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 […]

A Constant State of Complaint

A Constant State of Complaint

Why is it I do what I hate? Sometimes, my mind is in a constant state of confusion and complaint. I’m not counting my blessings, and I see nothing but dark around me. I must admit, it lasts anywhere from hours to a few days. And I know better, having been a follower of Christ […]

Dude Ranch Summer

Dude Ranch Summer

“Oh, come on, you two can do it! We’re going to.” Such encouragement, or should I say, such gentle pressure, from dear friends is what found us working at a delightful Dude Ranch in beautiful Montana one summer. That experience is a memory not easily forgotten. Below is a link to 63 Ranch. https://63ranch.com/  Realize, […]

What a Wonderful, Terrible, Holy World

What a Wonderful, Terrible, Holy World

“Daddy, some of these are terrifying. The colors are so beautiful.” My friend’s daughter lay nearby on a blanket as fireworks flash-banged in the sky above us. She was right. So many colors filled the sky, and it was breathtaking. I found myself whispering “wow” more times than I could count. I’m not always the […]

Word Power

Word Power

“And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water. And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causes the curse: and the water that causes the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter” (Numbers 5:23-25)   Words have power. In this passage […]

Divine Rest

Divine Rest

But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with […]

The FIRST First

The FIRST First

Teeth brushed. Bed made. Husband kissed. Exercise clothes on. Tea cup in hand. And the battle begins. The author podcast I listened to last week said the only way to make consistent progress on your novel is to make writing the first thing you do every morning. Best time of the day to exercise? Most […]

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 […]

When Jesus Comes Over

When Jesus Comes Over

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, […]

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 […]

You’re Starting the NT with That?

You’re Starting the NT with That?

Matthew 1:1-17 English Standard Version (ESV) The Genealogy of Jesus Christ 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah […]

Leaning on the Promises

Leaning on the Promises

Today, let’s focus on the promises of God:   God isn’t a man, and He doesn’t lie. It’s impossible for God to lie. Has He said, and will He do it? Or has He spoken and He won’t make it good? He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. There hasn’t failed […]