Trust God Tag

“Jacqueline, dear, do not speak unless you can improve the silence.”  (Movie Quote)   I love this line. Even though it was spoken adversely in the movie, there is so much wisdom in these words and such great advice for us as Christ Followers.  Yes, we are called to take a stand for the hope we have in Christ, but sometimes, the best way to do that is to be silent and let God work in the hearts and minds of people in conflict with us.  Jesus modeled this on several occasions when confronted to reveal Himself, defend Who He is, or speak on a cultural issue. He quoted Scripture, gave a parable, or He stayed silent. No matter which method, He always pointing to His Father.  The world needs Jesus. The world needs to see and hear Jesus in us.  When the Lord moves you to speak, speak with boldness the message He has laid on...

There is a place in the Appalachian Mountains that my family and I go to frequently. One of my sons works there right now. There are several different routes you can take to get there. One has a very winding road called "The Tail of the Dragon." It is an 11-mile stretch of road with 318 curves. The first time I drove it, it was by accident. The curves were so vast that the road fell off of GPS. I kind of panicked for a second or two, but then recognized, I grew up in a state called "Mountain Mama" (WV) I've got this.  It turned into a fun drive, and I've driven that way on purpose a few more times. The only downside is that the driver doesn't get to enjoy the scenery, but the journey has a beauty of its own.  The road ahead may be new or have some...

I met a dear friend at a writer's conference a few years back. She was a free spirit and such an inspiration to my very locked down spirit. I was envious of her ability to just relax and enjoy. She made public speaking look so easy and effortless. She was a natural.  As I toiled and prayed and worried and over-prepared for my presentation, Angie kept saying, "I'm just showin' up!" And she did. She knocked it out of the park and even enjoyed her time on the stage. Me? I did it, but there was no enjoyment on my part. I fretted my way through. Thankfully, God worked in both situations for a great outcome, but I would much rather have enjoyed the experience as Angie did.  "Just show up." Such great advice!  If you're like me, you suffer from the need to plan and maybe even over plan. No matter what it...