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I grew up with a fake Christmas tree.  Every year my dad would haul it down from the attic, place it in its stand, and we would decorate it.  That all changed when I was 12. About six weeks before Christmas, my home was leveled by...

What do we fear most? For me, the answer is easy… SNAKES!!!  I am absolutely terrified of them.  My fear traces back to a traumatic (but somewhat comical) story from my childhood—ask me about it sometime!  Since the incident, I can’t comfortably look at pictures of...

"Simplified Living requires more than just organizing your closets or cleaning out your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul."  According to pastor Bill Hybels, untangling oneself from the complicated web of life is not for the faint of heart.  But it is for those...

Some months ago, I was assigned to work on a project with someone who shares the name of my late father. My dad and I were very close, and I admired him greatly.  Although I grew up in a family of eight and my father made a very...

My brother-in-law was admitted to the hospital unexpectedly just under a month ago.  At that time, my sister was given two simple instructions that she needed to follow to stay strong through his illness.  According to the nursing staff, she needed to eat and to sleep.  Of...

Recently I was pondering all of my blessings. As I went through them, I became completely overwhelmed with how wonderfully blessed I am, and how incredibly merciful and gracious God is to me, although I deserve none of these blessings. I was so overwhelmed that the tears...

Biblical change cannot take place without hope. When attempting to help a brother or sister in need, you should make it a priority to instill hope in the individual. You must understand what biblical hope is and work to inspire hope in the person in...