Diane Epling

When There Are No Words

When a close friend or loved one is experiencing deep sorrow, there are often no words that can express our empathy. When an event in our life is overwhelmingly joyful, we find no words that can express our emotions better than giddy laughter or tears of happiness. When our days are routine, and we feel […]

A Prayer for Wisdom

The Bible says in Proverbs 16:16 NIV, How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! We pray for our finances, health, and protection, but somehow, we’ve forgotten one of God’s most valuable gifts—wisdom! In many cases, if we simply prayed for God’s wisdom and applied it to circumstances in our lives, it […]

The Failures of Fear!

We’ve all heard the common phrase, “The fear of failure,” but what about the failures of fear? There are so many failures we experience because of fear. We fail to reach our full potential, enjoy emotional well-being, rid ourselves of anxiety and depression, and see ourselves through God’s eyes. The most significant of these failures […]

If God knows our needs, why do we have to ask?

If you’re a parent, you know how good it feels to give your child something they wanted so badly that they cried when it was given to them. I’ve known kids who couldn’t hold back their tears when their parents decided to surprise them with the gift of a puppy or kitten. It was pure […]

When You Have No Words

I don’t know about you, but there have been so many times I have found myself in situations where I simply have no words to adequately express myself. Either I’ve let my emotions get the better of me, I’m distracted, I allow fear to block my words, or I lack understanding or wisdom about a […]

Feeling the Awesomeness of God

Do you get up in the morning and still feel the incredible awesomeness of God? I ask this question because many of us let our personal struggles, feelings, and emotions dictate how we see God. When we are filled with anxiety or overcome with worry, we see God as one who has failed us. We […]

Before Giving into Sin

Have you ever considered what comes before sin? I’m sure most of you think the answer to that question is easy. Before sin comes temptation. Yes, temptation does come before sin. Unfortunately, by the time most of us are feeling that temptation, we are so far into the thought or act of sinning that it […]

Why do we experience failure when we are just at the point of success?

Doesn’t this seem like the way of things? Just when we are about to experience success, something happens. Some people actually set themselves up for failure by speaking words of failure so frequently that they start to believe failure is just around the corner. I have an acquaintance who responds the same way whenever I […]

Prayer is the Key to Compromise

Most things in life require us to make compromises. As we mature, we realize that we must make compromises in our relationships, business negotiations, and even election results. However, have you ever stopped to consider how dangerous it is to be so conditioned to make compromises in our lives? If compromising is so common, what […]