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Once again I find myself reading the book of Colossians. It is one of the books that I read often.

Today I want to look at what Colossians has to say about Jesus.

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 ESV


  • in seeing Him – we see God – we see God’s original purpose – He is the image of God
  • everything got its beginning in Him – everything finds purpose in Him – all things were created by Him
  • He holds all things together
  • He is supreme in the beginning and in the end
  • all the fullness of the Father dwells in Him
  • all broken things get fixed because of His death – He gave Himself completely to the cross

Chapter one goes on to say (from The Message bible)

22-23 But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.”

Jesus is the only way to the Father. (John 14:6) If there were any other way, He would not have had to endure the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed asking the Father that if there was any other way to remove the cross from Him. (Matt 16:39) Jesus paid a price we could not pay so we could be in a right relationship with God.

til next time

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August 29, 2021 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

another look at Colossians

Be like Epaphras — He was a friend , close associate, reliable worker for Christ, dependable and shared good news! (1:7-8)

Christ lifts us out of the pit of destruction. We are victorious in Christ. (1:13-14)

Oh, the blood of Jesus – everything finds its place in Him because of the cross. (1:20)

Christ in you – the hope of glory (1:27) This is where I break out into song “Be My Everything”

To have a mind that is confident and at rest – even when turmoil is all around. How? By being focused on Christ, knowing God. (2:2-3)

Go deep! (2:7)

Not every debate needs your viewpoint. Guard against being pulled into a conversation that’s going nowhere. Know Christ! (2:8-10)

You know better now. Once you walked in darkness – giving sin freedom. (3:5-8) Now you have new life in Christ. (3:12-14)

Praying! Be present! ( 4:2) Be grateful! Lift up others. Don’t tear down. (4:6)

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August 27, 2021 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

overview of Colossains

I love the book of Colossians. It’s hard to pick one or two verses, so today I want to give an overview of the book of Colossians and what leaped out at me this morning.

We are created with purpose for purpose. The lines of purpose are connected to our future in heaven, held firmly by hope. (1:3-5)

We are as close to God as we choose to be. The more we learn by reading the word, the more we will know how to live. This isn’t a sprint. God gives to us glory-strength to withstand whatever comes our way. Yes, we can do it with joy. Whatever God has in store for us, we go in His strength. Now that’s worth shouting about. (1:9-12)

He holds us together. (1:17) certainly a cause for a happy dance!

Don’t fall for the lies of the enemy. We are not in this alone. (2:1)

Don’t just study – live the life He has for you. Our roots are in Christ. Do! Be! And in it all remember to be thankful. (2:6-7)

Christ, His breath, His blood, flows through us. His holy presence living in us. He is our source. (2:18-19)

Pay attention. Look up! What do our actions say about us? We’ve been given new life. Let’s act like it. (3:1-2)

Look at what our emotions are wearing. Let’s be sure to put on compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline, love and let’s be sure to let the peace of Christ be evident in our dealings with others. And again cultivate thankfulness. Don’t forget to read the Word. Sing. There is power in praise. (3:12-17)

What kind of employee are we? Let’s be the best employee we can be. God has us there for a purpose. (3:22-25)

Pray! Be awake! Be present! And again have an attitude of gratitude. (4:2-4)

Finally, let’s make the most of the opportunities we are given. (4:5-6)

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August 26, 2021 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

drama, drama, drama

Want less drama in your life?

Ever noticed how easy it is to put motives on the actions or non-actions of people? I’ve heard it said that we judge other people by their actions and judge ourselves by our intentions. Sadly, there is truth to that. It also creates a lot of drama in our lives.

May be an image of sky and text that says 'More Jesus, less drama. John 3:30'

I want to encourage you today to stop fixating on what others are doing or not doing and be intentional about what you are doing. God gave you today. You won’t wake up tomorrow and be able to change one thing about what you do or don’t do today. However, you can go forward from here and make today the day you choose to rejoice. (Psalm 124:18)

What is God’s will for you today?

1 Thess 5 tells us three things that God wants from us today – What is His will for us in Christ Jesus?

  • Rejoice always.
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • And give thanks in everything.

Micah 6 tells us what the Lord requires of us:

  • to do justly
  • to love mercy
  • and to walk humbly with our God

When I purpose in my heart to do these things drama fades. I don’t have time to:

  • put motives on actions of others
  • to get offended by what someone does or doesn’t do that may or may not impact me
  • to ride the negative train

Want less drama in your life? I encourage you to purpose in your heart to:

  • rejoice
  • pray
  • give thanks
  • do justly
  • love mercy
  • walk humbly with God

It is a life long process and we are meant to be growing.

one day at a time,

til next time

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August 19, 2021 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

eyes open

I am halfway through Ezekiel. I must admit that Ezekiel, Daniel and Song of Solomon are the last three books of the Old Testament I have left to read for this year. Ezekiel is a deep book. I want to share this morning a repetitive quote that keeps appearing as I read Ezekiel.

“And they will know that I am the Lord.”

I look around and I see God’s fingerprints everywhere. I see His creative expressions all around me. There is a chorus of birds singing even as I am writing this. Streams and rivers continue to flow whether anyone is there to enjoy it or not. “God moments” are everywhere if we but look. Oh, may our eyes be open.

Getting back to Ezekiel, preceding the quote “that they will know that I am the Lord” each time is all kinds of judgment for the sins of the people. God doesn’t take sin lightly. He clearly tells us in His word that we are to repent – which means to turn away from sin – and believe! Don’t confuse believe with just head knowledge and no action. The Bible tells us even the demons believe and shudder. (James 2:18) the Bible also tells us faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)

Repent and believe means that you turn away from sin and put your eyes on Jesus. You are following Him. You are all in. God then steps in and begins the process of making you more like His son. It is life changing. The old has passed away. You have now gotten a new life. (2 Cor 5:17) It is no longer all about you. It is a continual process of saying, as Jesus said, not my will but yours be done, Lord.

If you haven’t taken that step and have any questions, I’m here. If you have just now taken that step, please let me know. It’s the start of the best journey ever and I’d love to share it with you.

One day at a time,

til next time

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August 6, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

trust God!

God is faithful!

“But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy,slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15 NLT

Trust Him!

“They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated.” 1 Chron 5:20 NLT

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“The older I get the more certain I am of the goodness of God. Even in the times of trouble, even when things don’t go according to my plan, even when it’s hard, even when I don’t understand why – God is faithful.” Curtis Girod

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Phil 4:8 NLT

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July 14, 2021 Posted by |, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what if i don’t want to shine?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV

I, for the most part, am a sparkle kind of gal. I love life. I love to laugh. I smile a lot. I look for the good in people and situations. There was a point today where ….. yeah……….. not so much. I just wanted to be done. I wanted to call it a day. I didn’t feel like shining.

Sometimes I behave like shining was an optional request. Maybe you do also. As if Jesus said — when you are feeling good, when things are going great, when you have an abundance, or when you have extra time, when work isn’t so stressful, or when people aren’t pushing your buttons – then let your light shine. That isn’t what He said.

Go back and read all of Matthew 5. He starts that chapter with the Beatitudes. Blessed are: pour in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted. Then He says to rejoice and be glad. (verse 12)

I am confident that I miss out on things God has in store when my focus is turned internally instead of letting Him shine through me. It is His power at work in me. (Eph 3:20) It is up to me to cooperate with Him.

The Message bible puts it this way:14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

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Shining doesn’t depend on me feeling like it but it does depend on me walking in the Spirit (Gal 5:16) and allowing Christ to shine through me.

til next time

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June 30, 2021 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what if?

Society seems to push me, me, me. What’s in it for me? What about me? What are you going to do for me? How does this make me feel? Then there is I, I, I. I don’t want to. I can’t be bothered. I am too tired. I don’t feel like it.

What if, for today, you looked beyond yourself and asked God to show you how you can be a blessing to someone? What if, for today, you posted the great things God is doing in your life? What if, for today, you gave thanks to God all day long?

I promise you that if you purpose in your heart to give God thanks in everything (1 Thess 5:18) and determine to see the good that God blesses you with (Eph 1:3) that your day will go so much better. The situations may or may not change but your attitude will reflect the amazing power of our omnipotent God! (Romans 5:3-4) Hope will rise up within you.

What if, for today, you asked God to guide you and teach you because He is your Savior and your hope is in Him. (Psalm 25:5)

What’s going on is not nearly as important as where are thoughts are about what’s going on. I am determined to keep my thoughts on truth that God is greater! God is for me and you! God is able! God is working! God is my provider, healer and sustainer. This, whatever this is, is no surprise to God. He will help me to walk in peace and joy.

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 NIV

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June 28, 2021 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, RA, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s in charge of the game

In my younger days, volleyball was my game. It is no surprise that my life resembles a volleyball game. I was a setter. I played on the front lines. I would set the ball up for someone else to spike. I’m still on the front lines. I am still setting the ball up – helping others to do what they can do. I had a powerful serve. I now have a powerful message of hope. I was truly a team player. I am still very much a team player encouraging others to be all in with God.

Along comes a hiccup to the game of life.

pmr (polymyalgia rheumatica) or ra (rheumatoid arthritis)

I believe that God heals. I have been the recipient of His healing touch on more than one occasion. I believe God can instantaneously heal. I also believe that sometimes He gives us the grace to walk through illness for reasons we don’t understand. I also believe God uses doctors. My life is in God’s hands.

I had my check up a couple months ago and my numbers were coming down. However, my pain was increasing and the stiffness was getting worse so I called my doctor and scheduled a blood test. Sure enough my PMR had jumped 10 points even though I am on a moderate dosage of Prednisone.

I believe God led me to the doctor that I have. She walked into the room and said, “I’ve been thinking about you.”


Let me give you some background information. Over 2 and 1/2 years ago I started this journey that continues to challenge me and help me grow. I was diagnosed with PMR. I was checked for RA. It was negative.

The only treatment for PMR is steroids. My family doctor had me as high as 28. My rheumatologist wanted me off steroids because they are so hard on the body and I’d been on them too long. My numbers were high normal but normal, so she weaned me off of them.

She did not follow up for which she apologized later. After 5 months of being off steroids my numbers skyrocketed. My c- reactive was 64 – she wants it under 10. This warranted an extensive eye exam. My sed rate was 49 – she would like it under 20 but certainly under 34. So back on Prednisone I went.

For me, hunger, weight gain and an emotional roller coaster are all things prednisone brings to the table.

Psalm 141:3 has been my mantra. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”


“I’ve been thinking about you.” 45 minutes later I walked out of her office in a bit of a daze. I didn’t know what to expect but I certainly hadn’t expected this.

She said that 1% of the people with PMR and a negative test result for RA actually do have RA. In looking over the past two plus years she believes that this is the case for me. I fit the criteria.

She told me that this is a game changer. That RA is a life sentence. However, there are more options for RA treatment than there are for PMR.

Game changer? Life sentence? God is in control of my game. The only true life sentence I have is eternity with Him! I can and will continue to do all that He calls me to do because He gives me strength. (Phil 4:13)

So I’m still on a moderate dose of prednisone as I process this new diagnosis and add a new medicine. My emotions have been all over the place. The new medicine makes me just a bit nauseous which challenges the hunger from the prednisone and my poor stomach doesn’t know what’s going on.

As with any challenge, my emotions will not rule me. My faith does. (2Cor 5:7) God is still God. God is still good. (Psalm 100:5) God is still with me. He’s in charge.

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

We prayed that God would give the doctor wisdom. I have to trust that He did. (Her walking in telling me she’d been thinking over my case was added confirmation.) I believe that He will use this some how some way for His glory. It might be a game changer but God is in charge of the game. God is in charge of me.

If you’ve gotten this far (my blogs are usually much shorter) I’d appreciate your prayers. This has been a rough couple years. There have been too many times where I just physically didn’t want to move and it all just seemed too much. Yet with each time God has proved faithful. In my weakness He has proven over and over again that He is strong. (2 Cor 12:9)

My heart’s cry

I’d love to know how I can pray for you also.

to God be the glory,

till next time

June 24, 2021 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, PMR, RA, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

it’s monday

I’ve been told that Mondays can be the hardest day on ministers. Why? I suppose there are a number of reasons. I think that they are all wrapped up in emotions and processing the weekend with all its various challenges and in giving it your all.

Sometimes we can get tripped up on “what the world calls success” or comparing. Oh, comparing is a real joy killer – you don’t have to be a minister to fall for that trap. Just don’t do it.

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.” 2 Cor 4:1 ESV

“We do not lose heart.” For all of us, it can be way too easy to compare the results we see and lose heart. It can be too easy to see the obstacles and lose heart. Let us not forget that there is more going on behind the scenes – more going on than what we see.

Don’t forget the “therefore.” What comes before the “therefore” is important.

We are confident in Christ.(3:4) Our sufficiency comes from God. (3:5) Our hope gives us boldness. (3:12) We are being transformed from glory to glory. (3:18) Therefore, we do not lose heart!!

This thing called life isn’t a sprint. We are not called to burn out or rust out. We are called to live our lives to the Glory of God.

Are you weary? Spend some extra time at the feet of Jesus.

Paul goes on to write: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. ” 2 Cor 4:8-10 ESV

Notice that crushed, despair, forsaken, destroyed all involve our emotions. When we give in to the feelings of despair, we are allowing the enemy to jump all over that. It is a slippery slope.

So how do we face trials and maintain a right attitude?

Verse 7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

The power of God sustains us. (Psalm 54:4) The power of God holds us together. (Col 1:17) In our weakness, He is strong. (2 Cor 12:10)

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor4:16-18)

Again, we do not lose heart. God is greater than whatever comes our way. He is with us, for us and working things out.

To God be the glory

til next time

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June 21, 2021 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment