God Was In the Details

God Was In the Details

My friend agreed to host a high-school Chinese student for the school year. She had had a young Chinese girl in her home before and was looking forward to this experience also. She had even made a trip to China to visit this student after she returned home. However, just days before the new student’s […]

Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to […]

Purest Faith

Purest Faith

When circumstances are exactly the opposite of what we hope for, it becomes impossible for us to envision that things could ever change.  It is hard to trust God. There are no more “props” or “crutches” to hold our faith up.  What are props and crutches?  Anything that we lean on besides God.  It could […]

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say…

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say…

Some people seem able to say the right thing at the right time in practically every situation. At least it seems that way to me. I used to be intimidated by my very clever sister-in-law who could fill every gap in conversation with a funny story or gentle teasing. I didn’t even try to converse […]

The Trusting Butterfly

The Trusting Butterfly

Butterflies are very unique. They start off as a minuscule egg, change into a caterpillar where they go through five different stages of growth and development, then the caterpillar spins a silk pad around itself which it attaches to something and it slowly sheds its skin leaving only an exoskeleton inside of which the adult […]

Steering Wheels and Potholders

Steering Wheels and Potholders

As a preschooler, my daddy would let me “drive” the car. “Horrors!” exclaims the younger generation, while the children of the Fifties smile at golden memories. But yes, perfectly good parents allowed their little ones to imitate such grown-up behaviors as baking cakes and driving. This is how it was done. I would sit on […]

Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Are You Using Your Freedom As an Opportunity for the Flesh?

Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (ESV) Freedom – –           The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. The power to […]

Worry Versus Trust

Worry Versus Trust

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them? Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God’s capable hands, I thought, […]

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Squawking and screeching filled the air as the mother mockingbird warned us of her displeasure at our presence near her home. Knowing her alarm was not sounded without reason, I looked around for a nest nearby. Clumps of woven straw stuck out among the green leaves of the maple branches she had chosen to raise […]

Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with my small group. And one of the sermons was about Sowing and Reaping based on Galatians 6:7-10. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own […]

The Truth About the Hustle

The Truth About the Hustle

The hustle. No, I’m not talking about a song and I’m not talking about anything illegal. I’m talking about a new mentality that’s taking over the workforce. Trust me, it’s a thing. I don’t think I truly understood it until recently. Or, maybe I should put it this way:  I didn’t see its trap until […]

Choices

Choices

I dearly love my children. They are all grown and have children of their own, some of whom are also adults now. I have always wanted to be a woman who had an open heart and listening ears, so that others are free to speak to me about their personal concerns. That especially applies to […]

Turning Back

Turning Back

There’s the joke most everyone knows about how men hate to stop and ask for directions even when they are hopelessly lost. I guess it’s not so much a joke as it is a truism that people joke about. Men in particular seem to struggle when they can’t find their way. What about you? “Show […]

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

I’m doing a Bible study and something struck out at me when we were studying in Matthew 14 28-33. Here’s what it says. 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward […]

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

A few years ago, I came to the point of a computer crisis. My current computer became a serious source of irritation in my life. Not just the ordinary, I-hate-technology moments we all have, but a big I’m-going-to-have-to-wipe-the-hard-drive-and-start-over sort of situation. To be fair, it wasn’t even a real computer, it was a netbook. I’d […]

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

God’s Footprints ~ Learning to Trust

It’s amazing how the Lord speaks into our hearts through Scripture. I must have read Psalm 77 dozens of times over the years, yet never did it strike me so vividly as it did this week. When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they became trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Seeing the onslaught of charioteers at […]

Taking the Plunge Against Fear

Taking the Plunge Against Fear

Years ago, my husband and sons talked me into taking diving lessons. This wasn’t my first choice of a hobby. My mother had almost drowned when she was a teenager and her fear of the water had been translated to me. She was so cautious watching my brothers and I she would hardly let us […]

A New Body

A New Body

Earlier this week my grandfather passed away. His death was not a complete shock, since his health had been declining for the past few months. These last couple of days have been a whirlwind for me and I don’t know if I’ve fully processed his demise. I am comforted in knowing that as the word […]