Reflecting Christ

Luke 23:44 I cannot understand the full scope of God crucified by men and yet simultaneously with men. I cannot understand why in his final hour the Lord was consoled not by the perfect righteousness of God above him, but by the fallen sinner beside him. I cannot grasp how or why we as men…

The Eyes of the Lord

God reminded me this week that He is watching My daughter is 16. She is on the varsity volleyball team at the local High School. Her number is 2. She is a starter as a Junior and I'm extremely proud of her. Since middle school she has loved the game of Volleyball. she is highly…

What is my Goal?

Here’s something I learned this morning about Goals and decisions.   Its not uncommon to get stuck when faced with a difficult decision in life. I get stuck all the time, paralyzed with indecision; I’ll never forget the grueling task of trying to decide between two different yet equally wonderful pre-schools to work for one…

God’s Everlasting Love

Photo by Hernan Pauccara on Pexels.com Listen close, lean in. I want you to understand something; I want you to get a glimpse of God’s unrelenting love even in the midst of trials, as I too want to understand it, own it, live it, breathe it in and exhale with the most blessed assurance that…

Refiner’s Fire

Photo by Skylar Kang on Pexels.com “Then one of the seraphim having a live coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar and he touched my mouth with it. Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away and your sin purged.”- Isaiah 6:6-7 The removal of sin is painful. from…

I am that Bird

It was a slight commotion that caused me to turn my head. A small bird had flown down the chimney and into my kitchen. It fluttered desperately against a large picture window; its wings beating relentlessly and no doubt close to breaking its neck from trying to free itself. How useful in that moment would…

Moment of Trial

Why is Free Speech relevant today? If citizens of this great country continue to value a free society then they will continue to uphold the tenants of free speech and defend our rights for it. In our exercise of Free speech, we prove the distinction nature of humanity, inspire education, test administrative power and aid…

The Size of Humility

an excerpt from my memoir, The Art of Midlife Photo by Dziana Hasanbekava on Pexels.com I never thought my breasts would grow to the size of nana’s. I can see that now, as I prepare for the shower, they certainly are getting there. I’m a writer, so most of my day is spent in pajamas…

Bird Watching and God

A short article on the splendor of diversity Photo by Tina Nord on Pexels.com I enjoy watching birds, as many people do, they are splendid creatures deserving of our attention, not even Jesus left them out, reminding us that not one of these tiny frail creatures falls to the ground without the father’s knowledge. I…

The ache of lonely

Luke 10:38-42 It was Martha who welcomed Jesus into her home. ‘Lord do you not care …my sister has left me to serve alone…’ I hear loneliness in Martha’s plea to the Lord. Typically, this verse is interpreted to juxtapose busy preparations with quiet learning to teach a lesson about work with faith. however, when…

Made Alive

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. this morning and turned to Ephesians 2. "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the [a]course of this world." It's a truth I need to hear.  10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that…

Face to Face

There's a story in the bible about Jacob wrestling with God. Jacob was fleeing his father n law's deception and preparing to meet his brother, Esau, whose murderous vengence he fled as well. Jacob was alone and he was afraid. Esau was approaching with 400 men of war.  It got darck and silent. In the darkness,…

Its OK to be Different

Its OK to be different, and in fact it's necessary. Albert Einstein was smart but it was his different-ness  that catches my attention.  His intelligence isn't what impresses me,  but his quirkiness totally does, His unusual and uncommon ways of being and doing that gave him an advantage, His ability to hyper focus on things…

A Thousand Roads

Has Thou deceived my heart That I may know Thy grace; Torn me apart To fill me with untainted praise Led me through the driest land Let me hunger deeply Haunted me with tender hands Which others felt so sweetly Has Thou deceived my trusting heart With truth i cannot conquer and years have gathered…

Just a little bit longer

I waited month after month to see that little pink line show up in the small plastic window. I stored soft blue booties in my top drawer to remind me to have faith. I begged God to give me a child, And he said, “Just a little bit longer” After my second child was born,…

That we might live

Lord sustain us by and by save and sow each tear we cry hold out your hand with crumbs of faith to feed our souls with saving grace carry us when our feet would fail and the path we walk is trimmed with nails hold us up when at once we fade when shame becomes…

Morning Prayer

A Morning Prayer Dear Lord God, Help me today, do Help me succeed, at the work I’m called to Put my hand to the plow, and my foot to the path May you cause me to obey, all that you ask May the fruit of my labors abound and increase and the past I can’t…

Faith or Fear

Luke 23:50-53 Joseph was a member of the council, a good and righteous man. He was from Arimathea; a city of the Jews and Joseph was waiting for the kingdom of God. This is Joseph. From these statements in Luke 23 we can conclude, Joseph had a reputation, he was involved with both politics and…

Simple Gifts

A mother's day experience Photo by Allan Mas on Pexels.com Today is Mother’s Day. Yesterday was a big shopping day; long lines, busy stores, and lots of fathers with small children in tow.  It warmed my heart to see this interaction between child and father for the love of Mother with simple gifts.  It hit…