Focusing on God’s Word

Do you ever wonder why people send money to a television evangelist so they can get a piece of the cloth he used to wipe his tears?  I knew someone who sent such a televangelist a donation. She didn’t really believe it would work. She just wanted to hope.  History channels have produced shows and […]

Changing our changes

One of my favorite things about God is that he is unchanging.  James said, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).  When I read my Bible, I am reading the same message […]

Truly Free

My husband, Jim, opened his most recent sermon with a poem by Kenneth Kaufman entitled Three Tame Ducks. I asked him to send me the text so I could share it with all of you.  This week we celebrate the freedom most days we are free to take for granted. It’s good to be reminded […]

The Happiest States in America

I read a USA Today article and was surprised to find that I don’t live in one of the happiest states in America. You probably don’t either. In fact, I was really surprised by the results I read in the article.  Suffice it to say that the Bible Belt was excluded. Which states made the […]

‘For Such a Time as This’

This week, my husband and I celebrated our thirty-ninth anniversary. Next year, for the fortieth, there will be balloons! I’m not going to tell you how we “gifted” one another this year, but it screams, “Gosh, you guys are getting OLD!” The funny thing is, after thirty-nine years, we don’t need anything more. And we […]

God Knew It Would Take Effort

Three of my favorite words in the Bible are found in the book of Hebrews. Whenever I see them, I breathe a sigh of relief because those words reveal God’s expectations. Those three words are found at the beginning of Hebrews 12:14. The NIV version says, “Make every effort . . . .” The Lord […]

Tired joy

The kids pulled out of the driveway, headed for home after a great Memorial Day weekend. Our oldest son, Ryan, and his family were with us at the lake for the holiday. There was hiking, swimming, water-gun fights, chasing butterflies, gathering wildflowers, playing at the playground, and even a few fireworks to end the day. […]

When Fear is Real and Reasonable

Sometimes evil has a face and a name. What kind of person grabs a little girl off the street, from her mother’s hand, and takes her somewhere to abuse her? But that happened in Fort Worth, Texas. Thankfully, some heroic citizens worked with police and the little girl was found and rescued. She is safe […]

The Lancaster Lifestyle

The quiet life of the plain people Previously, my only experience with the Amish lifestyle was through novels and movies. Then I made a trip to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, and I spent some time among the Amish. I found their lifestyle fascinating and thought-provoking. I’ve always loved—but have struggled to live—the passage in 1 […]