Striving To Resolve Everything Singlehandedly and Screaming

Striving To Resolve Everything Singlehandedly and Screaming

Many of us probably exhaled on January 2 saying, “The holidays are over. I can relax because things will be getting back to normal.” Even though we attempt to make the holidays cheerful and stress free – STRESS occurs in some fashion, if even minimally – couldn’t find the perfect gift, a wayward child is […]

Putting the New Is Ending, So Here’s Where to Catch Up With the Writers Here

Putting the New Is Ending, So Here’s Where to Catch Up With the Writers Here

After months and months of consideration, I’ve decided that it is time for Putting on the New to come to an end. And let me tell you, this was not an easy decision! When I started this blog over five years ago, I did it to build a sense of community. I wasn’t seeing a […]

The View from the Seventeenth Floor

The View from the Seventeenth Floor

I’m not naturally a glass-half-full kind of person. I’m much more apt to see mountains instead of mole hills and rain clouds rather than rainbows. It takes discipline to hunt for silver linings. But I’m trying. This was a rough week. The end of the first day of 2019 found us halfway between our Wisconsin […]

New Year ~ New Perspectives

New Year ~ New Perspectives

I love the sense of excitement and anticipation the new year brings. There’s just something satisfying in knowing the old is past and something new is coming. It’s a time to reflect and ponder, but also an opportunity to forge ahead and see what the Lord has in store. Looking back over 2018, there are […]

What Does The Future Hold?

What Does The Future Hold?

Just about everyone wants to know the future.  They want to know what will happen in their personal lives and what is in store for the world.  Some people want to know this so badly that they are willing to pay someone to foretell their future!  In a way, we all want to know what […]

Start and End the Year with the Great I AM

Start and End the Year with the Great I AM

The gospel of John gives us a word picture of Jesus as the Son of God. His many faceted attributes are painted for us in natural elements we can identify with. When we hunger Jesus is our food. I am the bread of life (John 6:35). To be nurtured and grow we connect to the […]

A Fate Worse Than Death

A Fate Worse Than Death

Are you afraid of death? I think most of us are—or at least we live as if our top priority is to avoid death at all costs. Just look at all the ads that seem to promise if we just ate properly, exercised properly and avoided enough germs we would have be healthy and happy. […]

Centering Prayer-Tool #4 for your Spiritual Tool Box

Centering Prayer-Tool #4 for your Spiritual Tool Box

Centering prayer is an unusual but most effective prayer tool. A recent negative experience reminded me of the many fruits it has borne within me. We unexpectedly decided it was time to move. A neighbor was making life difficult. Again. For two years we’d endured verbal abuse, rants, and ravings. When things got physical, we […]

For When You’re Weary and Weighted Down

For When You’re Weary and Weighted Down

Ann Voskamp writes, “It’s never the things you carry that hurt you, but how you carry those things.” It sounds like a nice thing to say, a poetic kind of wisdom, but when I’m honest with myself and with God, it feels like what I’m carrying is an unbearably heavy load, and there’s no way […]

Where I Want To Go in 2019

Where I Want To Go in 2019

It’s the end of another year, and time for some self-evaluation. In preparation for a new year, I often come up with some goals or resolutions that I want to work towards. In order to do that, we must honestly assess how well we did this year. At the beginning of 2018, I asked the […]

Seasons, Reasons and Frustrations

Seasons, Reasons and Frustrations

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to reread a set of books that were on the top shelf of a bookcase located above my piano. I didn’t just have books on that shelf; I also had a few knick-knacks that I collected over the years, one a candle in a clear glass holder. […]

A King is Born

A King is Born

In 2008 Jennifer Lopez was paid 6 million dollars for pictures of her twins. And in the same year, Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt were paid a whopping 14 million dollars for pictures of their twins. The paparazzi get super excited when they hear of celebrities pregnancies because they realize they can get big bucks […]

Am I Hoarding My Struggles?

Am I Hoarding My Struggles?

In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. I Corinthians 4:2 When I think of stewardship, I think about managing something that is owned by someone else. I don’t think of my own life in that context, and I especially don’t think of my struggles that way. I think […]

The Baby Smiles

The Baby Smiles

“The Little Drummer Boy” is my favorite Christmas carol. Partly for the music. The harmonies are unique. The melody swells to a triumphant climax before plummeting to pianissimo at the finish. But it is the story within the lyrics that captured my heart.   I picture those magnificent magi on their way to give homage […]

Acquainted With Grief

Acquainted With Grief

Every Christmas Helen tries to hide at home and wish the season away. The painful past still pierces the heart each time the mistletoe is hung.  Though her friends make Herculean efforts to draw her out of this seasonal agoraphobia, she acquiesces out of loyalty but secretly aches for the occasion to end. Helen’s fiancé […]

Stand Tall and Walk Tall

Stand Tall and Walk Tall

Hebrews 12:12 tells us, “Now stand up straight! Stop your knees from shaking.” (Contemporary English Version) A. STAND and be proud of who you are! B. STAND and be proud of who you can become! C. STAND and be counted as one that serves God and belongs to Him D. STAND and strut like you […]

Light Effects

Light Effects

I love morning sunlight. I hate morning sunlight when it exposes every streak, smudge, fingerprint and nose print on my windows. Not unlike the effect of Sonlight. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. John 3:19 […]

Amazing

Amazing

An incredible event took place over 2,000 years ago that changed everything.  Our world has never been the same since that spectacular night.  This was a moment in time that was predicted hundreds of years earlier and is still talked about and celebrated to this day.  It is considered the greatest event in history.  It […]