A Week Like No Other

April 5, 2020, began a Holy Week like no other in our lifetime. Palm Sunday was celebrated, not with children singing “Hosanna” and waving palm branches in unison, but with families watching preachers via the Internet. Some families found branches of greenery and brought them inside, but many others, I […]

"Take heart; I have overcome the world."

Do not fear. The Lord is with you.

Faith in a Time of Fear

Weird. This seems to be the buzzword for this period of social distancing, self-quarantining, and isolation due to the disease known as COVID-19. Companies allowing and encouraging working from home, restaurants with no eating in but offering to-go (and some with FREE delivery!), beaches closed during spring break, and schools […]

Builders Are Important, Too

Why doesn’t anyone name their son “Bezalel”? Names like Caleb, Joshua, and Aaron abound. Their importance in the Bible is well-known. They were leaders and whole-hearted followers of God. But Bezalel and Oholiab were important, too. Of course, their names are harder to spell and pronounce. But they are worthy […]

Exodus 36:2

Walls torn down to studs

Lessons Learned from Students

When you repair a storm-damaged house, you may need to first strip it down to the bare frame. Sometimes God has to strip us down to basics, too. That was only one of several life lessons provided last week from a seemingly unlikely source: high school students. My husband is […]

Are You Counting Your Blessings?

It’s Thanksgiving Week and many of us are busily preparing for family get-togethers, a big holiday meal, and perhaps parades or football. And, of course, Black Friday shopping. You may be excited to see family and view the cooking and preparations as fun. Or it may be stressful because certain family […]

Count your many blessings

"The Lion from the tribe of Judah has won the victory."

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

We visited the zoo on Saturday. My brain kept going back to a Simon and Garfunkel song from college days, “At the Zoo.” “It’s all happening at the zoo,” the lyrics say. “The monkeys stand for honesty. Giraffes are insincere. And the elephants are kindly but they’re dumb.” The numbers […]

Hold High the Torch Every Day

Veterans Day is, of course, a day to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces, while Memorial Day remembers those who have died in battles for our freedom. In both cases, the scripture that comes to mind is John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to […]

Let your light shine

Maye it was for a moment like this...

Things I learned from Queen Esther

The biblical story of Queen Esther is beloved by many people for its intrigue, heroism, and demonstration of God’s faithfulness. The king’s adviser plotted to destroy the Jewish exiles living in the kingdom. Queen Esther’s cousin Mordecai urged her to go to the king and ask him to save the […]

Making lemon pie when you get lemons

Sometimes you’re late and sometimes you’re early. Being early can be an advantage. Several weeks ago, I hurried to a meeting, thinking I was late. I arrived about 10 minutes after the announced meeting time, but no one was around. Finally, it occurred to me to check the meeting notice. […]

Make lemon pie out of life's lemons

The Lord...heals the brokenhearted.

Hidden Wounds

My husband recently had an opportunity to work construction with a group of wounded veterans for a week. I met some of these former soldiers who served our country and are now serving people in need. Knowing they’d all been wounded while serving overseas, I wasn’t sure what to expect. […]