how do you know?



God says He loves you…

Psalm 145:9 “God is all mercy and grace–not quick to anger, is rich in love.”

You’re never out of His sight…

Psalm 139:3 “You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.  You know everything I do.”

He cares about every detail of your life…

Matthew 10:30 “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.”

He gave you the capacity to enjoy all kinds of pleasure…

1 Timothy 6:17 “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable.  Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”

He has good plans for your life…

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

He forgives you…

Psalm 86:5 “For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”

He is lovingly patient with you…

Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.”

And this is just the beginning…

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thankful for my umbrella….


As a Christian, I am so very thankful to be under the umbrella of God’s grace and love.  And the best part?

Nothing I ever do can change that……(insert sigh here)

However……and yes, there is a however…at the same time, my behavior will determine whether or not I receive the fullness of His blessings.

What does that mean?  Sometimes we pretend to be the expert about everything.  MY WAY is the right way!  Pride is the sign of a heart that refuses to want what God wants.

2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

When I am under the umbrella of God’s grace, HE is in control.  Everything we need, He gave us the moment we were saved!

Grace implores us to do good works, out of sheer gratitude.  Grace brings us back to Him when we fail because we wanted to do things our own way.  Once you step out from under His umbrella, you are either walking ahead of Him or behind Him and you are out from under His protection.

Are you living in a way that positions you to receive all of His blessings?  Each day we have a choice.  We can acknowledge God and trust Him, or we can step out on our own and follow our own plan.

I choose God.

it’s not about the bunny….


As a Christian, our faith rests on the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Cor. 15:13-14, 17 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty….And if Christ is not risen, your faith futile, you are still in your sins.”

For those of us who believe the Bible is an accurate account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then we have a lot to rejoice about!    HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE!!!!  FOR YOU AND ME!!!! 

Watch this beautiful…yet difficult video about the crucifixion of our Lord and remember…..THIS is what Easter is all about.

when it’s good NOT to be a fan….


Heard of this book?  Pastor Kyle Idleman is the author of a book that could  should change your life!  Even Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, says,Not a Fan is truly a cutting edge message that will challenge even the most obedient Christians to re-look at their relationship with Christ…”

Pastor Kyle asks the question, “Are you a follower of Jesus?” 

Here is what Matthew 7:21-23 says in The Message: 21-23 “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’


Here is the definition of a fan….

It’s the guy who goes to the football game with no shirt and a painted chest.  He sits in the stands and cheers for his team.  He’s got a signed jersey hanging on his wall at home and multiple bumper stickers on the back of his car.  But he’s never in the game.  He never breaks a sweat or takes a hard hit in the open field.  He knows all about the players and can rattle off their latest stats, but he doesn’t know the players.  He yells and cheers, but nothing is really required of him.  There is no sacrifice he has to make.  And the truth is, as excited as he seems, if the team he’s cheering for starts to let him down and has a few off seasons, his passion will wane pretty quickly.  After several losing seasons you can expect him to jump off the fan wagon and begin cheering for some other team.  He is an enthusiastic admirer.”


Ouch….pretty convicting, huh?  It’s one of the best books I have read in a long, long time.  As eye opening as Rick Warren’s, Purpose Driven Life.

Don’t confuse your knowledge for devotion.  Good intentions won’t work here, people.

You can find the book HERE or HERE.

You are officially challenged!!

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the top ten…


10.  All the verses you’ve memorized are King James

9.   Most of those verses involve “smiting”

8.   You know the fifth verse of every hymn with 5 verses

7.   You’re angry/hurt whenever they skip the 5th verse

6.   You tithe on the gross…not the net

5.   On your calendar,  every Sunday night and every Wed night is booked…forever

4.   You approve of facial hair only for the Passion Play

3.   You don’t really approve of Passion Plays

2.   All of your children have names from the Bible

1.   You have 3 or more children

Back to school

Ok..I have started a fabulous new summer bible study, so guess what? You get to learn too! And no, I have graciously decided not to charge you a dime. And you’re welcome.

The book of Ruth. What a gal! First she’s married, then a widow, then a servant, then a foreigner…Whew! She is presented as a godly woman who was left with a mother-in-law, who had recently changed her name to “bitter”…..(ok…mom sounds like a real pip).

So Dear Ruth faced quite a lot of challenges yet did so with such grace she’s got her own book in the Bible! Eeek! I just imagined in that second what the book of Sandi would be like!! I don’t think I would like to see my life in print, thank you very much.

So let me get started on my study and I will let you in on the scoop of Ruth.

And I’m writing from Omaha, Nebraska, where the college world series is being played (can’t you hear the thrill in my voice? Me either) Anywho.. I am typing from my iPad and it is taking forever. So please forgive any typos…

blessings to you,my friends!!

suffering pt. 2`

So some of the lessons that I took away from the book of Job are that the righteous are not exempt from suffering.  I jumped over to the “right-hand” side of the bible….ok, the NEW Testament….to 2 Corinthians chapter one and learned more…

Again, I like what The Message had to say starting in verse 3…”All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah!  Father of all mercy!  God of all healing counsel!  He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” (Bold highlight, mine).

Ok, so there is one reason for suffering… then in verse 6…”If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation, if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.”  So…another reason is so that we may have patient endurance.

Verse 9…”Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”  Ok….so we will lean on God and not ourselves.

And finally in verse 11, Paul says, “..Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”  Hmm… others will give thanks to God.

So maybe if we view things as coming from the Lord, by His permission… people, we are going to GROW!  And I can always use the growth.  God knows when are struggles are overwhelming.  He knows when we are faced with unbearable circumstances too.  But have you ever thought that it was an object lesson to those around us?   OUCH!  LET THEM HAVE THEIR OWN STRUGGLES!!!  (ok, that’s the flesh talking here)….1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face.  All you need to remember is that God will never let you down;  he’ll never let you be pushed past our limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”  Aahhh……that’s what I’m talkin’ about…  He will never leave nor forsake us……..and THAT is what I lean on every single day.

a heavenly toast…

Taken from the book “Jesus Freaks” (stories of Revolucionaries who changed their world: fearing God, not man)

Anthony Parsons & Others.  England c.1540

“Having refused to turn from their beliefs, Anthony Parsons and those with him approached the stakes on which they were to be burned.  Arriving there, Parsons requested some drink.  With it, he turned and toasted his fellow sufferers: “Be merry my brethren, and lift up your hearst to God for after this sharp breakfast I trust we shall have a good dinner in the Kingdom of Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.”

At this toast, Eastwood, one of the fellow sufferers, lifted his eyes and hands to heaven and commended his spirit to the Lord.

Parsons walked to his stake and pulled some straw near to it before he allowed himself to be tied to it.  Holding the straw, he looked to the spectators and said, “This is God’s armor, and now I am a Christian soldier prepared for battle.  I look for no mercy but through the merits of Christ; He is my only Savior, in Him do I trust for salvation.”

Soon after this the fires were lit, and these men exchanged their mortal lives for ones immortal through Christ Jesus.”