The Paradox of Water

Water is the source of life, but it can also be the cause of death. While part of California is burning due to lack of rain, people in West Virginia have died because of historic flooding. In our part of Iowa, we’ve had less than twenty percent of the average […]

The water that I give will become a spring welling up to eternal life. John 4:14

I know all the birds of the hills. Psalm 50:11

3 Ways We Are Like Robins

For the last three years, a pair of robins has built a nest on top of the light  next to our front door. Right now, they are raising their second batch of babies for the year. The male and female robins take turns watching the nest and searching for food […]

Hidden Rot Can Destroy

The mailbox post was solid, a 4×4 made of treated wood. But the shelf supporting the three mailboxes and providing newspaper slots seemed to be unstable. While visiting our son and his family a few weeks ago, my husband decided to tackle this project to help him and his neighbors. […]

The new mailbox support shelf


Mail Call

How many personal letters have you received this year? Not Christmas letters, birthday cards, personalized fundraising mail, Facebook messages, or emails. I’m talking about an honest-to-goodness, preferably hand-written, physical note, arriving courtesy of your very own U.S. Mail carrier. In this age of almost instantaneous communication, the tradition of actual […]

No Substitute for Blood

After I gave blood a couple years ago, the blood bank gave me a t-shirt to thank me  for my donation. It includes the statement, “There is no substitute for blood.” As we take time on Memorial Day today to remember those who have given their blood and their lives for our […]

No substitute for blood

Who is like the Lord? Nobody

Who Is Like You?

Self-identity. My two-year-old granddaughter is too young to have determined her self-identity. One minute, she might be dressing up in frilly dresses, a fancy hat, and “shades”–being what we might call a “girly-girl.” Ten minutes later, she could be playing roughhouse, trying to keep up with her big brother. She is […]

Mowed and trimmed

When it comes to mowing the lawn, I’ve decided I am obsessive-compulsive. In few other areas of life do I feel the need to strive for perfection, but in this one, I do for some unknown reason. My husband and I share the lawn-mowing responsibilities for our nearly two-acre yard. […]

Discipline seems painful, but it yields the fruit of righteousness.



We’ve been on the road for several days, my husband and I. We encountered road construction and rubbernecking delays while passing a fatal accident on the other side of the highway. We also made our own detour to visit several historic sites. After hours of driving, taking the time to […]

Praying the Alphabet

Ever tried praying through the alphabet? Books have been written about praying the Lord’s prayer, praying the Psalms, and so forth. Years ago, I learned from some friends the idea of praying through the alphabet using the characteristics of God. The idea is to just worship Him in prayer by […]

praying hands

Drawing in the sand

Drawings in the Sand

My friend likes to draw in the sand. We went for a walk on the beach recently. We saw where some other people had written messages or drawn pictures in the sand, and she decided to make a few drawings of her own. A couple weeks later, I thought I […]