Choosing To Be a Slave

Choosing To Be a Slave

Slave. The word is ugly in any language. To be forced to call another person “master,” to be denied the freedom of choice in every matter of life—who you marry, where you live, your vocation—is anathema, a cursed thing. With man’s inhumanity toward man, slavery has existed for ages. In some cultures, like ancient Rome, […]

Finding Jesus in Unexpected Places

Finding Jesus in Unexpected Places

It was time to give the washer its monthly cleaning. Not a difficult task, since the machine has a “clean washer” cycle. All I needed to do was fill my glass measuring cup to the two-thirds  mark with bleach and pour it in the designated dispenser, then select the appropriate setting and push the button. […]

Workout

Workout

21, 22, 23, 24…. I kept going. I wanted to do 50 bicep curls on the weight machine at the fitness club.  I had my earbuds in and was listening to a podcast sermon.  48, 49, 50…. Next was the tricep weight machine for another 50.  Then, I worked on my abdominal muscles and my […]

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

After years and years of teaching in elementary schools, I’ve overheard plenty of kid conversations in the classroom and on the playground. They’re not shy talking about their home lives. For example (my thoughts in parentheses): “My mom never lets me do anything fun.” (Good for her—if that means he can’t go out to play […]

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Last summer, Tree Swallows attempted to take over our Bluebird house, so my husband put a bucket over the house in hopes of them leaving. Instead, they patiently sat atop it, waiting, I suppose, for it to reappear. They never gave up! We all face disappointments in life that knock us down and make us […]

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’s 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 […]

One Who is Loved by God

One Who is Loved by God

We’ve all been presented with the question, “What do you want to be remembered for when your time is up?” I could go on all day about characteristics and attributes that I hope I am known for when I die. I would love to make an impact and leave an amazing legacy. I want to […]

Holy Week

Holy Week

                                                      Holy Week I have been studying the book of John in Bible Study Fellowship and you may know that this apostle gives a most compassionate and heart-rending story […]

The Best Part of Spring

The Best Part of Spring

There’s something invigorating about spring, about new life erupting from the dormant earth. I love the vibrant colors that come alive almost overnight. It’s amazing how God can take a lifeless, gray limb and make it bud and blossom. Dead, brown grass suddenly greens. Flowers shoot up out of the ground, adding substance and beauty to […]

The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

When my boys were little, I loved taking them for walks into woods to discover all that they held…bugs, big trees, different colored leaves, all of it I found was a great palette for discovering about God’s world. It was a time when we didn’t rush; we took our time to look up close at bark, […]

EGR

EGR

Recently, my women’s Bible Study was puzzled at one member’s 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’s opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there […]

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 […]

Proactive Living

Proactive Living

Looking back, I realize how unintentional many of my choices have been.  I thought that my options in life were limited to, “yes, I’ll do this” or “no, I don’t want to do this”.   There were times when I didn’t consider the third option, “what’s ahead for me if I do or don’t do […]

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

Aren’t All Religions the Same?

A while back, a member of my secular writers’ group asked me the question in the above title. He followed it up with a second question. “Don’t all religions teach the same thing—don’t kill, cheat, steal; be nice?” I answered his second question first. “Yes. Every religion I’ve learned about basically follows the Ten Commandments. […]

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

We might think we’re OK or even worthy enough to say…”lookin’ good!”  As long as we don’t look in the mirror, we can imagine and believe whatever we want.  Oh, how quickly that changes when we see our reflection.  But we can’t ignore what’s in the mirror, can we?  After all, the mirror doesn’t lie.  […]

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 […]

Who God Chooses to Use

Who God Chooses to Use

God is his majesty is able to use anyone he chooses. He can use those among us that we may consider to be unqualified. In our sinfulness as humans we would all be disqualified. Fortunately, when we put on that new self by having a relationship with Jesus we become usable. We are in great […]

Defining Family

Defining Family

My mother-in-law, Phyllis, passed away this past Friday. My husband and I were blessed to know it was coming and were able to be with her at her passing which was very peaceful. Although she had suffered with Alzheimer’s for the last 8 or so years, she was still able to interact with us in her own […]