Passing on the Blessings

Passing on the Blessings

I enjoy watching the variety of birds that feed at my feeders. At times, I’ve counted nearly fifty Goldfinches clamoring for a spot or scavenging for seeds that have fallen to the ground. I’m amazed how, in a few short weeks, their bright, yellow feathers of summer are replaced by the dull, brown plumage of winter. This God-given […]

The Best Word In The Bible

The Best Word In The Bible

Do you have a favorite word in the Bible?  We may have different ideas about which is the very best word in the entire Bible.  Love, salvation, blessing, joy, peace, hope… and I’m sure there are many more!  Nevertheless, there is one word that encompasses all of the words that I just listed.  It’s a […]

A Lifestyle of Generosity

A Lifestyle of Generosity

Our society lives a lifestyle of accumulation. We can’t wait to buy the next trendy thing, because we hope it will make us happy, or cool, or popular, or successful. We buy things we don’t need. We buy more than we need, so we never risk running out. We keep things we no longer use. […]

Something New, Something Old

Something New, Something Old

My husband passed away unexpectedly two years ago. His ashes have resided on the top shelf in my closet, but in a couple of weeks he will be interred in our family cemetery, which cousins and I have reclaimed  through much effort, including court appearances. This is a bittersweet, yet joyous, time for me. Bittersweet […]

The Lord Goes Before Me and Watches Over Me

The Lord Goes Before Me and Watches Over Me

In the last week and a half I’ve had five doctors’ appointments and a medical procedure. Most of the appointments were check-ups. All of the results were good. Yet discouragement dogged me. I was frustrated and felt like an antique that needed refinished. In the midst of doctor visits, I had to go to work […]

The Miracle of Birth

The Miracle of Birth

It’s been a busy week, with not a whole lot of sleep. That’s what happens when a newborn enters the world. On Sunday evening at 11:20 pm, my youngest son and his wife welcomed their first little one into their lives. This little sweetie was 8 lb. 10 oz. and 20″ long. It was a […]

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 […]

Distinguished by Love

Distinguished by Love

I have been walking with God for 33 years now, and I am amazed more now than ever by how gracious my Lord is. I’m also amazed, at times, at how un-gracious we, as God’s people, can be. A handful of years ago, I was driving through my neighborhood in Pennsylvania when I saw the […]

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

I came to Jesus very, very young. Or should I say, he came to me that way. I was a toddler. I didn’t know what was happening. I have some memories of this and things people have told me, and based on these things the story is that one day I had this fascination with […]

My New Journey

My New Journey

For the past eighteen months, I have been on a new journey. Not one I chose, but one God gave me. I have been learning how to be a widow. Now, I do not even like that word and use it only when I absolutely must. I’m sure many of you know what I’m saying. […]

Goodbye Friend, I Will See You In Heaven

Goodbye Friend, I Will See You In Heaven

Two weeks ago my friend of 20 years passed away. Suddenly. Too quick for any of us to get a grip on the thought that she could be gone, let alone absorb the fact that it was true. It still, even today, seems impossible that I can speak about her in the past tense. She […]

He is Risen Indeed: Heart Reflections for Easter

He is Risen Indeed: Heart Reflections for Easter

In the quiet stillness of morning the sun rose, its vibrant rays shining over the world as they had done thousands of mornings before. At that time, no one knew what had changed, but something had. Feet ran down the path. Shock and surprise jolted through bodies. Fear surged through minds, anticipation close on its […]

Preparing for Easter

Preparing for Easter

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?” “As you go into the city,” he told them, “you will see a certain man. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I […]

Love

Love

   Around this time of year our thoughts turn to LOVE. God knew what He was doing when He began this whole thing of love. It literally has made our world go around. God knew a lot of things didn’t He? He even left us a love letter in His word. Find it in I […]

3 Steps to a Better 2016

3 Steps to a Better 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but the calendar says it’s so. How was 2015 for you? I pray that it was all that you hoped for and even more. If not, I’ve got a few suggestions to make 2016 better. If it was, you might still benefit […]

Far Better Things Ahead

Far Better Things Ahead

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”– C.S. Lewis In 2015, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. For more than two years I’d suffered from an almost unbearable, unexplainable pain, absolute fatigue, and memory failure. On top of that I had arthritis flares plus auto-immune issues. Whether I felt like it […]

Gift of Lasts

Gift of Lasts

My family and I have been called to help the church planting movement in Ireland. Our goal, God willing, is to be in Ireland by the beginning of September, 2016. Because of our calling and our projected date to be in Ireland, I have been given the gift of lasts. It’s a fantastic gift, this […]