God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Friday, December 30, 2022

 by Barbara Latta

As the ball drops in New York City and people around the world watch the clock hands move toward midnight on New Year’s Eve, choruses of a familiar song resound through the air.

Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve?

Written by Robert Burns in the 1780’s this anthem grew into a Scottish tradition. The words are translated as “for old time’s sake.” We use this song to remember our friendships and relationships, memories, and experiences of the past year.

The entire song is lengthy and does contain some verses about taking up a pint or two, but we can use this to bring to mind the blessings of the people in our lives and the ways we can provide love and kindness to them.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

May 2023 bring abundant favor, health, and prosperity to your lives. Thank you for being a part of my life by reading and contributing to Navigating Life’s Curves.

Join the conversation and share your thoughts.

Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve? (click to tweet)

Thursday, December 22, 2022

The History of O Holy Night and the Song's Effect on the Civil War


by Barbara Latta

Christmas Carols Part Three

O Holy Night was written in 1843 by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, a French wine maker. He was commissioned by a priest of the Catholic Church to write a poem for Christmas Mass. Cappeau’s friend, Adolphe Charles Adam, composed the music and the combination of their talents produced the worshipful rendition we have used for years to celebrate the day Christ was born.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

O Come Let Us Adore Him

 Celebrating Christmas Carols Part Two

by Barbara Latta

Another favorite Christmas song of mine is O Come All Ye Faithful. Listening to all these old hymns at Christmas brings back memories of my childhood when we sang them at church. I didn’t comprehend the meaning of the words at that time, but I enjoyed the feeling of exaltation they brought to my heart. I know the feelings were holiday emotion, but I knew Christmas was about Jesus.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

The Inspired Lyrics of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

 Celebrating Christmas Carols Part One

by Barbara Latta

I love Christmas carols! A lot of the newer songs are great and beautiful, but in my opinion the old hymns we sing year after year are the best. But because we sing them year after year, the meaning behind the words can get lost in the tune.

Read the lyrics to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and absorb what these inspired words say to your soul. This song proclaims the entire gospel message, and we should sing this old song all year. The words were penned by Charles Wesley, a Methodist minister who preached in the 1700’s. He wrote this message as a poem and George Whitefield later put the poem to music.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Give the Gift of Reading

by Barbara Latta

Christmas is just around the corner and our thoughts turn to giving. If anyone on your list is a reader, I have some great suggestions for giving the gift of reading. These books will bless the recipients over and over because books never grow old. 

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Memes of Thanksgiving for You to Share

 Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your day of celebration will be filled with remembrances of our great gifts and blessings from God.

Here are some Scripture memes of praise to God for you to enjoy and share if you like.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Words of Thanksgiving


by Barbara Latta

Our country just held an election in the middle of much chaos and strife. Whether the results were what you hoped for our not, we need to remember that God is our Savior, not politicians.

If every position were held by a person of godly integrity, we would still need to remember that these are only humans who will always have faults. We should always look to our Sovereign Lord as the one we depend upon.

During the turbulent Civil War years of America, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation. As you read these words, try to remember what was happening in the land and what this leader faced trying to hold a broken country together. Lincoln’s words of gratitude are still relevant today.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Recognizing and Giving Thanks for the Contributions of Military Veterans


by Barbara Latta

During this Thanksgiving season in America, we focus on the brave souls who traversed a turbulent ocean voyage to seek a new life of freedom in an unknown land. 

The Pilgrims were willing to withstand the adversity of months at sea and the hardships of building a community from scratch because their desire to worship God in freedom was worth the price to them.

The people who settled our land laid the groundwork for the benefits we enjoy today. Our military members endure hardships for the sake of protecting those benefits.

Friday, November 4, 2022

3 Ways to Offer Gratitude No Matter What Happens


by Barbara Latta

The world is a scary place.

I don’t know how people who don’t know the Lord cope with life because chaos surrounds us everywhere we go. Politics, weather, crime, lack of provision, and war touch us in some way every day. We may not experience all of these events at the same time, but we hear the news that goes on in different parts of our world. Anxiety can fill our hearts just by anticipation of a bad circumstance coming our way.

But God doesn’t fall off His throne or wring His hands in despair due to the earth’s condition. He isn’t the cause of all the mischief, but He is the solution. 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

What If We Celebrated the Holy Spirit Not the Fallen Spirit?

 by Barbara Latta

Crisp fall air invites us to gravitate toward campfires. Logs crackle and gray, oak-scented smoke spirals to the sky.

Give me a marshmallow and a hot dog, please.

Fall also brings Halloween. For weeks Halloween decorations have abounded in stores, yards, and porches. This is not an attack against those who like Halloween. But I am not one who likes this day because of the evil origins.

I know kids love to dress up and get candy. Who doesn’t like sugar? Children aren’t thinking of what all this means, they just want the goodies.

But some of the decorations can make a believer cringe. I think this day is observed as fun because the meaning is not taken seriously. A lot of people don’t believe the devil is real. And if they do, he is considered a cartoon character in a red suit with a pitchfork.

What if we celebrated the Holy Spirit not the fallen spirit?

While fall can call us outside to enjoy a backyard fire, campfires are no comparison to the fire of God.

What kind of thoughts does this Scripture bring to your mind?

For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29 NKJV).

This verse can create different images.

God’s fire consumed sin. The blaze of judgment turned sin to ash at the cross.

While we are on this earth, we do still commit sin. But the punishment for our transgressions is complete because Jesus endured the fire of the wrath of God against sin.

God’s fire consumes us with power when we welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, God sent another kind of fire to the earth – the Holy Spirit.  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:11-12).

God’s fire consumes the motives of all our works. Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).

The fire of judgment day is in the future. All those who did not accept the payment Jesus made when His body was consumed in the fire of God, will be burned in eternal fire. That will be a sad day.

The payment has been made, but many will not accept it.

Our God is a consuming fire. He burned our sin at the cross, He burns up our dead works to purify our motives and minds, and He burns within us with power. And His fire will judge those who reject Him.

Satan will feel that fire of judgment, too. Eternal damnation for the one who caused all the misery of earth since the Garden of Eden. He will burn with eternal misery. The days of evil will be over.

We can celebrate the Holy Spirit because Jesus defeated the fallen spirit. We don’t have to give the devil any more power by giving in to his temptations and lies.

God’s love can burn within your soul if you accept His sacrifice and join His family. By doing so, the identity of Christ is given to you and the Holy Spirit's power will dwell within your heart. 

Join the conversation and share your thoughts.


What if we celebrated the Holy Spirit instead of the fallen spirit? (click to tweet)

Our God is a consuming fire. He burned our sin at the cross, He burns up our dead works to purify our motives and minds, and He burns within us with power. (click to tweet)


Friday, October 21, 2022

Overcome the Darkness of Condemnation with the Light of the Word


by Barbara Latta

October is mostly focused on darkness, fear, and the celebration of evil due to Halloween. The day promotes scary practices as fun. But if we comprehended the emptiness and fear associated with total darkness and separation from God we wouldn’t be laughing.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

5 Scriptures to Combat Foreboding Thoughts


by Barbara Latta

The world is full of chaos because the ruler of this world is Satan. His agenda is destruction, and his methods of operation are lies and deceit. His whispered words plant fear.

With more apprehension filling the airwaves each day, our peace can be threatened if we allow these assumptions and predictions to take precedence in our lives.

Trepidation and threats shatter peace and can leave our emotions in sharp pieces. We can find ourselves descending into a deep hole of depression one step at a time and not realize we are at the bottom until we feel enveloped in darkness.  

Friday, October 7, 2022

The Significance of Yom Kippur and Sukkot


by Barbara Latta

Yom Kippur, the Jewish observance of the Day of Atonement, began this week on the eve of October 4 and ended at sunset on October 5. On the Jewish calendar this is the 10th of Tishrei.

Yom Kippur began at the time the Israelites were in the wilderness. Moses traversed Mount Sinai and heard God’s voice with instructions He inscribed onto stone. When Moses delayed his return to the camp, the Hebrews formed and worshipped a golden calf. They forsook the God who delivered them from the bondage of Egypt and fell into the idol worship of their enslavers.

When Moses descended to the bottom of the mount, he saw the actions of the sinful crowd. His anger drove him to break the stone tablets and he destroyed the golden idol along with all those who wouldn’t return to the Lord. The next day he climbed Mount Sinai again to pray for atonement for the people who still lived (Exodus 32:30). This is the day Yom Kippur recognizes—the day their sins were forgiven.

Five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot is celebrated which falls this year on October 9 – 16. For seven days, Jews celebrate the Lord’s provision through the bounty of harvest. Sukkot is also referred to as Feast of Tabernacles to commemorate the Israelites dwelling in tents and the protection of the cloud covering them in the desert.  

Modern day Jewish people build temporary outside shelters covered in some type of natural products such as palm leaves, pine boughs, or bamboo to remember the dwellings of their ancestors in the wilderness. These celebrations last seven days and involve feasts of various foods and the reciting of Psalms of praise.

What do the meaning of these two observances reflect for Christians?

We already learned about the reason for Rosh HaShanah through a post on September 23.

While we as Gentile Christians do not participate in the observances of these days the way Jewish people do, we can still see the reflection of their meanings to us.

In the wilderness tabernacle and later the temple in Jerusalem, animals were sacrificed to pay for the people’s sins. Once a year, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies and sprinkled blood on the Ark of the Covenant (which later was captured by their enemies). This blood signified they were atoned for, but they had to repeat this offering year after year.

But when Jesus came and offered Himself upon the altar of God’s judgment, He atoned for our sins forever.

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. (Hebrews 10:1-4 NKJV)

The work of the high priests in the Old Testament never ended. They worked continuously. Jesus’ sacrifice was so perfect, He only needed to shed His blood one time and His offering covered all sin. But each person must accept what He did into their own life to receive this forgiveness.

When Christ returned to His Father He sat down at the right hand of God. No more sacrifices were needed because His work was finished (John 19:30).

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:11-14)

Yom Kippur reminds us of the sacrifice of the one perfect Lamb of God who takes away our sin forever.

For more information about Sukkot and the Day of Atonement, listen to this YouTube message from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. You will be amazed at the revelation of biblical connections these festivals have to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

What do these Jewish observances mean to your life? Share your thoughts.

How does the true meaning of Yom Kippur and Sukkot reflect Christ? (click to tweet)


Friday, September 30, 2022

Honoring God with My Body: Journey to Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle, Interview with Katherine Pasour

 by Barbara Latta

Katherine Pasour’s book, Honoring God with My Body: Journey to Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle, shows us ways to remain fit and healthy in every aspect of our lives. I think you will enjoy hearing from Katherine as she shares her thoughts about her lifestyle of wellness and how she came to write this book. Check out a surprise at the end of the post!

Here's Katherine:

How did you become a proponent of health and fitness?

As a child, healthy eating was the rule in our house. We had an enormous garden in the summer and froze vegetables every year. My mother, even though she had a full-time job teaching school, always had a home cooked meal every evening. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I discovered sugar and fast food. By young adulthood, I was chubby. Only an active lifestyle and farm work saved me from being a blimp. It took years, but I studied and learned about healthy nutrition and became more regular with physical activity.

What gave you the idea to write this book?

I saw the need—others struggling with their weight, with chronic diseases, with lack of understanding about appropriate exercise for their time in life—and I wanted to help. After retirement, I wrote a Bible study, and offered it to my church and community over a period of several years. Their feedback guided me to make changes and this study became Honoring God with My Body: Journey to Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle.

It is difficult to pinpoint only one health tip, but what would you consider something at the top of the list?

Finding something active, age appropriate, that we can do safely and regularly does miracles for our bodies such as: a stronger heart; management of our weight and blood pressure; reduction of “bad” cholesterol; prevention of chronic disease; increase in energy level; and much more.

I like the way you connected all aspects of life to health and wellness such as mental, spiritual, social, as well as physical. What led you to these discoveries?

My background is in health and physical education. At my university, I worked with students who were going to become teachers, teaching classes to help prepare them with knowledge and skills to teach. Most textbooks often focus on the different aspects of health but lack information on how these many dimensions connect to influence our overall health. When we examine physical, mental, emotional, social, vocation, and spiritual health in isolation, we fail to see how strongly these strands of health interact. If we are struggling in one area, it affects all the others. I believe it is important for us to recognize the vital necessity of finding balance.

How have you incorporated these practices in ways that the younger set can enjoy without it seeming tedious to them?

  • One strategy is to limit the amount of unhealthy snack choices in the house and the number of times we consume fast food, processed foods, and foods with high sugar content. Children will develop habits of eating healthy foods if their caregivers do the same. That’s not to say that on special occasions (such a birthdays) we shouldn’t eat cake or desserts. But it is important to remember, occasional is the key word when it comes to consuming fast food, sugary snacks, fried foods, and high fat foods.
  • Reading labels on what we buy helps us recognize what we’re putting into our bodies. As much as possible, buy whole foods (in their original condition and prepare them at home). I know time is a struggle for many families (it was for me, too). Many folks try to prepare healthy meals on weekends to be ready for the weekday fast lane.
  • Children naturally enjoy play and physical activity. Healthy habits started at a young age are more likely to continue. I play with my grandchildren, and we go for walks. Making healthy nutrition choices is harder, but as parents and grandparents, it is of vital importance for us to be good examples. We cannot expect our children to make healthy choices if we don’t.
  • Keep healthy foods in the house: lots of fresh fruits and vegetables; avoid fast food foods and processed foods (i.e. deli meat, pre-prepared foods) as much as possible (I know in this fast-paced life, we all eat fast food sometimes, but remember the mantra—occasional, not a regular habit, on those unhealthy foods).

Do you have a healing testimony you would like to share?

My husband passed away from cancer in the midst of the pandemic. We’d been isolated for months, and I cared for him at home. Following his death, walking helped me deal with the immense burden of loneliness and grief. As I walked in the silence of God’s creation, He sent His tender mercies upon my exhausted shoulders and broken heart. Although the grief never passes away, I still find God’s blessings of mercy and peace amidst His trees, flowers, streams, and pathways.

One of your chapters discussed fasting in a spiritual sense by denying our bodies the food or other things it wants. Can you elaborate on this topic in more detail and discuss how fasting can honor God? In the physical realm, what does fasting do for the body?

Fasting, in broad terms, refers to denying ourselves something. Jesus fasted for forty days in the wilderness to prepare for His ministry (Matthew 4:1-2, Luke 4:1-2). He ate nothing. During this time, he focused on prayer and preparing Himself for what was to come.

The action of fasting takes our focus off ourselves, and our perceived needs, and allows us to fully focus on our relationship with God. Fasting is not only a cleansing of our heart and mind to be in communion with God, fasting can be of benefit for our physical body to help cleanse chemicals and impurities (this works best if during our fast we drink lots of water, the very best beverage for us, no matter our age).

Honoring God with My Body: Journey to Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle is available for pre-order and will be released on October 4. 

I gained a lot of knowledge from Katherine’s advice, and I hope you did too. Please feel free to share some of your health tips.

Here’s the surprise: I will draw from the names of those who comment between Friday, September 30 and Thursday, October 6 at midnight ET for a free copy of Honoring God with My Body, Journey to Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle. 

For health and fitness tips that help you in every area of life spirit, soul, and body, check out Honoring God with My Body, Journey to Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle (click to tweet)


Katherine Pasour is an author, teacher, farmer, and speaker with a passion for service. She blogs regularly at www.katherinepasour.com with a focus on faith, wellness, and the lessons nature teaches. Psalm 139 reminds us that we are God’s special creation, “fearfully and wonderfully made”, thus Katherine believes we should nurture all aspects of wellness in service to our Lord. She is a regular contributor to Refresh Bible Study Magazine, published by Lighthouse Bible Studies. Katherine has articles in several Bible Study compilations, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2018); Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (2019); and The Power to Make a Difference (2019). Katherine’s wellness Bible study, Honoring God with My Body: Journey to Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle, published by Morgan James, releases October 4, 2022 and is available from all major booksellers. You can connect with Katherine on Facebook and Instagram at KatherinePasourAuthor and Twitter @KatherinePasour.

Friday, September 23, 2022

What is Rosh HaShanah and Why Does a Christian Need to Understand it?


This week's post is by guest blogger, Stephanie Pavlantos. As we approach the time of Jewish celebrations, I think you will enjoy and be enlightened by her knowledge of the connection between these festivals and Christ's ministry and sacrifice. Read more about Stephanie in her bio below and please check out her book, Jewels of Hebrews. 


The Feast of Trumpets

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with a blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord.” Lev. 23:23-25 ESV (Emphasis mine)


At sundown on September 25, 2022, the Jewish feast Rosh HaShanah or the Feast of Trumpets (literally the Day of Shouting) begins. This two-day feast begins the Ten days of Awe to its conclusion on Yom Kippur.

Rosh HaShanah is so rich in meaning and has many facets to it.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Are the Ten Commandments Still Relative Today?



by Barbara Latta

The young man searched for the Teacher he heard so much about. As he approached a group of men coming down the road, the man dismounted from his horse and handed the reins to the servant who accompanied him. 

Sunshine glimmered against the rings on his fingers and the finest silks of faraway lands covered his body. Even his animal was decked out in the splendor that reflected the wealth of its owner.

 He ran to kneel in front of the One who had the answers he sought. The young traveler questioned the Teacher about eternal life, but he didn’t like the answer he received.

 The rich, young ruler who came to Jesus said he had kept the Law since his youth. That statement itself revealed his lie. No one could keep it except the perfect One.

 When Jesus told the youth to sell all he had, then follow the Lord, the seeking man left saddened. His actions revealed he had other gods instead of the Lord God Jehovah—his wealth. He broke the first commandment and by breaking some, he broke all.

Friday, September 9, 2022

What is the Purpose of Work?


by Barbara Latta

God created the beautiful world and put Adam in a paradise. He told the man to tend the garden.

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. (Genesis 2:8 NKJV)

Work was necessary even in this perfect place. But Adam’s assignment did not require toil and sweat. If there were no weeds to pull or hard ground to devour seeds, then what was the purpose of work?

Friday, September 2, 2022

3 Ways to Enter God's Rest


 by Barbara Latta

In the United States, we observe Labor Day on September 5 this year. This holiday was instituted to allow workers to have a break from their physical labor.

As many people will be rewarded with a day off from their normal workday schedule on Labor Day Monday, we can use this illustration to remind us to also renew our mental faculties from our emotional stresses. Because worry and concern can wear us out more than physical labor can.

Friday, August 19, 2022

How Can We Obtain Knowledge of God?


How Do We Obtain Knowledge of God?

Our Bible study is a never-ending adventure with God. We need His Word in our souls more than our bodies need food.

Yet we do sometimes stray away from feeding on His abundant harvest. This can bring us into soulish malnutrition.

We may wonder why anger flames up so quickly.

Where did the fear come from that gnaws at my mind?

The same thing happens in the soul when we mentally fast from the Word as happens when we physically fast from food. We get hungry. How we satisfy that hunger determines our result.

Friday, August 12, 2022

8 Benefits of Bible Study - And a Free Download for the Month

by Barbara Latta

8 Benefits of Bible Study – And a Free Download for the Month

As a new school year starts, our minds focus on books and learning. Homework assignments fill backpacks, science projects loom on the horizon, and for older students, research papers fill them with dread.

Friday, July 22, 2022

5 Ways to Respond to Offensive Opinions


by Barbara Latta 

The world we live in surrounds us with negativity. More and more offensive opinions are blasted through the airwaves with something someone didn’t like, and we are all expected to accommodate the latest rant to prevent hurt feelings.

Arguments grow as more fuel is poured onto fiery conversations, and if we listen we can be burned. Even when we think we are not affected a mood change can be a key we are letting coals of anger or depression grow in our emotions.

 We have the power to flip the switches on electronic devices, but we can’t turn off opinions spouted in our presence whether in the workplace, marketplace, or school. Refusing to become offended is a choice we can make, but the power to make that choice requires discipline in the Word of God.

Here are five ways to respond to offensive opinions of others:

Friday, July 15, 2022

7 Cures for Insomnia


by Barbara Latta

The lights are out. The house is quiet.

Yet sleep evades us.

The mind wanders and finds things we hadn’t even thought about for years or invents possibilities that haven’t happened yet.

There are some physical things we can do that will relax our bodies such as limit screen time, avoid foods that disagree with our stomachs, and stay away from violent movies and TV shows that raise emotional responses.

But the minute the room is dark and the TV is off, even if all these physical requirements are followed, thoughts of disaster still race through the space of our brains like a rocket on a mission to the moon.  

Friday, July 8, 2022

How to Determine if Our Worldview is Biblical


by Barbara Latta

I grew up in the generation of baby boomers. My worldview was determined by the Christian principles of my family and the community I lived in. In a small Arkansas town, most citizens went to church and even a lot of those who didn’t still had a healthy regard for God.

During this time period, the nation came together to pray when we entered war or during some other crisis.

But over the years certain doctrines have infiltrated society and with the advent of the internet those philosophies spread like a flood drowning the earth with waves of unholy conclusions.

Friday, July 1, 2022

America's Battles are Not Legislative, They are Spiritual


by Barbara Latta

America’s Battles are Not Legislative, They are Spiritual

An astounding landmark decision by the Supreme Court this week has overturned Roe v. Wade.

Of course, this doesn’t mean abortions will stop, but that these decisions will be reverted to individual state’s authority. Before this decision was even handed down, some states fought frantically to instill legislation to murder babies at any time even after they are born. And other states can pass laws to prevent abortion availability within their borders.

But this is not merely a legislative battle; it is a spiritual battle.

Friday, June 24, 2022

How Do Our Words Affect Our Minds and Bodies?


by Barbara Latta

We hear a lot about the power of our words. Because some uses of this principle have been misused, we may turn a deaf ear to listening to lessons regarding the importance of what we say.

But words do affect our minds and bodies. The Bible is filled with admonitions for us to watch what we say.

I have a small book that is a collection of scriptural confessions, titled God’s Creative Power, written by Charles Capps.

This little printed treasure chest has helped draw me out of doubt, discouragement, and bad attitudes on numerous occasions as I refer to these pages.

And as God sometimes does, we can read passages we have seen multiple times and then BOOM—we get a new revelation out of His Word.

Friday, June 17, 2022

A Loving Father's Discipline


by Barbara Latta

My dad was a quiet man and I only remember one time that he spanked me. I stuck my tongue out at my mother, and I was across his knee before I knew I had left the floor. I kept my tongue in my mouth for the rest of my growing years. Although it didn’t feel like it at the time, I experienced a loving father’s discipline.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Abba's Heart - 31 Stories of God's Love for His Children


by Barbara Latta

This month two books I have contributed devotions and articles to have been released.

It’s not a coincidence that both focus on the love of God. Maybe the Lord is trying to tell us something.

He really, really loves us!

Friday, June 3, 2022

How Assumptions Can Hurt Relationships


by Barbara Latta

Assuming we know the motive behind someone’s actions can lead to dangerous judgments. Whether it is in marital relationships, friendships, or business connections, we can traverse into dangerous territory when we don’t gather all the facts before forming opinions.

We can learn a valuable lesson about how assumptions can hurt relationships from an incident that happened when the Israelites settled in the Promised Land.

Friday, May 27, 2022

New Release, For Love's Sake, the Life-Changing Facets of Love


by Barbara Latta

Redeemed by Love

The following is an excerpt from my contribution to the compilation, For Love's Sake, published by Lighthouse Bible Studies. I have always enjoyed studying the book of Ruth and have attained many lessons from this wonderful part of the Old Testament. I hope you will enjoy reading this first section of the article. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

A Mother's Loving Hands - A Mother's Day Tribute


I wrote this poem in honor of my mother a few years ago and gave to her on Mother’s Day. I added the last 5 lines after her trek to heaven in 2018.


I hope you enjoy this tribute to all mothers everywhere.


Friday, April 29, 2022

4 Examples of How Our Value of Scripture Determines Our Belief System

by Barbara Latta 

Why do gardeners take such great care to prepare soil before planting? 

The proper space is chosen for the right amount of sunshine, furrows are plowed, and fertilizer is applied. Weeds are pulled to prevent choking the precious seeds that are soon sown. Germination success is due to the soil the gardener chooses. 

Jesus used this agricultural picture in Mark 4:1-20 to teach us how important it is to prepare our hearts. He told the disciples this example was the key to understanding all His parables. The value placed on the truth of scripture is the determining factor for good growth. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

Finding Jesus in the Storm

Please welcome guest blogger Beth Hildebrand today. Beth and I met through the Flourish Writers Community. Beth shares some insights about letting Jesus handle our storms. Please check out the links to her website and social media below along with information about her new book. 


There was a time in history when 13 guys were in a boat in a large lake and a huge storm caught them off guard. Rain came down so hard and fast, water filled their boat, and the guys couldn’t get it out fast enough.

 And one of the guys slept through the boat rocking high and low, thunder, guys yelling at each other so they could be heard because the wind was roaring and the rain beating on the boat like a loud drum. Until a few of the guys hollered at the One sleeping, “Hey! Do you not care that we’re about to drown?!”

 Drown in despair, fear, stress, the worries of this world.

 The guy that was sleeping, Jesus, woke up and told the wind and rain to stop. And they did. This makes me think: Jesus didn’t tell his disciples to stop worrying. He didn’t tell them to stop questioning him. He didn’t tell them to stop getting rid of what it was that made them sink.

Instead, he instructed the circumstance to stop. Maybe God allowed that storm to happen so the guys could see with their own eyes the reality of who Jesus says he is. God in the form of a man.

 Today circumstantial storms unexpectantly dump those same worries on us and cause us to call out, “Hey! Do you not care that I’m experiencing right now?!” 

He still wants us to holler out to him when we’re upset. He still wants us to question him when we wonder if he’s really who he says he is. He still wants us to call out his name asking him to stop what’s happening.

 And he just might respond in a way you least expect it – in a way you never imagined. It might not be instantly, like he immediately told the wind and rain to stop, but that was their circumstance. We all have our own; each situation is different. But God is always the same.

 Trustworthy. Teacher. Truth.

 If you feel like he’s asleep, call out his Name. Jesus! That should help calm your storm and then when you least expect it, you'll "be overwhelmed with awe." (Mark 4:41)

 What storms has Jesus helped you through? Join the conversation and share your thoughts. 

 Is your life experiencing a storm? Call out to Jesus (click to tweet)

Beth Hildebrand is a writer, blogger, mentor, and leader in her church and community. 
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and has son and daughter in college. She enjoys traveling, several forms of art, reading, and dancing with friends whenever there’s a chance.

She is the author of a new book titled: The Art of Struggling: Finding Hope When It Feels Like Your World’s Falling Apart.  It’s been rhythmically structured to include stories of people in the Bible who struggled in their lives physically, emotionally, or even spiritually, along with examples of how these days we face the same struggles.  Through a collection of written prayers, a story, reflection questions, Scripture, and an artistic expression option in each chapter, this book befriends the reader through times of struggling and how to persevere with hope.  

 For details you can find her at www.BethHildebrand.com, on Instagram @bethnhildebrand_author, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theartofstruggling

Thursday, April 7, 2022

The Beauty on the Cross


by Barbara Latta

Each year beauty pageants are conducted all over the world with hopeful contestants vying for a prized crown. From the cradle to college, girls groom themselves, work on talent competitions, and perfect their platforms with aspirations of being declared the most beautiful of them all.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Why Did Moses Put a Bronze Serpent on a Pole?


by Barbara Latta

The Hebrews complained—again.

While in the wilderness, snakes slithered among their legs and bit them because of their worthless words and accusations against God and Moses. They dropped in death like stones on the desert floor.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Honoring Women Missionaries

 by Barbara Latta

As we approach the end of Women’s History Month, we can honor the legacy of some dedicated Christian women and missionaries. Their sacrifices to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in places far from their homes can inspire us to grow our own faith.

Friday, March 18, 2022

The Difference Between a Sinful Woman and a Pharisee


by Barbara Latta

Jesus has been invited to dinner at a Pharisee’s house. The table, more than likely, is surrounded by important guests and dignitaries.

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisees house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Luke 7:36-38 NKJV)*

As they recline at the table, their feet are stretched out behind them.

A woman approaches carrying a box carved from alabaster and filled with expensive, fragrant perfume.

She stands quietly behind Jesus. She kneels, breaks the seal on the box, and pours the oil on His feet.

She doesn’t look at the Savior as tears of repentance flow from her eyes and drip on His toes.

As she looks down, her hair flows across her face and touches His ankles. She moves her hands down the strands of hair smoothing the perfume across His feet.

She bends down and her lips touch the feet that trod dusty miles throughout Galilee.

Her actions cause quite a stir among the dinner guests. The host is indignant and starts to doubt the validity of his guest of honor. The Pharisee thinks the man at the table surely doesn’t know who is touching Him or He wouldn’t permit such a display of affection.

Instead of rebuking the woman, Jesus corrects the owner of the house with a parable.

Jesus taught the party goers what love really meant.

The woman with the alabaster box displayed the ultimate act of devotion and worship because she realized how much she was loved and forgiven.

Her devotion to Jesus superseded the fear of condemnation she knew she would receive by appearing in this room full of men who knew her sins.

The Difference Between the Sinful Woman and the Pharisee

  • This woman’s actions show love, devotion, and repentance. Simon’s thoughts reveal his prideful heart.
  •  She knew Jesus could forgive her sins. The Pharisee doubted Jesus was even a prophet.
  •  Jesus was important to the woman. He was simply another dinner guest to Simon.

We are All in Debt and Need Forgiveness

Jesus made His point through a story regarding forgiven debts.  

But to whom little is forgiven the same loves little. (Luke 7:47).

The truth is Simon the Pharisee’s sins were great also. He was filled with hypocrisy and pride.

He just didn’t acknowledge that he needed forgiveness, so he didn’t receive any.

We all are forgiven much. But our ability to live in the free gift of grace and mercy depends upon our repentance and acknowledgment that we need that forgiveness.

Once the revelation of how much we are loved penetrates our hearts, we will love much too (1 John 4:19).

The broken flask means she opened the seal on the jar. She poured the oil upon Him like the Holy Spirit poured out upon Him after His baptism.

Because the seal of His body was opened at the cross, the fragrance of His adoration toward us flowed out. His sacrifice opened the way for the oil of the Holy Spirit to flow upon us.

The woman in this story didn’t have a name, just like the woman with the issue of blood we talked about on March 4. 

But she is so important. It doesn’t matter that we don’t know her name. She gave us the example of an unselfish gift that has lasted for centuries.

Today, Jesus doesn’t physically sit before us even though He is with us through the Holy Spirit. We can’t open a bottle of perfumed oil and pour on His head.

How can we follow this woman’s example? What is our alabaster flask? What is our sacrifice of devotion and worship?

Romans 12:1 NKJV tells us the answer.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

When we offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice, we break the seal on the flask of our flesh. We can then pour out our holy worship to the King of kings who saved us through His broken body.

When we believe and follow Him, He says the same thing to us He said to the woman in our story. “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)

During Women’s History Month, I feel it is important to remember women like this one. A woman who took a bold step of faith and gave Christ the most precious gift of all—herself. 

As Titus 2 women, this is what we are all called to do. 

Join the conversation and share your thoughts.

We all are forgiven much. But our ability to live in the free gift of grace and mercy depends upon our repentance and acknowledgment that we need that forgiveness. (click to tweet)

When we offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice, we break the seal on the flask of our flesh. We can then pour out our holy worship to the King of kings who saved us through His broken body. (click to tweet)


*This incident in Luke is not the same instance when Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointed Jesus with costly perfume as told in John 12:1-2 and Mark 14:3-9.

In Luke 7:36-39, the woman is called a sinner, whereas, Mary, the sister of Lazarus, was never referred to that way. Adam Clark’s commentary on these scriptures states that the word sinner could mean she was of a heathen country and not a Jew, rather than what some interpret as a prostitute. A person from one of these lands would most probably have an idol worshipping background thus the reference to her many sins.