No Surprises

“Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God?” Our pastor threw out that little nugget as a side comment in a sermon on faith, and it stuck with me. There are no surprises for God. He’s not sitting around thinking, and then gets a brainstorm: “Hey, […]

Nothing ever occurs to God.

Broken eggshells

The Days After Easter

Easter Monday. Leftover candy, remnants of fake grass, and perhaps hidden eggs never found. What are we to do when the celebration is over? Clean up the mess and go on as if it never happened? That’s not what the disciples did, and we shouldn’t either. If Resurrection Sunday means […]


The Cross Is Enough

As Holy Week begins, it seems fitting to be reminded of the significance of the cross. I heard that some hymnals have removed all the songs that refer to the cross or to the blood of Jesus. If that’s true (and I have no proof that it is), they would […]


When We’re Disappointed

Are you justified in being disappointed in these situations? It’s date night. Your husband is supposed to take you out to dinner. Only he doesn’t know.

It’s your idea, but you didn’t tell him. So he never actually said he would take you to dinner tonight. But still, you’re disappointed with him. Perhaps even angry.


She Wore Pants to Church

The family had just moved to the Kentucky town where I grew up. They didn’t know anyone, and they didn’t have much money. Feeding and clothing the children took priority for the husband’s measly paycheck. So the wife wore pants to church because she did not have a dress to her […]

Put on compassion

I will bless the Lord at all times.

Time to Stop Fussing

Daylight Saving Time is back. There’s been the usual haters and lovers, of course. Some people don’t like losing an hour of sleep, while others love the extra hour of daylight each evening. I just want to know, where does the time go? What happened to that “extra hour” we […]


Put Your Heart Into It

Baseball is back. Spring training has begun and once again we can enjoy the sunshine, warm breezes, and fresh air while the “boys of summer” play their games. Some people find baseball boring, while others love the strategy and the thrill of seeing a home run or an amazing play that […]

Spring training baseball

Sandals on a beach

Sandals in the Sand

A friend and I sat on a beach recently, noticed these abandoned sandals, and began to speculate about them. No apparent footprints in front of or behind them. Facing away from the water, not toward it. As a fiction author, all sorts of scenarios come to mind, involving sharks, an […]


Why Celebrate Presidents’ Day?

Today is Presidents’ Day. So what? I remember when Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday were celebrated on different days. I was still in school then, before the Federal government combined the holidays and moved it to the third Monday in February. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the […]

Happy Presidents' Day

Valentine candy hearts

It’s All About the Heart

This is Valentine’s Week. And it really is about the heart. Yes, I know, it’s supposed to be Valentine’s Day on Tuesday this week. But between TV commercials, store displays, and billboards, it seems like the holiday has expanded into a week–or the whole month. Like other holidays, a good […]