Silhouettes Can Be Deceptive

Silhouettes Can Be Deceptive

Have you ever looked at something in the shadows, and thought it was one thing, but when the light became clearer realized it was something else? Silhouettes can be deceptive. I dropped a clear bottle cap on the floor and, try as I might, I could not find it. I decided to get the flashlight […]

God Is Always Working

God Is Always Working

I know what you’re probably thinking, even God took a day of rest, and you’re right, He did. However, since that time, God is always working amidst our circumstances even when we can’t see it. This point has been driven home to me over these last couple of years but has come full circle recently. […]

Do Not Be Surprised…

Do Not Be Surprised…

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, […]

End of an Era

End of an Era

It’s been a busy few weeks as I’ve been sorting through 16+ years of accumulated home school materials. I’m working on getting things together for a ‘retirement yard sale’. 🙂 Now, it actually has been four years since I finished home educating my two sons all the way through high school graduation, but I finally […]

Daddy’s Tears

Daddy’s Tears

I used to sing. Choir, trios, duets, mixed quartets, and solos. I loved to sing, and I had a ‘big’ voice . . . didn’t need a microphone most times. Those days are gone, now, as is the voice. Oh, I can still sing, but don’t ‘perform’ anymore. A few days ago, someone on a […]

No One Lives Forever

No One Lives Forever

During my Bible study this morning I meditated on Hebrews 9:27 “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” “No one lives forever,” I said aloud, “at some point everyone will die and leave this earth.” Then I thought, “Um Enoch and Elijah didn’t die”. I pondered that reflection…But they […]

Let’s Encourage Each Other

Let’s Encourage Each Other

“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed  with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we […]

Finding True Balance

Finding True Balance

Everywhere we turn we’re being urged to find balance. In advertising we’re given soothing images of  candles, yoga, exercise, places to get away, etc. etc. etc. But I’ve recently begun to ask myself if that is really what living a balanced life is all about. And I’ve come to a startling revelation. A balanced life […]

Answered prayer

Answered prayer

This past month I was at International Christian Retail Sales (ICRS) in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a l-o-n-g drive up, almost ten hours! And by the time we arrived it was pretty late at night. It was so good to get to bed and rest, but at the same time kind of scary knowing I had […]

How’s Your Cross This Year? Otherwise Known as Your Annual Spiritual Check-Up

How’s Your Cross This Year? Otherwise Known as Your Annual Spiritual Check-Up

  I “enjoyed” my annual physical check-up this week. My doctor is one of the sweetest personalities I’ve ever met, close in age to my sons. She’s like the daughter I never had, so I’ll admit it: I love going to the doctor. With a gentle smile, she asks her professional questions (FYI : I […]

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible

…he persevered (endured), because he saw Him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27 The battle between the visible and the invisible threatens to rend me in two many days. What is visible to me is a house that is knee-deep in dirty socks, children’s toys, and just plain dirt in the corners. The garden is overcome […]

A Sure Footing

A Sure Footing

  “You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing” (2 Peter 3:17 NLT).             While on a short hike behind my daughter’s house, she needed to go back to the house for […]

Anchored

Anchored

My hands find they aren’t sure what to type. Tragedy has struck both near and far. In the month since I last posted, life has changed drastically for people I know and love and for those I will never meet. The 45 year old mother of 6 with pancreatic cancer that homeschooled alongside friends of […]

Avoid the “Why Me” Of Loss  by Jean Ann Williams

Avoid the “Why Me” Of Loss by Jean Ann Williams

Most of us have experienced the loss of a loved one. Some have even suffered close losses such as children, a grandparent, parent, or sibling. We wonder “Why us?” Why does one family seem to go happily about life with those closest to them still here on earth, while others lose people they dearly love? […]

A Sister is a Sister, but through Alzheimer’s I’m, Losing Her Twice

A Sister is a Sister, but through Alzheimer’s I’m, Losing Her Twice

I always felt blessed to have her as an older sister. I couldn’t have asked for one more dear. Not all sisters have good relationships, but we did. Funny thing is we were often mistaken as twins. We looked somewhat alike, had the same coloring and same build. Not too complimentary to me, as she […]

When the Pieces Don’t Quite Fit

When the Pieces Don’t Quite Fit

Sometimes I think God’s will is like a puzzle that needs to be completed. Find all the right pieces, put them in the right order, and voila!: A completed picture of His plan and purpose for my life. Our family enjoys a good jigsaw puzzle. When my husband and I went on our honeymoon 9 years ago, […]

Finding Time to Pray

Finding Time to Pray

“Finding Time to Pray? I’m trying to accomplish a bazillion other things!” Isn’t that the challenge of our modern life? It is for me. It used to bother me that I didn’t set aside an entire hour to read the Bible and write lengthy prayers in my journal. It used to bother me that I […]

Christ Is the Answer

Christ Is the Answer

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”———————————————–Acts 4:12 (NKJV) “Christ is the answer” sounds like a cliche or a cop-out; and the phrase might be both; BUT it is also a true and proven statement. There are millions […]