Verbal Waste

toiletI had gone to the bathroom to take care of business. When I stood and flushed, the waste water suddenly rose very quickly to the top and began to overflow fast and furiously. Like a raging river, it made its way out the bathroom, down the hall, and towards the living room in record speed, destroying everything in its path. I tried yelling ahead to loved ones in the living room to “look out!” but it was too late. They had been swept away in the river of filth. Continue reading

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The Heart of a Child

Matthew 18:1-5 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation.  2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)

frustrated tired childMy seven-year-old son came up to me with his hand outstretched. “Look, Mom.” I was horrified to see my husband’s watch broken in countless pieces in his palm. Continue reading

When No One Else is Listening

See what they spew from their mouths— the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, “Who can hear us?” (Psalm 59:7)

woman on phoneShe must have accidently butt-dialed me, because she would have never allowed anyone to hear her speaking to her husband like that. She wasn’t yelling, nor did she sound angry. He listened and made a comment or two, but she did most of the talking. The problem was she spoke to him in an all too familiar know-it-all, condescending, and disrespectful manner. Continue reading

The Wrestling

“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15

cryingThey pretty much threw me under the bus. Rather than defend me, they took her side. She now felt even more justified in treating me the way she had.

I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me or that I didn’t stew over it for hours. The truth is, I stewed over it for three entire days! Continue reading

Caught in Conceit

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

drive-thru-night1She honked at me! I couldn’t believe she had honked at me! There were three cars ahead of me at the drive-through window and they had moved up just a little and I hadn’t. So she honked to get my attention. Continue reading

The Progression of Sin

no-slave-to-sin“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Romans 13:14 (NKJV)

Have you ever wondered whether or not a certain activity is really a sin? I have. In fact, one day about 30 years ago, just prior to doing something questionable, I prayed, “God, if this is a sin, then have Pastor Mike call me on the phone right now.” He wasn’t in the habit of calling me, so I was pretty sure it was a safe prayer – until the phone began ringing. Continue reading