My Mother’s Soup

My Mother’s Soup

My mom would have turned 101 today. I don’t suppose they celebrate birthdays in heaven. How could your earth-entry day possibly hold a (birthday) candle to every day in eternity? But we will celebrate down here with family gathering to enjoy some Grams favorites, including lasagna and German Chocolate cake. Anything that brought family together […]

Essential Life Lessons

Essential Life Lessons

One can get lost in the names and reigning of kings in the pages of the Old Testament. But if we take the time to delve deeper into their stories, we’ll find essential lessons for life. Ones we should make a point never to forget. While reading through II Chronicles, I noticed a central thread […]

Guard Your Gate

Guard Your Gate

A gate is the ideal spot to have control over who or what comes and goes at that crucial entrance point of an important place.  A simple passage in Isaiah gives us a wonderful promise about the significance of a gate and if we study it carefully, we will also notice a hidden warning.  But […]

Relinquishing Control of My Agenda

Relinquishing Control of My Agenda

I recently acquired a young kitten. Her name is Scalliwag (Callie for short). She is cute and snuggly and amusing. She also wreaks havoc with my daily agenda. Like a small child, a ten-week-old kitten requires a lot of supervision to keep it entertained and out of mischief. Since I am the only one home […]

Give Thanks Always

Give Thanks Always

“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” -Ephesians 5:20 NKJV This month is usually used to reflect on things we have been blessed with.  Each morning, we wake up with the desire to give thanks. To thank the Lord for all He has blessed […]

Four Ways to Intentionally Speak Words of Life

Four Ways to Intentionally Speak Words of Life

We put the trip to camp on the calendar and crossed off the white boxes with eager expectation as the weekend drew near. It had been a long winter on pretty much every level, including snowstorms that buried us well into April. When the weekend finally arrived, we hoped the 100 percent chance of rain […]

Walking Alongside

Walking Alongside

The other day I saw the most adorable thing. An older man pulled out a bike for his wife that is best described as an adult tricycle! He helped his wife get on but she was having trouble getting started. After a couple attempts at getting going, he tried it out to make sure nothing […]

Let Nothing Move You

Let Nothing Move You

Over the last month, well last week or so I’ve felt burnt out. There’s been a lot going on in my family. You know the type where it feels like everything is going crazy all at once and you just want to scream. I’ve done that a few times, and then it makes you all grumpy […]

Will He Keep Putting Them Off?

Will He Keep Putting Them Off?

Several years back I was at a family reunion in Arkansas and ate some potato salad that had been sitting out all day. The morning after the picnic my body awoke with excruciating stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. A FEW THINGS FLOWED THROUGH MY MIND AS I PRAYED: 1.   I’m in a small southern town. […]

The Golden Slope

The Golden Slope

“This is the way! Come with us!” Christians have discovered the path to Treasure, the Golden Slope to heaven. As we scramble up the Golden Slope, we may fall on our faces dozens of times, but we’re heading in the right direction. If only others would follow! Christians want them to know amazing joy. We […]

The Not so Good Good Old Days

The Not so Good Good Old Days

Sometimes we long for those simpler days … those good old days when we think everything was so much better.   But do we really want to go back to Ozzie and Harriet Days? Before antibiotics? Developed initially in the 1930s, I know I’m alive today because of this improvement in medical care. Do we […]

Welcoming the Trial

Welcoming the Trial

I awoke to a thick fog blanketing my yard and neighborhood today. Immediately I thought, “Wow, that pretty much looks like life right now. Foggy. No clear view ahead. This is ironic.” I dressed in my exercise gear and put on my walking shoes to go out and meet the foggy morning. No fellow walkers […]

How Do You Glorify God In Your Body and Spirit?

How Do You Glorify God In Your Body and Spirit?

You are not your own – you have been bought with a price! One can glorify God in their body and spirit by: –  Treating yourself ROYALLY. –  Taking care of God’s Property – Your EARTH SUIT. Did you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost who lives in you and you are not your own? […]

Season of Worship

Season of Worship

Fall in Wisconsin is a time of preparation. We winterize the camper, bring in the deck chairs, put the markers out along the driveway for the guy who plows our driveway. Years ago we lived in a house heated by a wood stove. Fall was the time to stack wood along the side of the […]

Jesus Is In Control Of The Fiercest Storm

Jesus Is In Control Of The Fiercest Storm

Do you remember when Jesus was asleep in the boat and suddenly a furious storm began buffeting the disciple’s boat?  This wasn’t an ordinary storm; this was the unpredictable type that would appear suddenly and become out of control.  It was big enough to make seasoned, professional fishermen believe that they were going to die. […]

Walking in the Gospel of Peace

Walking in the Gospel of Peace

And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15 NKJV). My dad spent over 40 years working as a butcher. He wore a certain pair of shoes  for work because his feet picked up the grease and meat particles that spilled on the floor of the butcher shop. At […]

Serving God by Sorting Books?

Serving God by Sorting Books?

As I approached the empty nest season of life I was praying that God would show me how he wanted me to use the free time I would have. I could have signed up to help with the local food pantry or another service organization. Instead I waited to see who God would send to […]

I Have Doubt

I Have Doubt

While watching the morning news today, a local Priest made a statement about the Catholic Church and its handling of Priests who had been accused of inappropriate behavior with minors, he said, “lose faith in the Church but never lose faith in Jesus.” In the movie Doubt, the head Nun made a statement at the […]