Thanks-giving is a choice. We often believe we are appropriately thankful, but when we take time to evaluate our choices in the not-so-pleasant situations, we come face to face with our true state of gratefulness. A little heart-check: are you more likely to utter "Thank you, God, for my job" or gripe about your boss? … Continue reading Thank God for thanks-giving!
"Read it again, Mommy." I really don't remember the number of times, but I know they were many. I picture where they all took place. As we snuggled in for bedtime reading after family prayer, my young daughter would ask for the story about the three Hebrew children of Daniel chapter 3. For several weeks… Continue reading BUT IF NOT: Coming to a city near you
"Don't move that Bible for me! I don't get that many chances with God!" We were headed to lunch when I scooped up my Bible from the passenger seat to clear a spot for the social work intern to sit. Her protests would have amused me, except she seemed in dead earnest. In the ensuing discussion… Continue reading Don’t move that Bible for me!
“Never stop dating!” That advice is given to those who want to know how to keep their relationship strong, perhaps from those who have realized just in time that their love had cooled and had to be rekindled. We often struggle in various types of relationships to hold on to the sweet, close times. Life so strongly comes… Continue reading Never stop dating
"It is finished!" Human history pivoted with the uttering of those words from the mouth of God, Who robed Himself in flesh and shed His own blood for our sins. The closing of one Testament and the opening of another was occurring before the bewildered eyes of His followers and the blinded eyes of those… Continue reading It is Finished
"It may actually get into our house this time." "Our house" is a place I have visited since childhood, home of a beloved cousin just far enough ahead in age to marry while I was a young girl, and to have never failed to provide adventures when we've gotten together. Memories flowed in, from the small… Continue reading The Flood: Our story
For me it marks the end of an era. The passing didn't make the news, but it certainly affected me. You see, my earlier single years were impacted by a touch much gentler, more personable, and certainly more genteel than my own. That touch was embodied in three special ladies -- two sisters and their… Continue reading End of a life? Or end of an era?
I have no doubt that many people familiar with the biblical story of David — “The Poor Shepherd Boy Makes it to the Throne of Israel” heartwarming saga — would like to identify with the elevated king. After all, God promised him that he would bless his house, as in the sons God would raise… Continue reading Blessed like David or Just like David?
I had gone. . . with a multitude that kept holyday (Psalm 42:4) King David wrote in Psalms of going with the throng of worshipers to the house of God. Though sometimes he went there alone, he often spoke of testifying to the congregation -- telling of God’s wonderful works and ways to a group… Continue reading The Pack
So there you are, snoozing away. All is calm, quiet, peaceful. Then you hear it: the whine. Not one of the kids this time -- no, this is the whine of flight, the high-pitched sound of tiny wings. Near your head. You feel the brush of six little feet against your face, and "whack!", you've… Continue reading Sweet aromas? Offensive odors?