When We’re Disappointed

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.


Put on compassion

She Wore Pants to Church

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 […]


Time to Stop Fussing

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 […]

I will bless the Lord at all times.

Spring training baseball

Put Your Heart Into It

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 […]


Sandals in the Sand

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 on a beach

Happy Presidents' Day

Why Celebrate 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 […]


It’s All About the Heart

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 […]

Valentine candy hearts

Battle for Peace

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 […]


Covered by Eagle’s Wings

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 […]

Eagle and baby

His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1

Mercy That Endures

Do you need a reason to give thanks to God? How about twenty? Check out Psalm 136. The author of this “song” lists some twenty reasons to give thanks, the chief one being “because His mercy endures forever.” Each of the 26 verses in the Psalm ends with this phrase. […]