God sees something in us that He put there, but our life experiences, the world, our choices, and our circumstances have hidden the beauty that is inside each of us. God’s desire is to make us shine like the diamonds we are. I know, you don’t feel like a diamond. Neither do I. Yet, I know God. I know His heart for His children. He hurts when He see the muck that has clouded His treasure. So, He sets to work. Cleaning and polishing us to His plan.

How does God do this? You might ask. He chisels. It hurts. We don’t like that, so we usually resist. We go our own way and get more muck piled on top of us. God hurts. We hurt. God begins to chisel again. We cry out, “God it hurts.” He continues chiseling. Finally we see what must be and submit. Chisel Lord. Make me into Your workmanship. As Lysa Terkeurst says in Unglued:

“Paul was God’s workmanship. Peter was God’s workmanship. We are God’s workmanship! God is chiseling us, making us new, releasing us from our hard places – those places that make us feel so stinkin defeated – so we can do good works. Works God has prepared for us, which means He knows best how to prepare in us the character we need to fulfill our calling.

Oh that we might hear the purposeful clink of the Master’s chisel and call it grace:

‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV 1984)”

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of being weighed down by the weight of the world on my shoulders. I’m not able to carry all the demands of others. I lose me in the process. I end up not knowing who I am or what I was created for, but God knows. It was His plan all along to make me into the image of Christ Jesus His Son to do His good works on the earth. I was made in the image of God. I don’t look like that to myself and I certainly don’t look like that to other people, but I look like that to God. That’s what He sees in me. That’s why He chisels and chisels. He is working on me. The work goes faster when I choose to cooperate with Him. I think I’ll do that.

Maybe you would like to join me on this journey of becoming all that God created you to be.  If so, why don’t you give this Proverbs 31 OBS a try?  I think you will gain much from the study of UNGLUED by Lysa TerKeurst.  Sign up now.




I haven’t kept up with my blog like I intended.  I have this habit of thinking, “I’ll do it later.”  Let me tell you that later will come and you still won’t do what you intended to do, whether it is as simple as updating a blog or visiting a friend.

We lost a dear friend this week to complication of the flu.  Time changed things quicker than I expected and now the chance to visit him is gone.  Now I have made a promise not to do that with his wife who is my very best friend and prayer partner.  Yes, visits take time and planning.  However, time changes things when we least expect them.  It’s important to do this sooner rather than later.

This is my advice to you – do it now.  Don’t let time pass you by so that you miss great opportunities.  Especially make time for family and make time for friends.

Miss opportunities can not be regained.

Blessings to all of you.

All His Love

God gave all His Love when He sent His Son, His only Son, into this world to die for sinful man.  He doesn’t ask us to die for Him, He died for us.  By the blood of the Lamb of God the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, I’m made clean.  I didn’t clean myself up so I could go to Him.  He came for me.  He cleaned me up and then He drew me to Himself.  Now He calls me His child. I am in the Family of God Almighty. I’m humbled and I’m grateful. I’m loved. And that is enough for me.

What I Wish for Christmas

What would I wish for Christmas?  That love would mean more.  That God would come first and family second.  That hearts would be tender to the needs of others – not just financial needs, but social and spiritual needs.  That people would seek to pull together instead of tear apart.  That Christ Jesus would be welcomed into every heart.

Yet, I know that evil still exist in the world and many don’t know the Love of God, so they are lost in a world of darkness.  I wish it were not so, but that is the result of sin.  For the most part, man does not accept the idea of sin, so he sees no need of a Savior.  Yet without a Savior, sin keeps us buried in the darkness.  We wallow in evil.  We call evil good and good evil.  We can’t help it because we can not see clearly.  Oh, how sad!  The saddest thing of all is that it’s so unnecessary.  Because a Savior has come.  A Savior has bleed and died for all this sin we wallow in.  A Savior lives to give us victory over the darkness of this world.  A Savior cries out to us, “This is the way, walk in it.”  We don’t heed His voice and suffer loss.  This breaks His heart.  It really does.

Today, would you stop a moment and think what you would truly wish for Christmas?  Is what you wish for out of your reach?  Is it important?  Is it lasting?  Is it a Savior?


September is an exciting month for me this year. First on the list in the very first Proverbs 31 OBS Retreat being held September 19-21 at The Cove in Asheville, NC. I actually get to go to this!! Then to top off the month Proverbs 31 OBS will begin a new study. This one will use a new book by Lysa TerKeurst called The Best Yes Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. I’ve have the privilege to read this book already and I was very impressed!

So, if you’ve never attempted an Bible Study, I recommend this one. Don’t worry about time. Proverbs 31 OBS are made to fit your schedule. That’s one of the great thing about this organization. We say “Your life is crazy. Your Bible Study doesn’t have to be.”

So here your chance. We want to invite you to join our next OBS if you haven’t already. It’s The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst, already a best-seller on The New York Times list! That study begins September 22 and Lysa and I hope you’ll join us! We have a lot of great stuff planned for this study! You can sign up here. – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/current-study/#sthash.WM0Ii3iY.dpuf

Be Intentional

I totally get this. I too am looking at ways to “Be Intentional” in my life. I want to make changes for the better. I’m setting short-term and longer-term goals in the areas of: putting God first, maintaining healthier eating habits, being faithful in exercise, and feeding my mind good food daily. These are all things that will not only make my life better, but will enable me to serve other better.


I have been hearing God whisper to my heart: “Be Intentional”. It has been a few months and that whisper continues. I have looked at each piece of my life and I see somethings that I really need to focus on. Primarily, I am taking steps to focus on God. I have been making myself busy…trying not to think…trying not to feel. God created us to feel and think. He created us to draw close to Him.

Father God, 
           Help me to draw close to you. Help me to be intentional in my relationship with you. Keep my eyes on you…focused only on you. Fill me with your love and peace. Help me to grow in you. I desire to go deeper…for you to search every part of me. I long to feel your grace in my soul. May you help me to be intentional in everything you call…

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Moving Forward

This is a great song to go with Jeanie’s blog and the whole idea of #MovingForward. Yes, Jesus Christ is a true Hero!


Today I am going to talk about moving forward. Moving forward from the past hurts and things that have hit me upside the head. I guess, to say, I like to stay in a rut always running the little wheel in the hamster cage, but I had to make up my mind that I could not do that. I needed to let go of the past and move on. So I am going to give a few examples of my moving forward.

First one is that I am moving forward from my dad passing in 2009. This has been hard on me and with this month coming I dread it, but I have to carry on. Granted I would love to run and hide in bed all day after this month is over with. But I know that I cannot do that. I need to face it head on and…

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Yes, I’ve determined to #StickWithIt. The hope of the world is Jesus and He is my hope, my strength, and my life. Yes, sometimes it seems hard and I can feel hopeless, but what I feel is not reality. Only the Word of God will prove true in the end. I’m saying #YestoGod.

Palms open…

Read this blog and then join us and Say Yes To God.



Frantically she jabbed anything she could find down the space between her car window and the door. Locking keys in the car is irritating and mortifying all at the same time. And yes, I would choose the parking space right next to her.

I hear God whisper, “Go in and get money for her. She can’t afford a locksmith.”

“No God,” I reply. “I’m in a hurry! Ryan leaves for camp tomorrow, plus I have to pay for Bella to get spayed….where is this money going to come from? Can’t somebody else help her? If she’s still out here when I get done shopping, I will help her.”

Well, I finished shopping, and guess what, she was still there.

The kind young man who loaded my groceries noticed her plight and offered to find her a better tool than the coat hanger she continued to frantically finagle.

“See God, she…

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