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 […]

Walls torn down to studs

Count your many blessings

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 […]

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 […]

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

Let your light shine

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 […]

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 […]

Maye it was for a moment like this...

Make lemon pie out of life's lemons

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. […]

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. […]

The Lord...heals the brokenhearted.

"Whom shall I fear?"

“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 […]

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 […]