something.  Maybe it’s a job, an attitude, a physical attribute or that hideous color painted in your bathroom.  Regardless of the situation, nothing will change unless we take action. Honestly, we can complain or discuss the problem at length, but if we never take the first step […]