“Fear Not” Every Day of the Year

A speaker on the radio this week said the Bible includes 366 references dealing with fear. The number 366 caught my attention. That means there is one verse about fear for each day of the year, even in a leap year. When I tried a search for the word, I […]

"Whom shall I fear?"

Singing While You Work

A couple of my friends enjoy mowing grass. They love being out in the sun and riding around on their tractors to keep their lawns tidy. Me? Not so much. We have nearly two acres, and the frequent rains this summer has meant the grass needs to be mowed frequently. […]


Enjoying the hummingbirds and orioles

Spring has finally arrived in northwest Iowa. I know because the hummingbirds and orioles are here. (The temperature hasn’t made up its mind, however.) We have more birds this year than we have since we moved here, probably because our trees and bushes are getting big enough to provide safety for […]


I am the Light of the World

Light That Won’t Go Out

The Easter concert we attended Palm Sunday included five lit candles as symbols of Christ’s life. At key points during the program, the narrator extinguished one of the candles. When he snuffed out the last candle, it wouldn’t go out. He tried several times, but the candle stayed lit, before […]


Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty: Turning the Wrong Way

A friend working on a home improvement project struggled to remove a screw on a light fixture. After twenty minutes of attempting to turn the screw, he took a break. “I know the old saying, ‘Lefty loosey, righty tighty,’” he said. “But it wasn’t working.” Once he rested from focusing […]

This is the way, walk in it

Those who are not outsiders...

Whose Truth is True? Let’s Silence the Hate

Once again, the world has been shocked and saddened by a mass killing–this time in New Zealand at a mosque by a man apparently filled with hate toward immigrants. Hate toward those unlike himself. Hate of those who are different. The “others.” Meanwhile, in the United States, incidents of rudeness, […]


Change of Port: Handling Disappointments

The cruise ship was scheduled to stop in two ports: one city (Nassau, Bahamas) and one beach (Coco Cay, Bahamas). But the weather predicted for the second day would make the Coco Cay stop too dangerous, as passengers had to be tendered to shore, and the wind was expected to […]

Disappointments, but God...

My sheep hear my voice

Learning About Hearing Loss: Life Lessons

My current novel-in-progress features a main character who is deaf, so I’ve been researching hearing loss and how deaf people communicate. I’ve always enjoyed watching an interpreter use American Sign Language, especially during songs at church. The fluid movement of their hands is like a visual dance, rising and falling in tune […]


A Quilter’s Perspective

Some friends and I were talking about making quilts recently. No, I’m not a quilter. But I do love the varied colors and designs, the artistry of piecing together multiple fabrics in a way that pleases the eye. So when they talk, I listen. I admire their patience and creativity. […]


Power of God

No Connection, No Power

Too many appliances, not enough outlets. Can you relate? In our bathroom, we have an electric toothbrush, a water pic, a razor, and a hair dryer. And only one outlet. We leave the toothbrush plugged in all the time, the razor only when it needs charging, and the others only […]