One Word


Happy New Year!


I know, you haven’t heard from me in a while, but have been thinking on this for a few weeks and thought I’d share.


It is a new year and maybe you’ve thought through the idea of resolutions or goals or something else to do for this upcoming year. If you recall, there was a book that came out several years ago called “One Word.” It could be something that needed to improve in your life or where you wanted your focus to be for the year.


This idea has caught on and it seems everyone is doing it. So, I thought I’d try it this year. I did a couple of tests online to see if I could find the right word. Nothing. I prayed about it. Still nothing. I even did a week-long analysis of my life to find my word. Nope, not there either. None of the words I read about or thought of on my own really captured what I felt was the most important word to work on for this coming year.


Then it happened.


In my “Thoroughly Equipped” group, we had some discussion on spiritual disciplines. One of the big questions we discussed was, “How can I find time?” We looked at Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, and the account of when she sat at Jesus’ feet instead of helping Martha in the preparation for the meal.


Do you recall Jesus’ words? He told Martha that Mary had chosen what was better.


Here’s what the “Thoroughly Equipped” authors had to say about this idea. “This phrase ‘Mary has chosen’ does not mean that Mary was blessed with a more spiritual sensitivity than her sister. Rather, she chose to set aside pressing demands to spend time with Jesus.


“The phrase, ‘what is better,’ means that Mary chose based on her discernment of what was more valuable. The Greek word used communicates the idea of choosing the best dish on the table. Mary had plenty of choices, yet, she chose what would nourish and satisfy the most.”[i]


The Best Dish on The Table. Let’s say you’re at a family gathering and all the wonderful cooks in your family have prepared a massive feast for the group. But you can only choose one dish to take food from. Which dish is the best dish on the table? How do you determine the best dish? Taste? Nutritional value? What is your criteria for making that choice?


Clearly Mary made the right choice. She spent time at Jesus’ feet listening to and learning from him. Martha made a good choice…we will always need Martha’s in our world. But Mary made the better choice.


Back to my one word. As soon as read this article and these words, I knew my one word for the year. Choice. I need to work on the choices I make. And as I’m thinking about choices, I always need to relate back to choosing the best dish on the table.


Maybe you have thought about this and have your one word. YAY for you! Maybe you have already given up on your one word. Or maybe you’ve never thought of it before.


Wherever you are in this process, I would encourage you to not only come up with your one word, but that you would also share your one word with someone. Your best friend. Your spouse. A co-worker. Your dentist. I don’t know, share it with someone. What I do know is whether we make resolutions or goals or choose one word for the year, we do better at reaching or maintaining them when we share with another person.


I pray that you will allow God to be part of this process. I know that by spending time with Him daily and digging deep into His Word, I found my word. Now to get on with making the best choices this year.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



[i] “Thoroughly Equipped: Developing Co-Laborers,” Kurt Sauder and Eric Schansberg, Further Still Ministries, 2014.


5:57 Challenge


I know it’s been a while, but I had to share what’s happened this week. Our pastor’s at Rocky challenged us as a church to wake up at 5:57 each day this week and read a Psalm. We had the option of sharing our thoughts on social media and tag it with #Godisforus. It has been a huge blessing to me knowing that others from Rocky were reading the exact Scripture I was reading and we were reading at the same time!


So I thought I’d share my journaling for the week. It has been so much fun!


Psalm 31:3


Psalm 32:7


Psalm 33:4


Psalm 34:8


Psalm 35


Psalm 36:9


Tomorrow morning at 5:57 am, I will rise and read Psalm 37. Will you join me?



Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




What Will You Do Today?

It’s been a while I know, but today I thought would be a good day to spend some time writing. Of course, my thoughts and mind wandered to the cross and the impact it has had on the world.


This day is called Good Friday. But if you know biblical history, you know that horrible things happened on this day. Jesus was put arrested and put on trial. Jesus was flogged, mocked and beaten. Jesus was hung on a cross between two thieves. Jesus was separated from His Father. Jesus died. The earth cried out in anguish through darkness and earthquakes. And yet, we call this day good.


I’m sure there are theological reasons for this, but for me, this day is good because the One who was able to remove the stain of my sin willingly gave up His life for mine. That is what makes this day good.


I pray that as you go through your day that you will take some time to remember, worship and praise Jesus for the sacrifice He made for you. Perhaps a song will help with this time of remembrance. Here are the lyrics to the hymn “Hallelujah! What a Savior” and a link to listen to a version of this song.


“Man of Sorrows!” what a name

For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!


Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!


Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!


Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!


When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!


Click here to listen to a beautiful version of this song.


And yet another beautiful piece depicting the suffering of Jesus can be found by clicking here.


After spending some time with these two songs and Scripture, I cannot help but offer my life to Jesus. He gave His all…I am compelled to likewise.


Today my prayer is that He will find me to be a faithful servant in all that I say and do. I pray that He will be honored and glorified by my words and my actions.


What is your prayer today? What will you do today?


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




Another Year


I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I certainly couldn’t let this day go by without dropping you a line. Today, Full Measure of Joy celebrates five years. Five years of sharing my thoughts and desires and concerns and sorrows with you. Thank you for riding along on this journey with me.


I also wanted to share a bit about where I’ve been for the past month. When Full Measure of Joy began five years ago, it seemed like I had so much to say. It was easy to write. Material was plentiful and abundant.


Last fall however, things began to change for me. It became more and more difficult to find something to write about. And the real craziness is that I was still doing as much or more than I had always been. Still leading multiple Bible studies. Still working with the church in multiple roles. Still had my family and friends. I didn’t understand why writing had become a chore for me each day.


I decided it was time for Full Measure of Joy to cut back from seven days per week to just three. I thought for certain I’d be able to do it. Not so. I struggled to find worthy material for those three days per week. To be honest, it was easier to not write at all than to work through the struggles.


You’ve heard of writer’s block, right. Well let me tell you, it’s real. And it can mess with you. And that’s exactly where I’ve been. I wondered why the creative juices seemed to dry up. I wondered where my passion for writing had gone. I wondered if you, my reader, would notice the change in my writing. I wondered most of all if God would be okay with me dropping off the writing circuit.


My last post on Full Measure of Joy was on Christmas Day. I hate to admit that there have been days since then that I haven’t even thought of Full Measure of Joy. There were days I haven’t thought of sitting at this computer and writing at least a few words to encourage someone who might happen to read something I’d written.


I’ll be honest. The pressure became more intense than my desire to write. So I quit writing.


I don’t know what will happen with Full Measure of Joy. I certainly don’t want it to disappear into cyberspace, but I don’t believe I’ll go back to writing seven days a week either. I will seek God’s direction, guidance and wisdom to determine what will become of Full Measure of Joy.


Until I know, I would appreciate your prayers.


While I don’t think of writing, I do think of those who have followed Full Measure of Joy. I love and appreciate each of you and thank God for you every time I think of you. Thank you for being on this journey with me. You are very precious to me.


“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 – NIV)


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.




Grace and peace be yours in abundance,


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