When you became a leader, did you think it would be easy? I am not sure I thought it would be easy, but I sure didn’t’ think it would be as hard as it’s been!  I mean, we’re serving God, as His calling…why would that be anything but blessed all the time? Truly, leadership has been more blessed than I dreamed it would be, but also more difficult than I ever … [Read more...]

Today is my 8th post in this series of " Random Thoughts." Read the other posts in this category here. These thoughts have blessed me and I pray they will bless you as well. 1.    "During trying times, keep trying."  (Unknown Author) But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25 (HCSB) Father, help me not to give … [Read more...]

The first time I ever felt like God “gave” me a life verse, I was on my first international missions trip to the Central American country of Belize.  After praying about it for almost three years, I knew without a doubt God had tapped me on the shoulder and said this was the time I was to go. Being married to a state trooper, my husband was not very excited about my going to a … [Read more...]

In Life Lesson #8, we will consider God’s commands to Joshua and the Israelites as they approached the Promised Land. If you scan the first few chapters of the book Joshua, you see over and over the words, “Be strong and courageous”.Obviously what God had instructed them to do would not be easy! Ever feel that way? Please don’t say, never! I will be very intimidated if you … [Read more...]

What is it about stepping out in commitment to Christ that draws a huge target on our chests for the enemy to begin pounding on us? Somewhere in the mid 80’s my husband and I surrendered to ministry, not having a clue what that meant. We felt sure that is what God told us to do after my serving in a part time ministry position with our church in Texas and both of us having gone on overseas … [Read more...]

As a women’s ministry leader, I have navigated the years of ministry long enough to have dealt with numerous difficult seasons. At times I’ve had ministry to help me keep my focus.  It has also provided a positive diversion during sometimes long seasons of pain and frustration in other facets of my life. Not long after my husband and I surrendered to ministry (thinking it was for … [Read more...]