JOY. A simple 3-letter word that’s easy to say, yet hard to hang onto sometimes, right? In spite of knowing that God has the COVID virus firmly in His grasp, I find at times I’m still letting that elusive 3-letter word slip from my focus. I had always loved being at home – and usually … More Consider … Joy
Have you ever had one of those moments? A time when all of a sudden it seems like a lightbulb has switched on inside your head? You know. I’m talking about an “Aha” moment when something that had seemed impossible or utterly deflating a few minutes ago all of a sudden makes perfect sense. Now … More Eureka!
The Christmas and New Year holidays have come and gone – again! And for the third year in a row, we were not able to spend it with our son Jeffrey. The reasons are complicated, but because of this it was once again hard for me to get in the right holiday spirit. I miss … More Starting Point? Believe!
Who are you? Many of us tend to look at our past mess-ups and failures and think we can never be good enough. Questions flood through our mind like the following: I’m unlikable because … I’m the way I am because… I’m a failure because… I’m ugly because… I’m a loser because… Can I just … More Marred Yet Perfect
It’s been kind of depressing for me to dig down and remember all the yukky stuff I got into during my younger years. But what’s past is past, right? I can’t go back and undo all the things I did, but I can learn to accept them – and hopefully help others get through their … More Humility – Learning The Hard Way
A few weeks ago I got blindsided when we were getting ready to leave church. It had been such a great service, and about 20 people got baptized. My heart was full. But as we were chatting to a couple people before heading out the door I learned about a woman who had been abandoned … More The Ultimate Day Of Healing
I hate snakes – I mean I really, really do. Just seeing a picture of a snake absolutely freaks me out. People talk about them, and I find myself breaking into a sweat. They terrify me. I was born in Iowa, and our family lived in a cute little house that had a small orchard in … More Crushing Evil
Proverbs 24:7 (ISV) says: “Wisdom lies beyond reach of the fool… ” I love the bluntness of the Proverbs, don’t you? As I’ve been reflecting on “foolishness,” I’m reminded of so many years when I thought I knew it all. Yes, I was a fool. I knew what was the right way to do things … More Freedom From Foolishness
As I sat drafting this post, I started thinking that I’ve been kind of cranky lately. Why? I actually can’t pinpoint it. I’m at a point in my life where I’m doing so many things that I love, such as writing, helping at church, and getting ready for a couple foster-kid camps that will be … More What Am I Focusing On?
When I first started this post I had just gotten home from the memorial service of a beautiful vibrant lady, who loved Jesus and loved serving others. She’d been struggling for over 5 years with various forms of cancer. No treatment seemed to work for more than short periods at a time. She left such … More The Midnight Cry