Devotionals


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



Spring training baseball
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 […]

Put Your Heart Into It


Sandals on a beach
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 […]

Sandals in the Sand



The world is at war. But I’m not talking about the kind of war you’re thinking. My pastor on Sunday said, “We live in a world that is at war with God.” It’s hard to disagree. Terrorism, violent protests, broken families, drug abuse, and hateful rants on Facebook–seems like we […]

Battle for Peace


Eagle and baby
Every winter in southwest Florida, the Eagle Watch occurs. Since 2012, cameras have monitored the nest of a pair of eagles, and thousands of viewers watch the webcast waiting for the eggs to hatch or viewing the adults as they feed the eaglets. (You can see it at  www.SWFLEagleCam.com.) This […]

Covered by Eagle’s Wings