And Then There Were Eight

And Then There Were Eight

It’s been less than a year since I began contributing to Putting on the New. I’ve enjoyed getting to meet my new family, so far only online. Most of all, I enjoy sharing my thoughts about God and the Christian life, with the public at large and with my sisters who also contribute to the […]

MYOB: Otherwise known as 1 Thessalonians 4:11

MYOB: Otherwise known as 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Mind your own business! At some point in your life, you’ve probably told someone off with those words, or else an irritated person slung them at you. It’s not a phrase associated with kindness or grace. Yet God uses those words, through Paul, to instruct us. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 says, “Make it your ambition to […]

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

People have desires. They want what they can’t have, or there’s been no opportunity to follow their dreams. Daily life interferes. According to Irish myth, if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll regain his freedom by granting you three wishes. This universal yearning to make wishes come true is what made The Bucket List, a 2007 […]

As You Wish

As You Wish

“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, ‘As you wish,’ what he meant was, ‘I love you.’” So goes the narration early in the movie Princess Bride. It’s been almost thirty years since Princess Bride was released. My sons loved the swashbuckling tale of evil versus good, ugly versus beautiful, […]

Winter of Our Content

Winter of Our Content

  The Winter of our Discontent. Those five words have been tossed about in various contexts within the English language for centuries. John Steinbeck enshrined the phrase in the title of his final novel, and he borrowed the line from Shakespeare. For those who suffer from light deprivation in the season when the earth tilts […]

A Smoking Wick or a Burning Flame?

A Smoking Wick or a Burning Flame?

I love the Advent season with all of its symbols. Garlands. Wreaths. Calendars. Creches. And lights. Lights. Jesus the Light of the world. Candles for the season grace every room in our house. Old-fashioned, multi-colored bulbs encircle the tree standing sentinel at our front windows. Since no lights adorn our property outside, I like to […]

Heart Rivers

Heart Rivers

During our college years, my friend had chosen to serve Christ while I remained deaf to the wooing of the Spirit. Ten years later, she had drifted away from her Savior, and I was learning to love Jesus. We lived a good distance away from one another but were able to connect for one afternoon […]