A few years ago we had a gift exchange “game” at a Christmas party I attended. Each person drew a number, and starting at number 1, they picked a gift from the gift table or from someone who had already opened a gift that they wanted. If they took someone else’s gift, the other person… Read More How to Recognize & Overcome Prejudice
How important is your life or mine? That’s a question people have been asking for a long time. Our family just explored this question recently by watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” again. But a few weeks before that I had made the following observations: The Harvest is long since over. The fields lie brown and… Read More On death and life
As we drove down the straight, two-lane highway in northeast Colorado…. I wish I could say that we saw the majestic snow-capped mountains in the distance and describe the lush colors that surrounded us, but that’s just not the case! Northeast Colorado is a high-altitude plain, and when the end of November comes, there isn’t… Read More Finding God
I don’t have it all together. There I said it. My teenage daughter has taken to asking me if I have my keys before she will even close the door of my car, because I have locked the keys in the car more than one or two times. Before we leave to go somewhere she… Read More Having it all together is overrated
When I was younger, Lamentations was NOT my go-to book of the Bible, except for chapter 3:22, 23, the verses that must have inspired the old hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. All the negativity and lamenting and sadness and depression found in this book seemed so overwhelming, and since it has a lot of poetic… Read More Eat Dirt?
Not long ago I was chosen to sing the tenor voice in a duet to be performed with the choir at our church. My duet partner and I practiced our parts separately, each with our own CD, for weeks before we arranged to practice together. On the evening that we met to practice, we decided… Read More The Lord is my “Chauffeur”?
Fire! Did that get your attention? No? I’ll try a little louder. Fire!! Did you hear me this time? This is the problem I was having in a dream I had last night. The small house we were staying in was on fire. We had called 911, and everyone was leaving the house. Then I… Read More What to do when There’s Danger
When my first husband left me and the kids on the mission field, I was devastated. I totally did not see it coming. It was a shock. I felt like I was less than worthless. I was far from home, far from family, alone, but not really alone. I had God. I had my kids.… Read More Secrets of Tomorrow
Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day in America. This morning I was having mixed feelings about it. I was out in the garden pulling weeds. It was nice and quiet at first, with shade from a nearby tree making it pleasant, even though the thermometer said it was 88º F already… Read More Climate Change for the Soul
I remember as a child waking up one night with the poison ivy on my leg itching like crazy! I crept quietly through the dark to the medicine cabinet where I knew I would find the poison ivy aerosol spray. Still in the dark, I grabbed it and began spraying it on the poison ivy. … Read More Turn on the Light! Mistakes made in the dark
It’s spring! And I’m glad. But suddenly there is so much to do! My husband and I tilled the garden, which, my muscles kicked back the next day, so I didn’t get it planted. Then it began to rain. And rain. And rain. Our region has been hit with flooding. And we personally had three… Read More When Life Overwhelms You
I was thinking about some very difficult trials that I went through about 25 years ago. A short time after my first husband left, suddenly, with maybe a couple of days notice, I was praying fervently using some verses from the Psalms. My prayer from the depths of my heart went something like this: Lord,… Read More A Different Miracle