The Secret to a Positive Attitude

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my tongue rejoices, my body will rest secure. Psalm 16:8-9   David’s life is filled with conflict, tragedy, and disappointment. Yet, His hope remained steadfast in God. Within these verses we find the Psalmist’s secret behind his positive […]

Failure Begets Opportunity

Failure Begets Opportunity

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21). The golfer sets up his tee on the challenging par five green. After analyzing the situation and visualizing his play, he readies for his drive. Keeping his eye on the ball, he swings. However, he mistakenly speeds […]

What’s Behind the Closed Door

What’s Behind the Closed Door

For we wanted to come to you — certainly I, Paul, did, again and again — but Satan stopped us (1 Thessalonians 2:18 NIV).   Paul desperately wanted to see this Thessalonian church. He apparently was distressed over their welfare.  For whatever reason he felt compelled to return to Thessalonica, circumstances prevented his going, circumstances […]

Better Me Than Dead

Better Me Than Dead

Psalm 70:4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”   Dodging traffic and sniffing dogs, I continued the daily grind going house to house with a not so happy spirit. I was hired by a local school district to conduct its yearly […]

The Fruit Loops Fiasco

The Fruit Loops Fiasco

Now that the kids are grown they laugh at my equal opportunity style of parenting.  “Mom, do you really think we’d be jealous if you spent more on one kid than the other?”    I remember the Fruit Loops Fiasco. “Mrs. Rondeau, call on line three,” came over the loud speaker. I left my meeting […]

Confessions of a Gardening Sluggard

Confessions of a Gardening Sluggard

A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing (Proverbs 20:4)     I love flowers. I would like to have an attractive flowerbed along the backyard. Sometimes I even dream about velvety roses in the spring and how I would take my coffee out in the morning […]

The Miracle Tree

The Miracle Tree

That year our friends started their You-Pick Christmas Tree enterprise. “Sounds like a good deal,” I told my husband. “Plus, we get to spend an afternoon with friends.” Life is rarely that simple. With temperatures in single digits, we sucked in courage and went to our friends’ country home. Kerry led the way into the […]

The Gift

The Gift

  My brother looked at the belt he had purchased for my father. It was a great gift—a perfect gift for my father’s old belt was frayed and ready to break. “I want to surprise him. But how does one wrap a belt? It’s going to be pretty obvious.” His face brightened as he thought […]