Posts by Heather Garland

Posts by Heather Garland

The Comparison Trap

The comparison trap… If we’re completely honest with ourselves, I’m sure we’ve all fallen into it before. In our human weakness, it’s not uncommon for us to sometimes look at other people and secretly wish that we had some of their talents, skills, success, blessings or _______ (you fill in the blank). And if it’s any consolation, even some of the heroes we read about in…

Resting in Jesus

For a long time, I have struggled with being a people-pleaser. I have this desire to make everyone around me happy, so I feel like if I say “no” to something, or have to back out of something I have already committed to, then I will be letting someone (or multiple people) down. But within the last few months, God has really been speaking to my heart and helping me to…

The Garden of Life

About 6 months ago I got set on the idea that I really wanted to grow my own vegetable and flower garden on my back patio. I would find myself constantly thinking about all the ways I could transform my neglected little patio and turn it into a beautiful and peaceful garden sanctuary where I could sit and eat my breakfast or just relax and enjoy during the spring and…

Under Construction

  From the moment we profess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are like a house that is now under construction, and God is the master builder. Sure, the house that was there before may have had some nice features to it, but there is still a lot of dirt that has been swept under the rugs and clutter that has been shoved in the closets that needs to be cleaned up…

Always With Us

A friend of mine shared a story about an interesting “test” she had one day in her psychology class. The professor wanted to prove how easy it is for our carnal brain to fool us. So he showed a video and told them to pay attention to a specific activity that was taking place. But meanwhile, what they didn’t see was a random person dressed in a monkey suit had entered all…

The Value of Relationships

A few months ago, my grandfather passed away after a sudden decline in his health. Although God was a great source of peace, comfort and strength for my family during that time, there was still a lot of grief that came over us as we said goodbye to one of the greatest men we had ever known. But one important lesson it taught me is that life is short, and we never know…

Jesus: Humble Savior

This last week, as I was preparing for the high school bible study class I help teach, I was reading the story of Jesus’ birth that is found in the gospel of Luke, chapter 2. As I was reading this remarkable story (a story that I have known about ever since I was a little girl) and doing some extra research, I started picking up on so many details that I never quite…

Change of Heart

“Sometimes God doesn’t change the situation, because he is trying to change your heart.” I am pretty sure that many Christians have probably heard this quote before, or have seen picture images of it surfacing all over the internet and on social media. And I am pretty sure that most Christians, when reading it, would nod their heads in agreement or even say a silent…

When You are Weak, He is Strong

2 Corinthians 12:7 says that the apostle Paul was given a “thorn in his flesh”, a messenger of Satan, to torment him – to keep him from becoming conceited and boasting about his own strength. Paul recognized that all of his abilities, talents and strengths came from the Lord alone, and not from his own capabilities. He also recognized that his weaknesses…

Removing Deadly Distractions

“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits…