Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Christian Quotes" Inspirational Website

A great way for Christians to encourage other Christians is by sharing uplifting Bible verses and encouraging quotes. has made it easier for us to do that. Check out this inspirational website that has over 10,000 Christian quotes on it, categorized by Bible, Author and Topic. You can also read a new devotional each day based on the daily quote.

Some of the most read and used pages on the website include:
Thousands of images are allowed to be shared for free on Facebook, blogs, and other social media websites, as long as they are not altered or sold. Many of these images can be seen on, and shared from, the Christian Quotes Facebook page, which already has over 4.5 million fans. 

Below are a few examples of some of the images. Be sure to check out the others on the website, and don't be afraid to share - share - share. Let's flood the Internet with God's Word and good thoughts.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

TRUST #3: God Works All Things for Our Good

Today, I am posting a quote about trusting God "no matter what." It is from my favorite devotional by Cynthia Heald, "Becoming a Woman Who Walks with God." 

The Scriptures do not guarantee that "all will be well" according to our human perspective. They do, however, promise that God will work all things for our good. As we learn to TRUST Him "no matter what," He develops within us a deeply rooted confidence in Him. This confidence enables us to lean on HIS understanding and HIS ways of working in our lives.

Related Posts:
TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How to Make an Easy Winter Wreath

I decided I wanted to try making a wreath, so I looked around on Pinterest until I found some ideas - something that would be easy to do - and I found an idea for a very easy and inexpensive Winter wreath. I'm not a super crafty person but, seriously, anyone can do this! It is so simple.

What you need:
  1. A round wreath base. I found a wooden vine type of wreath at The Dollar Tree for $1.00.
  2. A long winter scarf. I found a nice one at a resale shop for 25 cents.
  3. Winter-themed buttons or felt decorations. I found a small bag of plastic snowflakes in the craft section at Walmart for less than $2.00. 
  4. A hot glue gun and hot glue (which I already had).

Wrap the scarf evenly around the wreath base and tie it in a knot at the bottom (In some cases, you might find it easier to cut the scarf in half lengthwise before wrapping, so you end up with enough material to cover the base). Then, hot glue the decorations around it.

Hang it up and enjoy!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

TRUST #2: My Unexplained Pain

Several months ago, I started having some mild pain in my left side/upper abdomen (spleen, kidney, rib cage area). I waited awhile to see if it would go away, but it didn’t. So, I went to see my doctor about it. He wasn't certain what it was, so he ran some tests to rule out a few things, and all the tests came back normal. I was told to call back if the pain did not go away, and they would do a CT Scan to check for kidney stones or other issues.

I ended up waiting until after the holidays to call back, then finally had the CT on January 4th. A few days later, the nurse called with results and said I don’t have any kidney stones, or gall stones, and they couldn't see anything else alarming either - no masses or cysts or anything like that. I do seem to have an enlarged appendix but, thankfully, I have no other symptoms along with it. So, I guess I'm a mystery. I also mentioned my pain to my Oncologist at my recent 6-month checkup. He was not concerned, especially since all of my labs were good. He said it is probably muscle related. So, if things don't improve, I may need to head over to the Chiropractor to get things checked out with him. Time will tell.

I must say, when I started having this pain, I was rather nervous about what it could be from. I often thought, What if my cancer has returned? And, as I thought more about it, along with all the “What if’s,” I noticed I was becoming more anxious. So, I had to make the choice to take my anxiety to the Lord in prayer. As I shared my heart with Him, these are the words I kept hearing back:

  • TRUST in the One who knows all.
  • Don’t lean on your own understanding. 
  • TRUST that I will take care of you.
  • TRUST that I will take care of your family.

It was hard to do, but I knew I had to put my faith into action. I had to willingly give up the anxious thoughts I was having and place my TRUST in my Heavenly Father.

TRUST is believing that, no matter what the outcome is, God is there to work out the details and help us through it.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Focus for 2018: TRUST

At the start of every new year, I try to come up with one word that will help keep me focused on something I want to be reminded of. In past years, my words have been things like PURPOSE and INSPIRE. This year, I have chosen the word: TRUST

TRUST: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something : one in which confidence is placed

Why did I choose this word? Well, I believe the Lord brought it to my attention recently because:  
  1. I have been hearing from others about how they are having a hard time trusting the Lord to work things out in their lives. 
  2. In certain situations, I have had these same thoughts myself, and have had to purposely put my faith into action.
So, my Sunday posts for 2018 are going to be focusing on TRUST, and on putting our faith into action. Some weeks, I may have a story to tell; other weeks I may share a quote; and on some of the posts I might only have a Bible verse to share and focus on for that week.

I hope these posts will be a reminder to you, as well as to myself, to rely on the Lord more, to lean on Him for strength, and to have confidence in knowing HE is the one in control.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

We Are Going On the Road!

I have some exciting news! He Holds My Right Hand is no longer just a blog. It is also now a traveling ministry that will share Christian encouragement with Bible-believing, evangelical, protestant churches and Christian organizations.

David and I have been discussing and praying about this opportunity for - well, at least a couple of years. But, this past Fall we finally decided it was time to make the leap and go for it. It took some time to get everything set up to do this, but we are finally ready to go and look forward to seeing where the Lord will lead us.

  • David will be available to fill pulpits with a challenging sermon.
  • Our family puppet ministry, "Higher Hands Puppets," will give one or two short presentations to teach and entertain both children and adults.
  • My books will be available for purchase at each location to help cover ministry expenses (i.e. the cost of our portable puppet stage, new puppets, music for the puppets, etc.) 
  • David and I are willing to share our personal testimonies when time and situations allow.

Our goal is to minister once or twice per month with churches interested in having us come. Our FIRST church stop is next Sunday, January 14th, at Mendota Bible Church in Mendota, IL. We are looking forward to seeing some old friends there, as well as making some new ones. If you are in that area, we would love to see you!  

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