Work and rest: God meant both for joy

If King Solomon wondered about something, we should too!  If you have been reading my blog posts for a while, you know I am a big fan of King Solomon. I’m not unaware of his weaknesses; I am just a huge fan of his wisdom.  King Solomon asked, “What gain has the worker from his […]

Our souls need a good trim too

Our yards have needed some extra work lately. That’s especially true for those of us in Texas. We don’t usually get snow, but this past winter was record-setting. For most of us, there are some plants that just gave up! Most of them needed to be really pruned so that the roots would be able […]

The day “Hosanna” changed

It’s Easter week.  Jesus rode victoriously into Jerusalem to the shouts of “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13).  Days later, Jesus was led out of Jerusalem, in agony, to the sneers and jeers of people who didn’t know they were slandering God’s holy Son.  How could so […]

I might have been a Pharisee

Except for the fact I’m a woman, I might have been a Pharisee.  I’m a big fan of rules, but one of theirs was “no women allowed.”  Other than that, there is a lot about their lives I might have appreciated. But Jesus didn’t appreciate much about them at all, and that gives me food […]

It’s time to get out of the boat

Don’t you feel like you are almost to the end of a very long tunnel?  It’s been a tough journey, but we expect it will be lighter, warmer, and easier very soon.  Texas had a week of Snowmageddon and the next week it was spring. Now, there are early flowers blooming and patches of green.  […]

What do you hope for?

I was able to get my first vaccine, and I drove home with a scheduled date for my second shot—and lots of hope. We have a lot to look forward to in the months ahead—probably. It is a unique joy when an unknowable hope becomes a reality. I’m thrilled that I will be vaccinated and […]

Warmer times

In many ways, Texas recently became a parable for our culture.  During our long freeze, the weatherman promised the sun would return in a week, but the news anchor couldn’t predict when the power would be restored. Most of us were much more interested in the electricity than the weatherman’s promise for the coming week.  […]

God spoke and everything changed

I peeked out the window and everything was pure white. Snow in Dallas is uncommon. This much snow in Dallas is . . . wait for it . . . unprecedented!  (For those who read my blog each week, that was intended to be a joke!)  Yep, there is that word again. I am still […]

When God whispers

My blog posts this month are about listening to God.  He speaks to servants who listen.  But sometimes God whispers.  Why is that? GOD’S WHISPER IS PERSONAL  When did you last whisper to someone?  Chances are, it was someone you love. We don’t whisper in the ears of strangers. God whispers to those he loves […]