Will There Be Math in Heaven?

Will There Be Math in Heaven?

Math is not my strong suit. I have to smile as I write these words. And I know my husband will be howling with laughter when he reads this. I’m so much NOT a numbers girl, I’m almost handicapped. At least that’s what I’d thought. But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through […]

Weekly Cannibals

Weekly Cannibals

One of my Facebook friends, an atheist, referred to Christians as “weekly cannibals.” I don’t know if he believed his own words or was just letting fly his cynicism regarding faith in a deity, but his scorn reminded me that people in the first century accused the brand new church of the same horrible practice. […]

I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

John the Baptist was a different sort of fellow. Dressed in a garment fashioned of camel’s hair with a steady diet of locust and wild honey, he seemed an unlikely candidate for a forerunner of Jesus. And yet, Christ claimed “among those born of women there is no one greater than John.” (Luke 7:28) People […]

Grace Brings God’s Rest

Grace Brings God’s Rest

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new (NKJV). We become a new creation spiritually, but our humanity still strives to please God by works. We hear man-made rules with the intent of […]

Who is Applying Your Label?

Who is Applying Your Label?

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. I Corinthians 7:23 We’ve all got them in our lives—people who label us. Sometimes the labels are good. “You’re so smart.” “You’re so beautiful.” “You’re so organized… “talented… “spiritual… “blessed.” These are the labels we like to hear—whether they’re true or not. They […]

Are You a Proverbs 31 Woman?

Are You a Proverbs 31 Woman?

  As a young mother in her early twenties, I participated in a Bible study on the Proverbs 31 Woman. I was a baby Christian, and I desperately wanted to become this woman of wisdom. Every few years, I look back and see how I’ve grown with the Lord’s help. Below are the questions I’ve […]

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

I lost my mother last month. I lost, but she gained. She gained heaven, a body free from suffering, a reunion with my dad and other loved ones, and most of all the welcoming embrace of Jesus. Death is part of life and when we lose loved ones, it hurts. No matter how prepared we […]

Under the Umbrella of God’s Peace

Under the Umbrella of God’s Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 I love rainy days. The rest of my family are sun worshippers, but I look forward to those cozy days, hemmed with rain and raveled in jagged strips of lightning. I especially love walking […]

Want To, Ought To, Need To

Want To, Ought To, Need To

“I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2 (NIV) Have you ever watched an unweaned toddler interact with his mother? Of course he wants her hugs, but his newfound, wobbly independence tends to push her away—until he’s hungry. […]

Facts You May Not Know About The Declaration of Independence

Facts You May Not Know About The Declaration of Independence

We celebrate our Independence Day on July 4, but the Revolutionary War started about a year earlier when shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. King George of Great Britain denied the citizens of the colonies the basic rights entitled to them as a settlement of the British crown. Each time these disputes were brought […]

Struggling with a Wait Problem

Struggling with a Wait Problem

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25 I’m not a very patient person. There, I’ve said it. I hate to wait for something—especially if it’s something important to me. And the world where we live tries to tell us that we don’t need patience. […]

Praising God Through the Generations

Praising God Through the Generations

Last month I wrote about savoring precious family moments, and I reminisced about my days as a baseball mom. This month, I have to share a recent family moment, one which I hope to remember with joy for the rest of my days. A moment of generations, of love for God and for each other. […]

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 […]

The Myth of Doing It All

The Myth of Doing It All

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 This was one of the first Bible verses I ever memorized. It was a heady verse for someone like me. Someone who loves to say yes for two reasons— the sheer joy of being involved and the fear others wouldn’t like me if […]

Savor the Moments

Savor the Moments

My initiation into the world of sports began thirty-five years ago when my oldest son ventured into the world of t-ball. As each brother reached the grand old age of four, he joined the ranks of youth baseball teams. Sitting on uncomfortable bleachers was no picnic, but some of my best “Mommy” memories spring from […]

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

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 […]

Refocusing My Life

Refocusing My Life

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]