Live Like a Winner

Live Like a Winner

Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Be strong, Be courageous, Do not fear, Do not dread, Do not be dismayed God goes with you God will not leave you God will not forsake you   I’m an admitted end-of-the-book reader. Okay. So there. But yes, I do understand it when people who really and truly don’t want to know […]

As a Child

As a Child

Matthew 18:3: “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” As a four-generation family we visited a children’s museum this past summer. I’m not sure who had more fun, my dad, or his great-grandchild. As I watched, and played, I remembered advice from […]

5 Things I’ve Learned From Being a Grandmother

5 Things I’ve Learned From Being a Grandmother

I kept a journal for a while after my own children were born. I had forgotten how much I hated the “advice” I’d been given, mostly to do with sleep patterns and nursing. I gave those journals to my daughters-in-law when they were expecting. I probably should have read them first. Even though I promised […]

5 Things I Learn From Eve

5 Things I Learn From Eve

Five Things I Learn from Eve    Genesis 3:20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.   I’m reading a devotional on doubt as found throughout Scripture for a few weeks. This one from Genesis is obvious—the doubt was already there in Eve’s mind, and fed by the […]

Five Lessons From Hanging Out Laundry

Five Lessons From Hanging Out Laundry

I’ve always loved being able to let my laundry air dry. A woman I used to work for had a saying cross-stitched, “Thank you, Lord, for my dryer,” over a full clothesline. My mom never had a clothes dryer until she retired and moved to a new house. It’s a well-known fact that clothes dryers […]

Show Me

Show Me

Exodus 33:12-23 “Now show me Your glory.”   Moses must have been from Missouri, the “Show Me” state!  After all Moses had seen and experienced, from the first moment of standing on holy ground and hearing the voice of the Lord, to responsibility for a million – million – people…in receiving God’s Little Instruction Book, […]

Help-Itis

Help-Itis

Three Ways to Avoid Too-Much-Helping Syndrome It took seven years…at least to my face…before I annoyed a dear loved one so badly she had to leave the room. This is a testament to her, not to me, believe me. It is my special gift to aggravate everyone I come in contact with, some sooner than […]

Packing

Packing

Verse: The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not. Genesis 24:21 ESV I’m leaving soon on a short but exciting vacation. A trip overseas. It’s been thirty-five years since I’ve been off the continent and I’m pretty excited. There are rules about women’s clothing in […]

Five Lessons From My Yard

Five Lessons From My Yard

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. Genesis 1:11 ESV Up here in the northern part of the United States, it’s safely well into growing season. They may have […]

Self Study

Self Study

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not, also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.   I came to a disturbing non-revelation while reading Sonia Sotomayor’s biography, My Beloved World. She’s talking about her college days at Princeton working on her senior thesis about Puerto Rico’s first elected governor, and says, “Of course I knew […]

Deadlines and Deadheads

Deadlines and Deadheads

Learning to Tell Time Ruthless—by the time a writer starts making some money in the business, you must learn to become ruthless. Most everyone knows by now that with my fourth contract and third year in a row of being profitable in writing, I took two years off to learn marketing. Really, really bad idea […]

Make My Life a Prayer to You

Make My Life a Prayer to You

“Make my life a prayer to you,” runs through my head…a lot! In fact, now that I’ve written it, I’ll probably hum it for the rest of the day. Some of you might recognize the lyric from a Keith Green song. I love it as a challenge and an occasional chastisement for forgetting to keep […]

Paralyzed With Indecision

Paralyzed With Indecision

 Ruth 1: 19-21 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they to Bethlehem the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with […]

Reflecting on My Change in Congregation

Reflecting on My Change in Congregation

Lamentations 3:22-23 New International Version (NIV) 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.   I wrote this post two years ago, and thought, on this New Year’s Day, that I’d revisit the issue to see what I’d learned since. Reflecting […]

Entertaining Angels Unaware

Entertaining Angels Unaware

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrew 13:2, ESV   I live on a state highway in a rural area, so it’s always a bit of a surprise when someone knocks on my door. That happened the one day this fall. I answered a gray-haired woman […]

When That Someone Is Me

When That Someone Is Me

Ephesians 5:29-30 “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.” I am kicking and screaming against posting this. I have some nice posts, some thoughtful posts, to share with you. And I will. But ever since Cherie’s […]

Where Do You Wear Your Faith?

Where Do You Wear Your Faith?

Psalm 150:4 Praise him with tambourines and dance, praise him with strings and pipe! Psalm150four is the e-mail address of a dear friend. We got to know each about fifteen years ago when she brought her family to our church. It was a compromise between her husband’s and her denominational mindset. Deidre was plugged into […]