Bible Hacks

It’s funny how words can evolve to take on different meanings. The word hack used to describe the sound of a person’s cough. Now we most often use the word to describe an idea that makes our life easier. A lot of words have evolved and changed over time, and there will never be an […]

Shen Yun: Dance—with a cult message thrown in

Have you ever wondered how cults are able to recruit followers? How do cults prosper and finance their message?   What if you helped fund a cult accidentally?  My friends and I did.   It was supposed to be a fun “girls night out,” but it became an interesting discussion on the methods of deception a cult […]

Begin with a good deed

January 1 is always an important day, especially when it’s the first day of a new decade.  What are your thoughts as you contemplate the next ten years? I’ve been especially contemplative this year. This decade will mark a great deal of change in our lives. But then, we could say that about every decade […]

Christmas Blessings

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd” (John 10:10–11). That is the “reason for the season.”  This Christmas Day, I wish you many moments with the “good shepherd.”  I wish you an abundantly joyful day.  Even more, I wish you an abundantly joyful life. […]

Love, Jesus

What would it be like to wake up Christmas morning and find a gift under the tree from Jesus?  I imagine it would be the first gift each of us would open.  What would his handwriting on the tag look like?  How would he wrap it? Would it be lavishly presented or very simple?  The […]

An Untraditional Christmas

My husband and sons have been sending around humorous texts about decorating for Christmas. Let’s just say that I enjoyed transforming our home into a very festive place more than they did. The fact they had to haul all of those boxes out of the attic and help wasn’t their favorite day of the season. […]

The One Who Invented Christmas

The house was finally quiet after a wonderfully chaotic Thanksgiving Day.  My daughter-in-law Candice suggested we watch one of her favorite Christmas movies, The Man Who Invented Christmas. The movie is based on the life of Charles Dickens as he penned his most famous novel, A Christmas Carol. The movie was a fascinating look at […]

A Mr. Rogers Thanksgiving

My husband and I saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the new Tom Hanks movie about Fred Rogers. I was telling Jim what I planned to blog about this week when he got a sheepish look on his face.  Apparently, after thirty-nine years of marriage, we tend to think the same thoughts quite often. […]

Best Practices for God’s people

It’s been months since I made the mistake. So why did I wake up thinking about it today? That’s how God gives blog nudges and authors a message to teach.  The problem with this one is that I have to be my own illustration.  I only needed a few things  It’s been months since I […]

Why Winter?

The weather forecast reported a sixty-three-degree start to the day and a twenty-nine-degree ending, with lots of rain and wind to boot. Talk about a Texas MONDAY!  I pulled my underused coat from the closet and wondered why God created winter.  The forecast for Eden  Winter must be another of the consequences of living outside […]