Townhouse Blues

Townhouse Blues

There was a great deal to like about the townhouse. We loved the loft feeling as we leaned over the rail at the top of the steps to talk to one another, acting a little like Southern gentry. We loved the spacious downstairs area that served both as a dining room and a living room. […]

Created to Be Salt

Created to Be Salt

When we think of salt, we immediately are drawn to the concept of table salt or sodium chloride. Often, we hear preachers compare THE PROPERTIES OF SALT to the CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. Of course Our lives should make others thirst for the things of God. Our conduct, tempered with love, ought to make others wonder what […]

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13 NIV).     I dropped my salt shaker into a bowl of water and vinegar.  If it had only been water on the top […]

A Tantrum Averted

A Tantrum Averted

Normally, shopping invigorates me. Not this day. Not when I started from a point of exhaustion. With looming deadlines and a conference to prepare for, this might be my only opportunity to purchase needed items. Hubs graciously went with me. Disinterested in women’s clothes, he wandered. Only, I’d forgotten my phone. After making a couple […]

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 […]