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"Whom shall I fear?"
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 […]

“Fear Not” Every Day of the Year



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. […]

Singing While You Work


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 […]

Enjoying the hummingbirds and orioles



I am the Light of the World
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 […]

Light That Won’t Go Out




Those who are not outsiders...
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, […]

Whose Truth is True? Let’s Silence the Hate


Disappointments, but God...
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 […]

Change of Port: Handling Disappointments



My sheep hear my voice
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 […]

Learning About Hearing Loss: Life Lessons


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. […]

A Quilter’s Perspective