God Can Even Redeem a Cruise!

I’m constantly amazed at the lengths God will go to in order to let us know that He really does care about the details of our lives.

My pastor-husband and I are preparing to leave on an Alaskan cruise tomorrow and the way God has orchestrated every detail, to the point of allowing this cruise to be filled with His glorious redemption … well, it just takes my breath away.

Read the story here.

It will bless you, I promise!



Ever Feel Like Your Life is a Mess?

It was a sunny day, not enough wind to sail, so motoring Commencement Bay was the order of the day.

There were many familiar sights as we tooled around, but one I hadn’t noticed before suddenly came into view. We came around a bend and there was a mammoth blue barge, rusty and worn, piled high with scrap metal. At some point, I understand, all those piles will be recycled into something useful.


I could barely rip my eyes away from this monstrosity, as my heart filled with wonder at God’s love for us. How much are our lives like this mess… tangled, rusty, useless, and yet He redeems us and makes us a new creation.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Cor. 5:17)

I don’t really understand recycling all that well, so I looked it up on Wikipedia… it is defined, in part, as follows:

Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products


My life was a wasteland, rubbish, dung.

And He made it all brand new.

He recycled my life!

He recycled ME!

WOW. What a faithful God He is.

He has recycled us for one purpose … to make us useful to His Kingdom.

So we can say,

“Hey, I know what it feels like to go through that.”

“Let me tell you how Jesus met me when I was in the very same place.”

We were recycled so we can share the comfort He’s given us with others.

So what about you?

How has He recycled your life?

How has He taken your brokenness and used it for His glory?


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Serendipity … Another Full Circle with God

I’ve been off the air with Always Faithful Radio for over a year.

Once I realized I was about to become a pastor’s wife, I knew I had to eliminate one of the spinning plates, and my radio ministry was the one I had to choose. It broke my heart, as radio ministry is one of those things I could do 24 hours a day and never get tired. It refreshes me, it inspires me, it touches me to the core reminding me how faithful  Jesus really is.

When the invitation came to join the Crista Media family of shows, which would air on KCIS, I didn’t make the connection right away. I was just so excited, as this was a station I’d been interviewed on so many times, it was like home to me.

But I’d been away for so many years, the changes at the studios were stunning, and nearly left me breathless as I took it all in. A friend pointed out to me that the call numbers were the same…


I never really paid attention to the call numbers.

But there it was… clear as day.


The station Always Faithful Radio was born on in San Antonio, Texas, was AM 630 KSLR.


How cool is that? That He would bring me back on the air to a familiar place, with the same spot on the AM dial.

If that isn’t a faithful God, I don’t know what is!

Join me every Friday from 1:00 to 1:30 PM PST, locally on AM 630 KCIS, on the KCIS app for your smart phone, streaming live on http://www.kcisradio.com, or find the archived shows here (usually within 24-48 hours) here at http://www.alwaysfaithfulradio.com.

I’m looking forward to spending my Friday afternoons with you!