Devotionals


5 things I learned from Samaritan woman
If you Google “things I learned from,” you get more than 200 million possible results. You can find posts about things I learned from my mother, my sister, my patients. From watching movies, from Winnie the Pooh, from a cow. Then there’s the “Advice from…” category. We have a refrigerator […]

5 Things I Learned from …


Superheroes, Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is the latest in a plethora of superhero movies released in the last few years. When we saw the movie recently, most of the trailers featured more “superheroes.” And I realized that the world has always looked for a rescuer, someone to save us from evil, from grief, […]

We Need a Superhero…or Do We?



Memories
Remember the Barbra Streisand song “The Way We Were”? “Memories light the corners of my mind.” Those lyrics came to mind recently when we decided to go through a box of old photos and slides. (For you younger readers, “slides” are a pre-PowerPoint way of displaying photos to a group.) […]

Sorting Through Memories


Writing a new story
If you look for them, you can find stories all around you. We’ve just celebrated Memorial Day, which is really all about the stories of soldiers who died to serve our country. Behind every name and every tombstone, there’s a true and fascinating story. Even my three-year-old granddaughter makes up […]

Life’s a Story



Simple pleasures
Fulfilled expectations can be delightful, but sometimes the unexpected surprises bring simple pleasure. I wrote recently about expectations, such as hanging a hummingbird feeder and expecting visitors to come to it. A few days later, a female actually showed up, and we were delighted. She’s been back several times since. […]

Simple Pleasures


Expecting hummingbirds
We all have expectations. Some are for big accomplishments, some for little things. For instance, we just hung our hummingbird feeder out for this season. Now we expect hummingbirds to visit. Never mind that only a few came to our feeders last year. This year, we have great expectations that […]

Not-so-great Expectations



Nothing ever occurs to God.
“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, […]

No Surprises


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 […]

The Cross Is Enough



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.

When We’re Disappointed


I will bless the Lord at all times.
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 […]

Time to Stop Fussing