Volume 14.03 | March 2013

  • 01-Fullness.Of.Joy

    Fullness of Joy

    I was 20 when I first read the gospels. That was also when I began to form my own thoughts about God and Jesus. Until then my beliefs had been sketchy at best and based on things I’d heard others say. The truth was that I’d never given the subject any real thought. As I […]

  • 02-Living.Hope

    Living Hope

    I grew up in a Christian home and have been familiar with the Easter story since childhood, but it wasn’t until last year that I discovered what Easter means for me personally. Last Easter, my thoughts were not on the glory of Jesus’ resurrection, the triumph of good over evil, or even the bright morning […]

  • 03-Hes.Alive

    He’s Alive!

    It had been about three years since they had answered the call to follow Jesus. Each had his own story. Nathanael was told he was “an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit.”1 Peter and his brother Andrew heard the words, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men,”2 while casting their […]

  • 04-Joy.The.Sunshine.Fruit

    Joy—The Sunshine Fruit

    “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law”.1 We all know what it’s like to have our lives beset by problems. Financial difficulties, inclement weather, or even rush-hour traffic can cast a pall over our spirits. But it doesn’t have to be […]

  • 05-A.Breath.Of.Fresh.Air

    A Breath of Fresh Air

    It was a particularly hot, muggy summer day, and Jeffrey and I had already been traveling for a few hours when we plopped down in a stuffy bus station waiting room in northern Italy. “Did I really have to come?” he muttered. How had I gotten this idea? Dragging a 14-year-old away from his friends […]

  • 06-An.Imperfect.World

    An Imperfect World

    It was just a little thing, that smile on my baby’s face, but it changed my perspective on life. As he woke and looked up at me, he was looking at what mattered most in the world to him—me! He didn’t care that I was dressed in mismatched pajamas, my hair a mess. He just […]

  • 07-Mayan.Civilization

    Mayan Civilization

    When our volunteer work took my husband Andrew, our daughter Angelina, and me from Europe to Central America, we were blessed with the wonderful opportunity to visit a peaceful lake in Guatemala that had once been a local center of the rich Mayan culture. In this serene setting, the main event of the day for […]

  • 08-11.Tips.For.Beating.The.Blues

    11 Tips for Beating the Blues

    1. Count your blessings. Expressing gratitude does wonders to lift your spirit. There is spiritual power in praise that can counterbalance whatever is weighing on you. 2. Get in touch with Jesus. He loves and cares for you, and He’s got the solution to every problem. Talk to Him about how you feel; read God’s […]

  • 09-When.Goods.Better.Than.Best

    When Good Is Better Than Best

    There is an adage, “Good is the enemy of best.” The point is that settling for something that is merely good may mean that something better is never attained. It seems to be a cultural imperative these days that we never settle for less than what we believe will prove to be the absolute best […]

  • 10-Five.Senses.Thanksgiving

    5 Senses Thanksgiving

    Every day is filled with happy moments that we could thank God for, if we paused to acknowledge them. This thanksgiving exercise is based on what we perceive through our five traditional senses. Sight Many things are beautiful to behold, whether natural sights such as trees and flowers, created works such as art and architecture, […]

  • 11-Balance

    Balance

    The ability to look on the bright side is a gift. It enhances your happy times and makes the difficult times more bearable. It’s the gateway to greater joy, which is one of the many treasures you found when you found Me. Love, faith, peace, joy—these and many more are My gifts to sustain and […]