A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

I have a love/hate relationship with Proverbs 31. You know that passage, the one that describes the perfect wife. At times¬†I find it encouraging and other times it seems like a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream, utterly unattainable to us mere mortals. ūüėČ Verses 10-12 say: A wife of noble character¬†who can find? ¬†¬†¬†¬†She is worth far […]

Watching from the Sidelines

Watching from the Sidelines

One time a friend told me, “Most people stand on on the sidelines watching what happens to other people.” I assumed she meant people in the news. Then she added, “You’re one of those most of us watch.” My husband and I endured a stretch of time when we lost both of our fathers, a […]

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Depression is an overwhelming malady in our society today. Television commercials abound with promises of new drugs to elevate mood and make your day better. Too many people want quick fixes for their problems while ignoring the root cause of their issues. Medication for depression may alter body chemicals, but the pill cannot make someone […]

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

Have you ever compared how we maintain important relationships when distance separates us to how we maintain our relationship with the Savior? Here are two of our common earthly relationships: Father/Child. When my dad deployed to Vietnam, a wonderful invention called the tape player allowed us to communicate beyond the written word. Small reels of […]

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‚Äôs […]

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 […]

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

¬† A girlfriend just sent this. At first, I also laughed also, but think the professor¬†is really on to something.   An Interesting Thing about Friendship They Teach It at Stanford: In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection — the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker […]

On The Road Together

On The Road Together

One of my favorite things to do when driving a longer distance and especially in summertime is to check out the many different state license plates. Whenever my family takes a road trip, I keep track of every state to see how many we can find. It’s always fun to catch the “not often seen” […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?¬† After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much. ¬†The Bible highlights God‚Äôs powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.¬† Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.¬† And […]

Loving to the End

Loving to the End

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar   He loved them to the end. John 13:1b Did the disciples understand, did they perceive, that it was The End? I am not sure they did. I don‚Äôt think many of us do when the end is near. The last goodbye to a loved one, the last story read before […]

Decluttering and Relationships

Decluttering and Relationships

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the neat/clean freak one in my marriage. I don’t want my home to be a pigsty, but I don’t mind a little clutter here and there. In the past eight to nine months, though, my husband and I have been on a huge decluttering and trying-to-live-minimally […]

Did I Say That?

Did I Say That?

‚ÄúDid I Say That?‚ÄĚ ¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†To honor and to cherish‚Ķ. ¬†Boomers and all others, do you remember when your heart knew you would cherish this person before you forever? ¬†Maybe it […]

EGR

EGR

Recently, my women‚Äôs Bible Study was puzzled at one member‚Äôs comments about an individual needing EGR. What did she mean by EGR? Well, she explained how this person in her church always differed with everyone else‚Äôs opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there […]

A Day for Love

A Day for Love

In less than a week, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day. ¬†I read this morning that Americans are projected to spend just short of 20 billion dollars on the holiday this year. That includes the purchase of candy, flowers, jewelry and other gifts, cards, and/or a planned evening of dinner and other entertainment. I can recall, […]

The Light of God’s Love

The Light of God’s Love

With our recent political activities causing much dissension and anger, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by watching too many news reports or talk shows. Even if we are not engaging in disruptive behavior, our emotions can become involved if we do not take the time to recognize what is happening in our feelings. February is […]

To Esteem

To Esteem

I’ve been watching other people’s behavior for a while now. As a writer, I think it’s part of my writer brain searching for characteristics to give my characters or the desire for story ideas. What I’ve seen breaks my heart. Some people are walking around like they are better than “them.”¬†You know, the person(s) who […]

Sister’s Homegoing

Sister’s Homegoing

Right after Thanksgiving, my oldest sister died. If a death can be called beautiful, hers was. In her last hours, family and her special friend were at her side. She knew us early that morning, and we like to believe she heard and felt our prayers, our touch, our singing, the Christmas carols played in […]

Shaking the Holiday Blues

Shaking the Holiday Blues

CHRISTMAS! We all have expectations of what Christmas ought to be. For some of us, the very thought of breaking out decorations, and gathering with family to¬†share in the story of Christ’s birth¬†makes us shimmer with excitement. While others cower at the thought of traipsing through crowded stores and crawling¬†along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I tend […]