One of the things that makes a dead leaf fall to the ground is the bud of the new leaf that pushes it off the limb.
Cynthia came in quietly and set a cup of tea before him. He kissed her hand, inexpressibly grateful, and she went back into the kitchen. When we view the little things with thanksgiving, even they become big things.
Phillipians 4:13 for Pete's sake!
Are you reading your Bible?" Ah, well...I was." And then you quit." You got it." Then, you can expect to be weak on one of your flanks, and that's precisely where the Enemy will come after you with a vengeance.
Don't fear whatever God lays before you today.
Love is an endless act of forgiveness.
There may be circumstances in this life that God uses to keep bringing us back to Him, looking for His grace.
Loving can be hard. Sometimes we don't feel loving, but it isn't all about feeling. Very often it is about will. Practice that if you can.
Bottom line, wasn’t life itself a special occasion?
My first novel is loaded with food references largely because my cupboards were bare, and I was writing hungry.
There's nothing trite about being consoled in a world that does everything in its power to deliver sorrow.
Lord, make me a blessing to someone today
So here is what my advice would be: If God has given you a dream, you'd better get cracking because He wants you to use it. That's why He gives them to us in the first place.
Sometimes you have to gag on fancy before you can appreciate plain.
Well, I think some people are very happy in retirement. And in a year and a half I'm going to see how happy I feel in retirement. I'm just going to not work quite so hard, but I'll continue to write as long as God gives me breath.
The significant, life-forming times are the dull, in-between times.
Give me faith, Lord, to know Your Presence as surely as I know the beating of my own heart. I've felt so far from You.
When the trees and the power lines crashed around you, when the very roof gave way above you, when the light turned to darkness and water turned to dust, did you call on Him? When you called on Him, was He somewhere up there, or was He as near as your very breath?
I have confidence that God is with us in all things, both tender and tough
Writing is a way of processing our lives. And it can be a way of healing.
So many people don't know that God loves them. They feel, 'Why would God love me? Why would He be interested in me?
There are so many people who don't know small towns exist. When I write, I want to give my readers two things: one is a sense of consolation, and two, I want to make them laugh.
Easter is never deserved.
In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After 'Nam, it was post-traumatic stress disorder.
When we turn from our sin, and have the blessed forgiveness of the Almighty, then we can ask Him to run things, and let Him be in charge.
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