Half Empty or Half Full?

The Word Origin and History for the term repentance is taken from the Old French repentance "penitence" or from the present participle stem of repentir (see repent). It is described by the Online Etymology Dictionary as something that goes beyond feeling to express distinct purposes of turning from sin to righteousness; the Bible word most... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Warfare – Created in His Image

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Genesis 1:27 Have you ever stopped to wonder what Genesis 1:27 is referring too?  In what ways do we bear the image of God?  It's quite difficult to imagine that this passage is referring... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Warfare – Our Commander and Chief

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.             2 Thessalonians 3:3 You can tell a lot about someone based on their name.  Many of us are known by several names.  For example, I am Greta, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Wife, Coding Consultant, "Rug... Continue Reading →

Empty Nest

In the spring of 2017 the view from my home office included a newly built robin's nest.  It was tucked into the floor joists of our deck above.  At any given moment during my work day the robins could be seen flying to and from this nest tending to their young. Once their eggs had... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Warfare – Who’s On Your Side?

Four our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:12 Flesh and blood, that pretty much covers every other human being doesn't it?  Ephesians 6:12 makes it clear that our... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Warfare – Hitting Below the Belt

We've been discussing Satan's methods of attack.  In my last post I covered how the enemy uses God's word against us.  But the enemy doesn't stop there.  In fact, another name for our enemy is "The Great Counterfeiter" because he is known for imitating God in so many ways.  And one way he does this... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Warfare – Little White Lies

Let's talk a bit about methods.  John 8:44 states:  "You are of your father the devil; and you want to do the desires of your father.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.  Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Warfare – Enemy Intel

In the beginning... Wikipedia defines military intelligence as a military discipline that uses information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to commanders in support of their decisions.  In other words, if you're engaged in warfare, you had better know who you're up against.  Spiritual victory requires an accurate understanding of all the individuals... Continue Reading →

Back to School!

This morning as I read the verse below, I found it intriguing that this one simple statement was all Genesis said about the creation of plants. I cannot count all the times I stared in wonder at a majestic tree or a breathtaking flower and wondered "How did He make this?" What a color palette... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Warfare – Why Me?

Continuing our discussion on spiritual warfare, you may be asking yourself, "why me?" In spite of what some may believe, spiritual warfare isn't just reserved for the modern-day versions of David or Paul.  If you have accepted Christ as your savior, the Holy Spirit dwells within you.   And that makes you a target. John... Continue Reading →

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