This Ordinary Life

“Brother how far, from the Saviour today

Risking your soul for the things that He gave

Oh if today, God should call you away

What would you give, in exchange for your soul”


1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;


This world glitters. It dazzles and shines. Beautiful really. And yet, it is nothing more than a deception. It’s no wonder seeing how Satan and his minions are running around like crazy. We have drifted so far from what we were created to become.

Money, sex, drugs and all manner of evil have blinded our eyes. It is so hard to see the real beauty. A new-born baby gently clasping his mother’s finger. A shimmering star as it streaks across the sky. The ocean as it stops at precisely the spot where God has commanded. Oh, how His design is perfect!


I try to see what the Holy Spirit shows me. However, my eyes are often clouded from the things of this world. I consider myself a follower of Jesus. There are moments when this ordinary life becomes extraordinary. Moments when I feel His presence. I hear His voice. I am drenched in peace and joy unspeakable. Moments when I am so blessed I’m brought to tears. I wish everyone could have those moments. Yet, I remain vigilant.

I know the beast that walks this earth. I have given in to the power and seduction of that darkness. I have sinned and disgraced my Heavenly Father. I have made myself unworthy of forgiveness and grace. My soul has been so ugly…

And yet God became flesh and blood. Lived as a man. A righteous man. A perfect man. The Son of Man. He stepped off His throne…do you get it? He left His Kingdom for me!! And not just me…you too. I can’t wrap my mind around it! He crossed worlds to come save us.


There is a verse in the Bible that says:

as it is said, Today, if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

Hebrews 4:7

If you hear His on Him! He will answer in the way you need. He is waiting. You don’t know how close we are to the end. And yet He still holds time back…waiting on that last heart to seek Him. Is it you? Maybe you are afraid of the change. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! Losing your soul forever is even more scary.

Whisper His name…He will hear it! He will come.


Treasures on Earth

Spending time with my family is what I cherish most about this time of year.  Remove all the presents, the decorations, the food and crazy schedules and it all boils down to time well spent with my loved ones.  I love catching up with all the cousins and aunts and uncles and seeing how the kids are all growing up way too fast.  There is nothing like looking in to the eyes of the youngest one there and seeing your grandma’s eyes looking back at you.  That is amazing!!

My family hails from southeastern Kentucky.  Yep!  We come right out of the holler’.  My mom and her sister and two brothers were raised in severe poverty.  However, you would never know it if you met them.   My uncles worked in the coal mines and I can honestly say that I’m proud to be a coal miner’s daughter!  But I’ll save that for another time…

I get so excited as the evening closes in and the coffee gets poured while we all gather around to hear the stories of old.  Sometimes we pull out old photo albums and that will spark a story which inevitably leads to another story.  I love it!  I would say to anyone reading this…if you are blessed enough to still have your grandparents then run…don’t walk…as fast as you can and ask them to tell you about what they did for fun when they were young.  Ask them about the price of gas or bread…better yet, ask them about their mom and dad.  You have a treasure in front of you just waiting to shine!

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. ~Alex Haley
All too quickly time will pass you by.  You will blink and twenty years will be gone.  I believe that is why we need to make every moment count.  Take as  many pictures and videos as you can.  Hug your family every day.  Children…respect your parents.  Parents…respect your children.  You won’t get this day back.

Go and make a memory today….

What is Life?

For what is life?  It is evan a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”  James 4:13

I’ve been thinking a lot about time recently.  More specifically, our time spent living here on this earth.  I know that in this life our days are numbered. Yet, it is an odd comfort to grasp that our time on earth is precisely measured out to fulfill God’s plan.  I’ve come to the conclusion that time is truly fleeting.  It comes and it goes so fast.  It seems we never really notice just how fast it slips away until we lose someone that touches our life.  We all know that with life there is death and even in that knowledge there is nothing we can do that will prepare us.

In the wake of loss, I find myself contemplating my role in the lives of all the people around me.  Have I been a witness?  Have I spoke of Jesus and his wonderful saving grace?  Have I kept my mouth shut and my opinions out of things so that His Holy Spirit can work through me?  How many days do I have left to repent and let my light shine?

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.  Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is.  Psalms 39:4

There never seems to be enough time for_______________.  You name it.  It will fill the blank.  Perhaps there isn’t enough time for what we have in mind.  However, God’s time is enough.  God’s time is perfect.  When our thoughts and feelings are clouded with grief, hurt and anger it is hard to believe that anyone’s time on earth was long enough or fulfilled according to our Father’s plan.  Praise the Lord that He is merciful and forgiving of us and our ignorance as we question His plan.

You would think that after 41 years on this earth that I would be getting a little bit wiser.  At least I can recognize that the more I do learn…the less I really know.   I try to live my life with no regrets.  Sounds simple, huh?  Well, it’s not!  I have to put my trust in Jesus every day…sometimes minute by minute, and pray that what I am doing is what He wants me to do.   I screw up every day.   I ask for forgiveness every day and Jesus loves me every day!!

All I can do in this moment is keep my on Jesus – and that is time well spent.