Marriage is a Gift- Treat It As One
on June 15th, 2022
Recently, a beloved Dove leader, Steve P., wrote a blog celebrating his 47 years of marriage, and giving us excellent advice on how to stay married - and happily.It was amusing to me that when I posted this on my FB pg., I got losts and lost of warm "congratulations" posts- even though it was a picture of Steve and his wife, Mary, and grandson. And stated 47 years. We don't look like them, and ...
CAN YOU HELP ME?
on March 28th, 2022
MARCH 2022When was the last time you asked someone for help? When was the last time you admitted you needed help? Do you find yourself, instead, saying (or thinking) "I can handle this myself, thank you very much."We live in an age and culture where independence and self-determinism is valued and celebrated. And while we don't want to be people who lie off of or take advantage of others, we do ...
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES
on January 27th, 2022
Do you sometimes begin to pray and don’t feel that you have the right words? Do you feel your prayers could be more empowered, or more personal?We know that prayer is simply talking with God. We also know that James promised us in James 5:16 that when our prayers are honest and fervent, they bring about much! Have you ever considered the most effective prayers come right from the Bible? Through th...
WHAT WILL YOUR TOMBSTONE READ?
on October 18th, 2021
WHAT WILL YOUR TOMBSTONE READ?October 2021It's the time of year where people engage in Halloween and horror activities. Personally, I'm not a fan. It doesn't seem to me these things flow from the throne of God, and in fact, come from the opposite. However, since we do want to be relevant, as a church and people of God, I'll move this month's blog in that direction, sort of.Several of us have j...
DREAMING GOD\'S DREAM
on September 8th, 2021
It began when I read of a Dove sister's ( Jova Tumusiime) death in Uganda, Africa, from covid in July. Africa was only 2% vaccinated, while the United States had massive amounts of covid vaccines going unused. This can't be right I thought! Something has to be done about it. I want to take those unwanted vaccines from the US to Africa and get shots into arms to save lives in the name and for t...
on August 23rd, 2021
LET'S DANCE!August Blog 2021Jesus modeled for all of us the importance and need to be "away and apart" at times. In Mark 6:31, He said, "Come with me to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while." God modeled rest on the 7th day of Creation, as well (Genesis 2:2).The importance of all of us making time, taking time, carving out time to rest, cannot be stressed enough. The word "stress" is ...
Heavenly Downloads in the Shower
on July 6th, 2021
July 2021Heavenly Downloads in the Shower!Have you ever noticed some of your best ideas come when...you're in the shower?! Or, perhaps, the bath? It's set apart time, when you're by yourself and not talking. You're notdistracted by anyone or anything else. If you're a follower of Christ, it's uninterrupted time when He can fully get your attention and speak to you.Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, ...
The Power of Contentment
on April 21st, 2021
“The Power of Contentment”April 2021It was overheard in an office recently, “We’re happy with what we have.”The occasion was actually an administrator responding to a pushy salesperson, but the words lingered in the air. How refreshing to hear someone say they were happy with what they have!Proverbs 19:23 tells us, “The fear of the Lord leads to life:Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”T...
on March 11th, 2021
Life Lessons from the movie "Groundhog Day"February 10, 2021There's something very fitting about watching the classic movie "Groundhog Day," on ...Groundhog Day, February 2, every year. In case you don't know, this movie was made in1993, and stars Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray plays Phil Connors, a cynical television weatherman covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, P...
No Fear Here!
on January 25th, 2021
No Fear Here! January 2021 Blog“5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper.She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn't want to go in alone. "It's dark in there and I'm scared." She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, "It's OK--Jesus will be in there with you."Johnny walked ...
What's in a Name?
on December 7th, 2020
“What’s In A Name?” December 2020People go to great lengths to choose the “perfect” name for their baby.They consider family names. They look through Biblical names. They get bombarded with suggestions from everyone with whom they’re in contact. They buy baby name books, and search online. Finally, the name is chosen, the baby is born, ...
What can we learn from the Amish?
on October 20th, 2020
What can we learn from the Amish?On a recent trip to lovely Lancaster County, Pa., there was an opportunity to take an Amish tour, and learn more about this remarkable group of people. Most people know the Amish choose to live differently from the non-Amish people around them. If you're not Amish, by the way, you're considered "English". The Ami...