When Billy Graham Hung Up on Me

Thousands, perhaps millions, of words have been written about the impact of Billy Graham’s life, especially in the last few days since he went home to be with the Lord on February 21. There’s little I can add other than a few of the precious memories from the 15 years […]

Tape measure

Measure Once, Cut Three Times

Yesterday was one of those days. My hubby and I were working on a project to finish the new floor in our bedroom. The new flooring looked great but we needed to install baseboard trim. My job was to measure and fit the pieces, while he would do the cutting. […]

The Hardest Four-Letter Word

February. It’s the month of Love. Advertisers are bombarding us with images of chocolates, flowers, diamonds, and even cars as potential Valentine’s Day gifts. The Winter Olympics, that symbol of unity among athletes regardless of nationality, takes place this month–and we do love our Olympic stars. Even during the Super […]

Whoever claims to love God but hates a brother or sister is a liar.

God cares for you.

Why Do You Bother with Me?

“I don’t know why you bother with me.” That’s what the inner-city, troubled gang member said to a teacher who was working to keep him in school. I heard this story a few days ago. At 14, the boy fit all the stereotypes of a kid who would grow up […]

Who Will Rescue Us?

This morning’s news carried the announcement of a major earthquake off the Alaska coast, with tsunami warnings and watches for the coastlines from the Aleutian Islands to California. The tsunami turned out to be less serious than at first thought, but meanwhile, thousands of people no doubt wondered how they would […]

"I will protect you because you know my name."

Does God Care About Football?

The Minnesota Vikings made a spectacular play in the last seconds of the NFC divisional playoff game Sunday, delighting their fans–including me–and stunning and disappointing New Orleans fans. Comments by players after the game made the rounds on social media. After receiver Stefon Diggs made a “miracle” catch and ran for the […]

The Wonder of Standing Out

I saw the movie Wonder for the second time last week.  It still made me tear up. If you haven’t seen this film about Auggie, a boy with a facial deformity who goes to public school for the first time at age 10, you should. The story is so good […]

You can't blend in when you were made to stand out.

Happy New Year

A New Year, A New Thing

Did you know the Bible has a verse for the New Year? “Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago. I am going to do something new” (Isaiah 43: 18-19, GW). Okay, the verse isn’t specifically for New Year’s, but it does apply. Don’t dwell […]

Christmas symbols: Gifts

Some of my most vivid Chrismas memories have something to do with gifts: -The year I snuck into my parents’ bedroom and found the one present I wanted most! Though I was excited to know I was getting a Ken doll, there was a bit of a letdown, too, due […]

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Nativity and stable

Christmas Symbols: The Stable

While decorating for Christmas this year, I set up our ceramic nativity set and surrounded it with fake straw. This set is special to me because it was made by my father some 15 years ago. Most of his life, Daddy was a carpenter, but in his later years, he did […]