Where Love Began

Where Love Began

Luke 22:19 – And he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” I laughed out loud as I watched the video of my grandson’s first attempt to walk. He struck out a few feet. Kaboom. He […]

Putting All Else Aside

Putting All Else Aside

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8 NIV). Five years ago, we downsized to move to Florida. A few months ago, we realized, at […]

One-hundred and One Times

One-hundred and One Times

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen (Jude 1:24-25 NIV).   Whew, lots of theology in that verse. First, he […]

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my tongue rejoices, my body will rest secure. Psalm 16:8-9   David’s life is filled with conflict, tragedy, and disappointment. Yet, His hope remained steadfast in God. Within these verses we find the Psalmist’s secret behind his positive […]

Failure Begets Opportunity

Failure Begets Opportunity

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21). The golfer sets up his tee on the challenging par five green. After analyzing the situation and visualizing his play, he readies for his drive. Keeping his eye on the ball, he swings. However, he mistakenly speeds […]

What’s Behind the Closed Door

What’s Behind the Closed Door

For we wanted to come to you — certainly I, Paul, did, again and again — but Satan stopped us (1 Thessalonians 2:18 NIV).   Paul desperately wanted to see this Thessalonian church. He apparently was distressed over their welfare.  For whatever reason he felt compelled to return to Thessalonica, circumstances prevented his going, circumstances […]

Better Me Than Dead

Better Me Than Dead

Psalm 70:4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”   Dodging traffic and sniffing dogs, I continued the daily grind going house to house with a not so happy spirit. I was hired by a local school district to conduct its yearly […]

The Fruit Loops Fiasco

The Fruit Loops Fiasco

Now that the kids are grown they laugh at my equal opportunity style of parenting.  “Mom, do you really think we’d be jealous if you spent more on one kid than the other?”    I remember the Fruit Loops Fiasco. “Mrs. Rondeau, call on line three,” came over the loud speaker. I left my meeting […]