As the calendar page is turned to November, my thoughts default to the day that is focused on giving thanks for all of God’s provision throughout the year that I carefully recorded in my journal. When I relocated from San Diego, my place of birth and residency for my entire life, to assume a position at The Master’s University, a colleague gave me a lovely journal and pen. It prompted me to begin a habit of daily recounting God’s blessings to me. I have filled numerous volumes and use Psalm 103 as the foundational verse for each. I weekly reread entries from previous years and find that as I chose to integrate thankfulness into my life, I am capable of coping with grief, loss, and stress. Focusing on the blessings in my life during challenging times, I am able to embrace the Apostle Paul’s challenge to “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1. Thess. 5:18)Read More
If you walk into a room and the conversation stops, what is your assumption? Would your response be they were talking about you? Would your reflex reaction be fear of rejection—the source of which is the fear of man (Prov. 29:25)—or trust in your heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally (Jer. 31:3)?Read More
I am rejoicing that summer officially arrived on June 21! Hands down, it is my favorite season of the year. I love the long days, sunshine, warm weather, as well as all of the opportunities for fellowship. However, if I wish to experience a “no regret” summer, I learned that just as it is incredibly important to not allow my tithing to slack off, so I must be intentional to not allow my life priorities to vacation during the next three months.Read More
I am definitely NOT a morning person. I think when my heavenly Father mixed my DNA He added a pinch of owl to it. As night falls I am typically filled with energy. However, it is definitely an act of the will to say “Good morning, Lord” rather than “Good Lord, it is morning” when daylight breaks.
Since a majority of the world functions during daylight hours, it is necessary for me to arise in the morning, and to please my heavenly Father, I need to do so with a positive attitude. Philippians 4:8-9 provides me with a formula to create that attitude—think on things that are true, honest, pure, lovely, and of good report. Thus, as I anticipate the day before me, I choose, through my Lord’s strength, to meditate on those things that will allow me to “walk worthy of my calling” (Eph. 4:32) during the 24 hours that are given to me.Read More
Recently I was chatting with several friends about the spirit of discontent that appears to permeate every facet of twenty-first century society. One friend shared her grandchildren were encouraging their parents to divorce. There was no abnormal conflict between the Dad and Mom, so they began to probe why their children would make such a suggestion. Investigation yielded that several of their friend’s parents were divorced. Now on holidays they received many more gifts than they had when their parents were married! My friend’s children firmly confirmed that they intended to stay married and that they would continue in the established family gift-giving traditions. Regrettably, the inability of our culture to focus on and express gratitude for the present is prevalent. Such a worldview establishes the foundation for a lifestyle of discontentment.Read More
Almost immediately following the removal of Christmas decorations from retailers, Valentine merchandise appears. I am an enthusiast of all of the décor of the season because it reminds me that my gracious heavenly Father is the author of love. Along with admiring the lovely colors and messages, I am reminded of God’s Valentine to me found in John 3:16:Read More
A new year is upon you filled with numerous opportunities to deepen your relationship with your heavenly Father and to increase your ability to fulfill the special plan He has just for you! You have a better opportunity to fulfill that plan if you are spiritually and physically fit. How are you beginning this new year—are you approaching it with a solid understanding of the nutritional requirements necessary for spiritual and physical vitality, or are you randomly starting it without a deliberate dietary plan?Read More
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the rich, harmonious music that tunes my heart to the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth! Century old carols and current melodies teach me the theology of our Lord’s sacrifice for me. As I savor each musical selection I am challenged to search my heart to discern if it reflects the level of harmony that they represent.Read More
As the days shorten and calendar pages are turned, thoughts of holiday celebrations begin to occupy our minds. Amidst your planning may I pose a question — would you consider including the grieving on your holiday guest list?Read More
Daily, the media reports evidence that convicts high profile individuals of behaviors which, in many instances, renders them disqualified for the position they hold. As I read the accounts, the Holy Spirit probes my heart with the question, “Pat, if it becomes a crime to be a Christian, would there be adequate evidence in your lifestyle to convict you?” This question challenges me to probe my life to discern whether I am embracing a lifestyle that pleases God. I pray that you will consider the question as well.Read More
When I relocate to a new geographic area one of the first items on my “to do list” is to establish membership in a local church. I begin the search with prayer, asking for recommendations from my current Pastor, and examining my heart to affirm that I am focused on biblical criteria for church selectionRead More
A study of friendship teaches us that female companionship counters so many of the negative aspects of life, keeps you healthy, and may even add years to your life—it is incredibly important to identify “Relationship Busters” and provide an antidote for them to prevent injurious or unwanted effects.Read More
Our electronic world allows rapid communication with those we wish to contact. All is well when the individual immediately answers the phone or responds to the electronic message. However, it can be irritating or discouraging when we reach out to someone and the response is silence.Read More
As soon as the Easter cards are packed away in the card stores, Mother’s Day cards take their place. It is exciting to know that all Christian women have the opportunity to celebrate this special day if they say “yes” to the question that opens this Blog Post.Read More
As a twenty-first century consumer, I am well aware of my credit score—a high one opens multiple financial options, while a low one can quickly diminish them. As a friend, I am challenged to build a Friendship Confidence Score. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist serves as a wonderful role model to me (Luke 1:39-56). Her life teaches me much about the confidence that should be evident in our relationships as we see how she responded to her young friend and cousin, Mary, who was experiencing personal challenges. As we focus on “springing into spring” let’s create a vignette of Elizabeth who teaches us many principles about building confidence in relationships . . .Read More
A new year stretches before you filled with numerous opportunities to deepen your relationship with your heavenly Father and to increase your ability to fulfill the special plan He has just for you! Kelsey’s Korner probes a significant question that aligns with a portion of that plan. As you consider her insight, you will have a better opportunity to fulfill that plan if you are spiritually and physically fit. Are you approaching the year with a solid understanding of the nutritional requirements necessary for spiritual and physical vitality or are you randomly starting it without a deliberate dietary plan?Read More
As a college professor I have two primary responsibilities to my students; the first is to provide them with instruction in the subject matter content, and the second is to measure whether or not they have mastered it. Their subject matter mastery is usually measured in the form of a test—and it is always my desire that they will earn a high grade on it. I know, however, for it to be a valid measurement that the test must be difficult enough to align with their academic maturity—I do them no favors if it is too easy, and it is not a reliable measurement if it is too difficult.Read More
You may be one of many who will view the classic film “White Christmas” during the holiday season. One of my favorite songs lilting through it begins, “When I am worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep. . .” The words then walk us down memory lane creating a collage of the blessings of life. If a secular song challenges its viewers to realign their thinking, how much more should believers be stimulated to “bless the Lord and forget none of His benefits. . .” (Psalm 103)? Yet statistics suggest that the holiday season is generous with stress and skimpy with blessings.Read More
The wise woman of the 21st century will develop a Biblical Femininity World View by cultivating her mind and elevating her thoughts beyond the cultural trends. Grasping the principle of “salt and light” will aid in this development.
As you ponder the title of this post let me encourage you to first read “Kelsey’s Korner.” Her definitions and tender account of her dear “Granny” helps to focus on how we respond to the question the title ask.
When considering whether we are building a legacy, a key concept to remember is that God cares about excellence! Throughout the Scriptures we are reminded that Christians will be judged on the quality of their work (1Cor. 3:13, 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12). Practically speaking, whether we are baking a pie or preparing a financial portfolio, our deepest motivation ought to be pursuing excellence.Read More