Leaving the Lanai

On our last morning in Hawaii, I couldn’t wait to grab my cup of coffee and sit on the lanai. There is something profoundly beautiful about watching waves during high tide, seeing the colors of the sunrise reflected on the clouds, and hearing the tropical birds call out to each other. Then, out of nowhere, […]

The Small “g” gods

We recently spent time on the island of Kauai and enjoyed learning the history and culture of the island. We chose Kauai because it was the quieter and slower paced island in Hawaii. It’s called the Garden Island, and it is easy to see why. We left Los Angeles and flew over the water for […]

The God Daniel Knew

March is a great time to live in Texas. While much of the country is still shoveling snow, Texans are watching the early hints of spring sprout from the ground and bud on trees. We have almost turned the corner on another winter and spring is on the way. The seasons measure the forward progress […]


I thought I was successfully and carefully avoiding the flu, until last Wednesday. I’m borderline OCD when it comes to washing my hands and staying germ-free. But, I got in my car after teaching Bible study and felt tired. I’m usually a little tired after teaching, so I didn’t think too much about that. Later […]

Friends are Family

My friend called me from her vacation the other day and said, “You have GOT to get these sandals!” By the time we hung up, I had a pair ordered and on the way. (By the way, the name of the sandals is OOFOS Oolala flip-flops.) We have shopped together many times, and she knows […]

Paper Valentines and God’s Love

Valentines and chocolate hearts are flying off the shelf this week. This is a time when people think about those they love. I wish sharing God’s love with people was as easy as shopping for a card or making a reservation. People need to know that God loves them, but the Christian message of love […]

Is prayer changing things?

I don’t pray for our nation’s leadership like I should. Truthfully, I don’t really know what to pray for these days. I know a lot of people prayed for our nation’s leaders in church last Sunday. We need Congress to come to decisions that are best for the citizens and the government. I usually pray […]