Ruth Lopez-Whitfield

  • Seeing Christ in Christmas Traditions

    Seeing Christ in Christmas Traditions

    Nothing but wonderful. That’s what the Christmas season is. Wonderful smells from homey kitchens, fresh-cut evergreens and fragrant candles. Wonderful sounds from Christmas carols and seasonal classics such as Handel’s “Messiah.” Wonderful sights in almost every home and store. It is particularly wonderful for children. Their faces glow as they take in the different smells,

  • When You Don’t See an End to Your Trials

    When You Don’t See an End to Your Trials

    Have you ever asked God why? “Why me, Lord?” “Why not pick somebody else for this?” “Why am I always the one going through the fire?” In the good times we say, “Lord, I love You.” We quote, “Oh, in the volume of the book it is written of me I delight to do Your

  • Thank God for His Wonderful Gifts

    Thank God for His Wonderful Gifts

    I recently celebrated a birthday and was blessed with a barrage of cards and gifts. Well-wishing friends and relatives called, sent cards, gave gifts and took me to lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I felt loved and special. The years, which are considerable, seemed richer as I faced yet another chapter of my

  • What’s That Noise?

    What’s That Noise?

    I came home from a women’s leadership meeting at church one night to find everyone had already gone to bed. Feeling hungry, I went into the kitchen and fixed myself a bowl of fresh blueberries. They were in season and were magnificent. Then I heard it. It was a strange noise I had never heard

  • Cherish the Day While You Can

    Cherish the Day While You Can

    Staring up at the ceiling in a dark hospital room, I wondered what was going to happen next. How did I end up here, Lord? A week ago I was walking, laughing, talking, working and enjoying myself, and today … Today I lay unable to move, turn over in bed without assistance or do anything

  • How to Manifest God’s Promises in Your Life

    How to Manifest God’s Promises in Your Life

    After years of owning used cars—dealing with surprise breakdowns on busy streets and highways, being stranded, and scrounging for money for car repairs and maintenance—we were finally able to buy a “new” car. It was new to us and we felt blessed indeed. It was a 1994 Taurus and we bought it late summer of

  • How God’s True Light Can Change Our Perspective

    How God’s True Light Can Change Our Perspective

    After many years of decorating our home with hand-me-downs and secondhand furniture, my husband and I were able to purchase some new living room furniture. I finally was able to select something we both really liked, a beautiful, heavenly blue sofa and love seat. We were at work when the furniture was delivered, so with

  • Why a Mother’s Prayer Can Change Everything

    Why a Mother’s Prayer Can Change Everything

    I remember seeing my mother kneeling at the side of her bed and praying aloud for each of her children and grandchildren. That memory is forever etched in my mind, and I will never forget sensing a strong presence of God through her intercession. I came away with a sense of reverential fear and trust

  • Lord, Teach Me to Wait

    Lord, Teach Me to Wait

    One of my favorite Scriptures is Isaiah 40:31: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (KJV). Years ago those words were put to music, and I sang them and taught

  • Sharing Christ Through Christmas

    Sharing Christ Through Christmas

    Nothing but wonderful! That’s what the Christmas season is. Wonderful smells from homey kitchens, fresh-cut evergreens and fragrant candles. Wonderful sounds from Christmas carols and seasonal classics such as Handel’s “Messiah.” Wonderful sights in almost every home and store. It is particularly wonderful for children. Their faces glow as they take in the different smells,

  • Searching for Christ Among Worldly Christmas Traditions

    Searching for Christ Among Worldly Christmas Traditions

    Nothing but wonderful! That’s what the Christmas season is. Wonderful smells from homey kitchens, fresh-cut evergreens and fragrant candles. Wonderful sounds from Christmas carols and seasonal classics such as Handel’s “Messiah.” Wonderful sights in almost every home and store. It is particularly wonderful for children. Their faces glow as they take in the different smells,

  • Carriers of His Presence

    One morning my husband, Art, and I were on our way to work. He was driving me to the school where I taught, and I was holding a gift from him in my lap—a pot of my favorite flowers, mums that look like daisies.

  • The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

    The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

    I remember seeing my mother kneeling at the side of her bed and praying aloud for each of her children and grandchildren. That memory is forever etched in my mind and I will never forget sensing a strong presence of God through her intercession. I came away with a sense of reverential fear and trust…

  • A Mom’s Prayer Can Change Her Child’s Future

    A Mom’s Prayer Can Change Her Child’s Future

    I remember seeing my mother kneeling at the side of her bed and praying aloud for each of her children and grandchildren. That memory is forever etched in my mind and I will never forget sensing a strong presence of God through her intercession. I came away with a sense of reverential fear and trust

  • Looking for Love?

    All of us are born with a need for love and acceptance. God made us this way. Studies show that babies who are held and loved do far better than those who are not.

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