Marie Wells Coutu


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


Broken eggshells
Easter Monday. Leftover candy, remnants of fake grass, and perhaps hidden eggs never found. What are we to do when the celebration is over? Clean up the mess and go on as if it never happened? That’s not what the disciples did, and we shouldn’t either. If Resurrection Sunday means […]

The Days After Easter



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



Put on compassion
The family had just moved to the Kentucky town where I grew up. They didn’t know anyone, and they didn’t have much money. Feeding and clothing the children took priority for the husband’s measly paycheck. So the wife wore pants to church because she did not have a dress to her […]

She Wore Pants to Church


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



Happy Presidents' Day
Today is Presidents’ Day. So what? I remember when Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday were celebrated on different days. I was still in school then, before the Federal government combined the holidays and moved it to the third Monday in February. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the […]

Why Celebrate Presidents’ Day?


Valentine candy hearts
This is Valentine’s Week. And it really is about the heart. Yes, I know, it’s supposed to be Valentine’s Day on Tuesday this week. But between TV commercials, store displays, and billboards, it seems like the holiday has expanded into a week–or the whole month. Like other holidays, a good […]

It’s All About the Heart