Fear blocks the Good news…

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10 Recently a friend reminded me of a fact within the scriptures.   Whenever God spoke or sent an angel to speak for Him, the first words spoken were “Fear Not”.  As the afternoon passed, the Holy Spirit began to speak to my heart and mind showing me how if fear had remained, the ones being spoken to would have missed life altering messages from...

Where is our hope?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  Hebrews 11:1-3 I never really gave much thought to hope until today.  I heard a pastor explain how it can only exist in our future.  He went on to explain how God gave each of us this amazing gift so that we always have wonderful...

Restoration

I love “before and after” reveals whether it be a house or a person. My daughter and I love seeing something or someone restored to its original or true beauty and purpose. It’s exciting for during the process there is great hope and anticipation of what the final product will be. I believe that’s how our Creator feels about us. God is the ultimate restoration guru. He sees what He created us to be and the purpose and plan He created just for us when no one, not even we, can see it. He...

Help! I don’t look sick…

In the early years of my caregiver career I had the honor of caring for both of my maternal grandparents.  My grandfather suffered a debilitating stroke which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body and bound to a wheelchair for the remaining 18 years of his life.  At the same time, my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent not only chemotherapy but extensive radiation therapy.  Both of these precious people had something in common.  You could see their disability...

A God who actually listens!

King David was a “man after God’s own heart” but yet like me he made mistakes quite often.  David loved God and the two shared a very intimate relationship.  In studying the life of David I continue to find that He devoted much time throughout each day in prayer to God.  He figured out that in order to hear the voice of God he had to actually spend time communicating with Him. As I took the ten minute walk from my car to the Jerry Falwell Library this morning on the campus of Liberty...

Caregiver burn out…

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (Isaiah 40:29) I talk to so many different caregivers who when they begin to talk to me about their situation they begin to cry or become very upset due to feeling overwhelmed or frustrated.  I totally understand these feelings because I am still a caregiver to not only my husband who has heart failure, but also to my mom who battled breast cancer and most recently underwent her second total knee...

They just don’t understand…

When God begins to speak in your life it is a beautiful and amazing experience which truly cannot be explained by mere words.  It is the reality that the creator of the universe, the heavens, and the earth desires to form, cultivate, and continue an intimate relationship with us. Several years ago I began to see God in new and exciting ways.  He would speak to me through the words of others, in the meaning of the scriptures, and often in songs of worship.  It was very evident and clear to me...

Afraid at Christmas…

As I read the story of Jesus’ birth and the events that led up to it, I find a common theme. Repeatedly angels brought messages to people of God but first were told not to be afraid. If we believe in God and know that He loves us as we say, then why do we live in constant fear? Shouldn’t we and these believers from so long ago know that God only loves us and desires to bless us? In Luke chapter 1 I see that Zachariah, a priest in God’s temple, is met by an angel of the Lord with an...

Helped like Mary…

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 Why is it that we ladies don’t like to accept help?  My husband asks me repeatedly, “Why don’t you just ask for some help instead of doing it by yourself?”  Well, to be honest, I have gotten some negative responses when I have asked for help in the past, which has jaded...

The shore is in sight…

I recently studied Acts chapter 27 and I was amazed at what God revealed to me about caregivers through this story of Paul.  I always love to study this man of God for he was the most unlikely to have been chosen by God and I see myself in that same light.  I wonder all the time why God would have chosen a woman from North Carolina whose only dream in life was to be an elementary school teacher to be a voice for caregivers all across the world.  Are you like me and every wonder, “What was...