What does God hate?

I considered taking another week off but knew I should write. I need to say something you are unlikely to hear or read about in the news. I don’t want to speak about the sins of the El Paso shooter.  Instead, I want to speak about the sins of the saints, myself included. I have […]

God Didn’t Need to Rest

God didn’t need to rest. He chose to rest.  He wanted to set a great example for all of us.  But, as is typical, most of us don’t follow his example very well. We were created to sleep. Did you know there is a National Sleep Foundation?  There is an interesting article that you might […]

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. […]