Finish Strong

Winning the Christian race

“How fast can we paddle back to the beach!” I asked. “No idea,” my husband answered. “Let see how fast this double canoe can go!” I knew I could provoke Vince’s competitive side. “Okay, let’s do it.”   The Race is On It was a scorching triple-digit summer morning, but a paddle race on Lake Las […]

Hidden Blessings in Unanswered Prayers

Blessings while we wait

Have you ever wondered if your prayers lost power during liftoff? You hear about answered prayers, and that makes it worse. Silently, you whisper, “Lord, when?” God has heard every prayer and whisper. He knows the depth of your need. He has not forgotten you. Sometimes, there are hidden blessings in unanswered prayers.   Waiting […]

An Unfettered Mind for Christ

How to Find Daily Peace

Imagine you received a text message from Jesus telling you that He was coming over. How would you react? Perhaps, you’d pull out the Target dishes, start the BBQ grill, and prepare an Israeli recipe you found on Pinterest. Instead, most of us would stress about the lack of time, the dog hair on the […]

Give the Devil Some Push Back

Submission is synonymous with faith. It’s a lifelong discipline to reject worldly securities and self-reliance. Submission brings us closer to God, but there’s another submission we need to avoid–accepting subtle lies that discredit the power of God. When tempted to doubt, give the devil some push back and submit your thoughts to God. Satan distorts […]

How to Tackle Spiritual Struggles

“For our struggle is 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 New American Standard Bible The Toastmasters’ speech contest began. I was the first contestant. I had given many club speeches, but this contest was different. I remembered my first and […]