In the Grave – But Not Dead

In the Grave – But Not Dead

While meditating and reflecting one day, I thought about things that most humans think about  – What happens when we die? Where do we go when we are deceased? Do we go to heaven? Do we go to paradise? Do we stay in the grave? The Apostle Paul says to be absent from the body […]

When You Don’t Know How To Face the Day

When You Don’t Know How To Face the Day

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11) I was overwhelmed with sorrow. Someone I loved was facing terminal illness, and my heart was weighed down with the reality of pending loss. I wanted to crawl into a […]

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

“I’m cold,” I told my husband. A “fixer,” he immediately rose from his comfortable recliner and turned up the heat. “I could have done that,” I said. “I just wanted you to know how I felt.”  Too often, we approach our suffering Christian friends in much the same manner. We seek the quick fix. Instead […]

In the Midst of Loss

In the Midst of Loss

Grief isn’t a respecter of persons; it doesn’t mind who you are or where you are. It comes in the stillness of night and the chaos of the day as you daze into the surroundings of continued life while your world comes to a screeching halt once again, as the reality of loss reminds you […]

God Sees Our Tears

God Sees Our Tears

It’s Ok To Cry  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15 NKJV). The bite is missing from the morbid scenario of death when you are distanced from its finality. Death is projected across the airwaves in movies, television, and the internet. More than ever before visions of […]

Lessons from a Stray Cat

Lessons from a Stray Cat

About two months after our elderly cat died, my husband and I were outside enjoying the flower beds when a cat we’d never seen before materialized at the edge of the yard. Naturally, I walked over to say hello. The little gray cat let me approach and seemed eager for my attentions—so eager she followed […]

He Leadeth Me Beside the Still Waters

He Leadeth Me Beside the Still Waters

He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; Psalm 23: 2-3 (NKJV) I didn’t realize how painful the heart could hurt until one of my sisters passed in 2008 and another one a year later in 2009. I can’t describe the feeling except that it pierced to my soul. I thought I […]

A Long Season in the Wilderness

A Long Season in the Wilderness

Joshua, our youngest child, was diagnosed at the age of fifteen with a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis. Our happy boy turned into a philosophical teen while the disease slowly disabled him, thwarted his dreams, and spiraled him into depression. One cold evening soon after Joshua began freshman classes at our local college, we sat […]