Forgiveness is a command given by God. Since Jesus forgave us, and died for our sins, we must forgive others. Though it's true that forgiveness allows our offender to be released from guilt, sadness, and pain; forgiveness is necessary for us to be free from the roots of bitterness. If the roots of bitterness are … Continue reading Stumped by Forgiveness?
“The Fourth Grade Cussing Club…” I don’t know how it really started, except that one day on the playground, I suddenly found myself a part of it…and you just had to say bad words to belong. Patti was the ringleader. I didn’t even like her; she was a self-proclaimed atheist. “I don’t believe in God,” … Continue reading Mama has a Sailor Mouth
Who is Jesus? God is our perfect Creator. However, when sin entered the world we became fallen, sinful, and imperfect. No sin is allowed to enter Heaven, so we cannot make it to Heaven on our own. Because God loves us, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to become a living sacrifice … Continue reading How to Invite Jesus into Your Heart and Receive Eternal Life!
Narcissism. It's the latest overused buzzword. Yet, narcissism is a growing problem, and it's not about to go away. Narcissism is SIN. A narcissist is extremely self-centered, selfishly promoting oneself at all costs, in order to remain on an imaginary pedestal. There are varying levels of narcissism. As someone becomes more selfish, that person becomes … Continue reading Narcissism: Battling a Self-Centered Sin
"Do not say, 'I'll pay you back for this wrong!' Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you" (Prov. 20:22 New International Version). It's hard waiting for God to reveal the truth when you're innocent. It's even harder when you have evidence that someone has done you wrong. But even with evidence, people will … Continue reading When People Don’t Play Fair…God Is Our Just Judge
"Hahaha!" Another mean, degrading, or crude insult has been put on social media, and you're tagged in it...but...you're not laughing. You may be the target, or you may just be invited to join in on the "joke" at the expense of someone else. Maybe it's even at the expense of the unknown person in the … Continue reading Insult to Injury on Social Media…Jesus Understands
The Silver Lining is meant to uplift and encourage, so it will not be a place for political debate. However, I want to encourage you to pray, and fast as God calls, before you go to the polls to vote in this crucial election. Our new president could bring hope, healing and continued freedom for … Continue reading Christians and Candidates: Voting for Your President
Have you forgiven someone, only to be accused of harboring unforgiveness, because you’ve had to establish necessary boundaries for healing and protection? If you're feeling guilty about having less contact because of an unhealthy or abusive relationship, the guilt is not from God. God does not want His children to be doormats. How can we … Continue reading 12 Steps to Forgiveness with Boundaries
Have you ever stolen a candy bar? Have you ever sinned by doing something you weren’t proud of, and struggled afterwards with guilt, anxiety, shame, fear, and self-condemnation? Even Christians, who know they are forgiven in Christ, will struggle with negative emotions, when they’ve sinned. That’s because the enemy is hell-bent on destroying us. Condemnation … Continue reading Stolen Candy Bar…Conviction or Condemnation?