Trials of a Clay Pot

Trials of a Clay Pot

Most of us have heard the analogies of God as the potter and us as the clay through sermons and books. But recently the story came to visual life as a talented art teacher was speaking at my church and while he taught he created clay vessels on his potter’s wheel. As he twirled the […]

Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

New crayons have a unique smell. They remind me of the first day of school when everything is new and clean. The waxy points are sharp, and the paper wrappers are unmarred. After a few weeks of use, the crayon box shows wear and the color’s sharp points have worn to a rounded nub. But […]

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

While shopping the day before Easter, I was reminded of the way we celebrated Easter when I was a child. While we did enjoy baskets of candy and eggs, the attention was focused more on the new clothes we would wear. We wouldn’t dare go to church without a new dress and, yes, white gloves. […]

Flipping the Switch on Darkness

Flipping the Switch on Darkness

Several years ago, my husband and I toured some caverns in the state of Virginia. The stalactites and stalagmites were impressive, and the constant dripping of water told the story of how these rock columns were formed. When all the tourists were in place, the park ranger told everyone to be perfectly still. He turned […]

Spiritual Sponges

Spiritual Sponges

Soapy water ran down the bike’s fender from the sponge I squeezed while helping my husband wash all the dust and grime off his Harley. Each time I plunged the sponge back into the bucket, the fibers filled up with the cleaning solution and I continued the chore trying to get “Ol’ Smokey Gold” clean […]

His Mercies are New Every Morning

His Mercies are New Every Morning

Goal-setting ideas fill pages on magazines and are the topics of talk shows every January. Energetic plans follow for a period of time and then the despair of failure sets in and we give up. We may remember the goals of we didn’t follow through on or the mistakes we made. To keep from wallowing […]

The First Christmas Card

The First Christmas Card

Mailboxes are full during December as friends and families send cards, pictures and well wishes for a blessed holiday season and greetings for the New Year. Many send letters with updates on past activities and achievements. The stationery industry thrives on holidays and Christmas is one of the busiest for sales. From fancy to plain, […]

Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Despite the technology available today there are those who despair that their gadget doesn’t do what they want it to, or they don’t have the latest one on the market. Years ago, these inventions didn’t exist and we lived without them and our life went on. This is an example of how human nature is […]

Failure Is Not An Option

Failure Is Not An Option

Another failed business venture stared me in the face. Throughout the years, my husband and I have tried various multi-level marketing trends to make extra money. None ever made us rich and I let feelings of failure loom over me telling me nothing would ever work out. My last venture I tried had been with […]

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Depression is an overwhelming malady in our society today. Television commercials abound with promises of new drugs to elevate mood and make your day better. Too many people want quick fixes for their problems while ignoring the root cause of their issues. Medication for depression may alter body chemicals, but the pill cannot make someone […]

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dusty, cracked and void of any moisture, the bones lying in the valley Ezekiel peered across had no hope. How could something so dead ever live again? (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Even the buzzards had given up on having another morsel of food from the stick-like remains lying on the parched earth. Can these bones live? Ezekiel […]

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Squawking and screeching filled the air as the mother mockingbird warned us of her displeasure at our presence near her home. Knowing her alarm was not sounded without reason, I looked around for a nest nearby. Clumps of woven straw stuck out among the green leaves of the maple branches she had chosen to raise […]

Taking the Plunge Against Fear

Taking the Plunge Against Fear

Years ago, my husband and sons talked me into taking diving lessons. This wasn’t my first choice of a hobby. My mother had almost drowned when she was a teenager and her fear of the water had been translated to me. She was so cautious watching my brothers and I she would hardly let us […]

A Righteous Man Won’t Stay Down

A Righteous Man Won’t Stay Down

You Can’t Kill a Peep Little marshmallow confections are everywhere. You know what I mean. Peeps! These animal shaped candies fill store counters at Easter in a variety of colors and flavors. The tough sticky center reacts like sugar coated rubber because they are indestructible. You can stretch them, bite them, and stomp on them […]

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 […]