Category Archives: Encouragement

Moving From Devastation to Beauty!

  I have always loved Isaiah 61. It is one of those go to chapters that has enriched my life. But after my trip out West, it has taken on an even richer meaning to me. I am convinced that we can move from devastation to beauty.   As we walked through fields of almost […]

Are you a Faultfinder or Faith-Finder

I have to ask you, “Are you a faultfinder or a faith finder?” I’m asking you, because it’s a question I asked myself early this morning during my prayer time. Let me explain. Our Deep Well went out. It was a huge deal because regulations had changed and finding an appropriate location on that mountain […]

Feeling Stuck? 5 Ways to Get Un Stuck

We built our house almost 20 years ago! (Where has the time gone?) When I say we built it, I mean literally. We hired a contractor to dry it in, then we took over. It took us months. We moved in with bare floors and no window stills. We really enjoy working together, so it […]

What is keeping you from experiencing the Presence of God?

Have you ever experienced an electric fence? I NOT suggesting you ever touch one, but I challenge you to grab hold and connect with God’s power like never before. And, what does an electric fence have to do with the Power and Presence of God.  Let me explain with a story. When my oldest granddaughter, […]

What do you do with broken things?

What do YOU do with broken things? It depends on whether you are a perfectionist or a re-purposer. Can I explain what I mean with a story? Do you know that everything taste better in a pretty dish? (I can hear my male readers groan, but please stay with me. I’m headed somewhere. I’m going […]

How to never get so satisfied that you stop reaching for more

I’m not satisfied with my weight right now, so when my friend challenged me to lose 5 lbs with her this month I eagerly accepted. I’m working on it! I’m eating right and exercising everyday.   But, there’s a major challenge to getting that weight off. It’s birthday month in the Holland house. Both of […]

2 Really Great Reasons You Should Be Filled With Hope

Maybe is should seem obvious, but sometimes it’s not. That hope filled glow can be seen on children’s faces and in nature’s majestic artistry. Sometimes we see through eyes that are strained with drudgery, pain and struggles. It’s in those times that we need to be filled with hope. And it is in those times […]

1 Reason You Can’t Let Fear Stay

Maybe you can think of a dozen reasons that fear shouldn’t hang out at your house, but I can tell you one great, big, huge, hairy reason it can’t stay at my house.   Before I share this 1 reason you can’t let fear stay, let me tell you how I learned that lesson. I […]

Fathers Rename Your Children

I cannot begin to grasp the emotions that filled that space when Rachel uttered her last words. Another son…but one that she would never hold…never cradle in her arms…or kiss it’s sweet cheeks…so mustering her last ebb of strength she uttered the baby’s name Ben-oni. And it was true…he was the son of her sorrow. […]