A Little Bit At a Time
Jacksonville, Florida

A Little Bit At a Time

Have you ever noticed how God slips things in to get us to think? We might read the same Bible verse over and over. Then one day, we go “Wow! Where did that part come from? I never noticed it before.” That happened to me during our Ladies of the Lord Bible study on Tuesday night. We were reading Ephesians 4:29, which says, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only …

In One Word
Jacksonville, Florida

In One Word

If you had to describe your relationship with Jesus, what one or two words would you use? I wouldn’t say I was close to Jesus, though He’d like me to be. However, I do feel His presence sometimes. I would probably say I’m blessed at times, other times not so much. This is a hard one. James 4:8 tells us that if we Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. That’s …

In the Eye of the Storm
Jacksonville, Florida

In the Eye of the Storm

Hurricane Florence hit land with a vengeance. A lot of people left, but others stayed. I know some will think it’s stupid, but my daughter and I stayed for Irma, so I’m not one to talk. One thing I remember is that it’s hard to return to find their home flooded or destroyed. I’ve been lucky with both Irma and Matthew. All I ever lost was electricity. Unfortunately, other neighbors didn’t fare so well. No …

Oops!
Jacksonville, Florida

Oops!

Sorry about the blog this morning. Came back more tired from Bouchercon than I realized. It will be back next week. In the meantime, 3 of my books are on sale (A Touch of Suspense, Take Her Breath Away, and One Last Breath) and The Visitor is free through today on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-J.-Bain/e/B0072LEMOU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1536582044&sr=8-1 Also, as you can see from my photo with Lee Child and Wendy Dingwall, I had a good time at the conference. Lee …

Labor Day Prayer
Jacksonville, Florida

Labor Day Prayer

We need to work in order to survive. But in 1894, the United States government gave us a day to celebrate the working man. As such, I’d like to share the following Labor Day Prayer with you. The unemployment rate is at an all-time low of 3.9%. Dear Lord, Please bless the workers of this country. The people who get up early or stay late to accomplish tasks requested of them. I pray for their …

When Does God Show Up?
Jacksonville, Florida

When Does God Show Up?

Two weeks ago, the store my daughter worked in closed. Now she gets to look for a new job. I’ve gone with her to job fairs the past two weekends, trying to give my support. It’s a waste of my time, but I think it keeps her from getting discouraged. Who knows, maybe it’s just me being a mom. Job fairs are not only a good way to find employment, but to network as well. …

Feeling Insignificant
Jacksonville, Florida

Feeling Insignificant

We’ve all felt insignificant from time to time. We don’t get invited to a party or the store clerk is busy flirting with the bag boy so you feel invisible. It happens to everyone. Even David in the Bible must have felt insignificant in his father’s eyes. Jesse brought all his sons before Samuel to determine who would be king. When, in 1 Samuel 16:11, Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There …

A New Day Dawning
Jacksonville, Florida

A New Day Dawning

Over 50 million kids will be heading to school this year. Time is flying. Seems summer just began, but now school is starting all over the country. As such, I thought a prayer for the teachers and students would be in order. Please join me. Dear Lord, Thank You for the wonderful summer we just had. Now a new school year is about to begin. I pray for this to be a safe year for …

His Image
Jacksonville, Florida

His Image

Sometimes people get upset over what I consider small issues. The latest is the song “God is a Woman” by Ariana Grande. I’m assuming the people who think this is about God being female haven’t listened to the lyrics too well. But it did get me thinking: Is God really a man? Ariana Grande You can go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLHSlExFis to watch her video “God is a Woman.” The imagery is spectacular. Warning: some parts you might …

Two by Two
Jacksonville, Florida

Two by Two

God put the animals in the ark two-by-two. Okay, so how’d the insects get here? The only reason I ask is I am riddled with mosquito bites. Every time I itch, I wonder why God chose to create these pesky creatures. What is their purpose? Same with cockroaches. Both seem useless. A female mosquito can live up to 56 days while a male only 10. I know we’re supposed to love all creatures, but these …