During the first couple of months of the shelter-in-place directive, I found my heart stirred by the magnitude of people who were out of work and how that would affect them and their families. I also became aware of people I knew who had become ill with COVID-19, and concern rose up in my heart… Read More Day 236- Thankful God helps us notice the needy
Yesterday I had a very interesting experience. I had gone out to get groceries and was on my way home when I saw a woman standing at the bus stop in front of a convenience shop. She had suitcases and some other stuff with her, and I wondered if she was traveling or homeless and… Read More Day 181- Thankful that Jesus sets us free!
Have you ever noticed how much harder it is to see to drive at night when it is raining or snowing? Any lights that are a little too bright hit the moisture and spread out. When I took driver’s education, a long time ago, we learned that you are supposed to dim your bright lights… Read More Day 89 – Thankful for those who show God’s light lovingly
Lord, I thank You that You bring us good news! You are the God of good news for You are good! You are the One who makes all things to work together for good to those who love You, and You use the trials and difficulties of our lives to make us more like Jesus!… Read More Worship with me #66
Jesus wants His children to effect change in our world for the better. Yesterday I asked you for ideas on how to do that. Today, I’d like to explore this a bit more. But first I’d like to clarify the difference between certain vocabulary of Scripture and the vocabulary that we commonly hear: In the common… Read More Change the World, Part 2
Many of us have been privy to a conversation where a child insulted someone and was scolded, “Now Johnny, that was not very kind…” And, of course, if someone does something mean, we would call that action unkind. But are inconsiderate, mischievous, and hateful actions and words the only ways of being unkind? What is… Read More The Opposite of Kindness
The power of love overcomes class barriers, and both the one showing love and the one being loved are the happier for it.… Read More On “Pride and Prejudice”
Thank You, Lord, that You understand our suffering and our grief, for You also suffered greatly, and You can sympathize with our pain and heartache.… Read More Worship with me #32
A few weeks ago I started participating in a Bible study on Biblical hospitality. The book is by an author that I have not read yet, Jen Schmidt, and I am enjoying it very much! Before starting this study, I had been concerned that maybe I was being disobedient to God’s call for us to… Read More Hospitality the Jesus Way
Today, please Lord, Let me not be Like sour milk That ruins a Good cup of tea; No matter How much Sugar I add The tea still tastes Really bad. But rather let Me be like You Saying and Doing like You want me to. May Your sweetness Overflow So Your goodness My life will… Read More No to Sour Milk
Hi! I’ve taken a two-week break from posting these, but I’m back again! Please join me in praying this prayer of thanksgiving and praise to our God! In the morning, O Lord, I will lift up my voice to You! And in the afternoon, and in the evening, and at night…. I praise You, Lord,… Read More Worship with me # 21
Today an old, unwelcome acquaintance came to visit and brought along some of his unwelcome buddies. I’m going to call them self-pity, hurt feelings, rejection, lies, slow burn, unforgiveness, blindness, and unthankfulness. They all ganged up on me after I spent some time with a large group of people, most of whom made me feel… Read More Overcoming self-pity, hurt feelings, and rejection
Almost a month ago, before things got super busy, and before I started memorizing the book of John, I started this post on the encouragement found in 2 Samuel 22:36b The NASB just says, “Your help makes me great,” which is already an inspiring thought! A few other translations say, “You stoop down to make… Read More Gentle Jesus
Hello, friends! Welcome to another week of Worship with me! I invite you again today to join me in this prayer of praise to our God! Thank you, Lord, that You place great worth on us! Sometimes we think that because we have sinned and don’t deserve Your mercy and grace, we must not be… Read More Worship with me #16
Jesus’ plan all along was to suffer as a substitutionary sacrifice to satisfy the legal demands of God’s justice in order to offer us pardon. His costly gift deserves our willing devotion to Him.… Read More Christ’s Willing, Loving Sacrifice
When I was younger, I had a really hard time understanding what holiness was. I knew God was Holy, Holy, Holy. And I knew that we were supposed to try to be holy. But I found all of that really confusing. Somehow, in trying to piece it all together, I got the idea that God… Read More What is Holiness?
In this new place I don’t know anyone. As I walk down the long hallway three ladies laugh. They look at me and are quiet, no hellos and no how are you doing? Their eyes just stare, smiling, through me a look that says I’ve interrupted something. I am an interruption. We all need… Read More How to be accepted
In my last post we left Jesus in the wilderness being ministered to by the angels. After this, we briefly see Him and His disciples at the river again, baptizing more disciples than John. And wouldn’t you know it? The Pharisees had a problem with that! Boy they sure did start on Him early! He… Read More Who Jesus Values – Sychar Lesson
I’ve started the new year doing a Bible reading plan by Lisa Appelo, #100dayswithChrist. The following are thoughts that came out of the first couple of days of reading. Who is that out in the hot, dry, rocky wilderness alone? Is that Jesus? He looks like he’s all alone. But He’s not really. He has… Read More Lessons from the Wilderness
I remember playing this game when I was a child. Did you ever play it? One person was “it”. She got to give the commands: “Red Light!” And everyone had to stop. “Green Light!” And everyone got to go again. The first person that reached the person who was “it” got to be “it”, and… Read More Red Light! Green Light!
Who is the real you? There’s the you that strangers see. Hopefully, if you are sincere and honest in how you behave in public, this is a part of the real you, the outer layer so to speak. Then there’s the you that your friends see. And depending on which friend you are spending time… Read More Layers of Real
Memories are connected to smells, both the good ones and bad ones. The smell of salt water near the ocean, The smell of a cool breeze after a hot summer day, The smell of an attic or basement, The smell of rain, The smell of pine at Christmas. Or, you open the door and take… Read More Smells Permeate
This year, I suffered 3+ months of a nightmare as far as my eyesight was concerned. My husband got a new vision insurance, so we went to a new place to get our vision needs met. The eye doctor there talked me into getting progressive lenses instead of the trifocals that I requested. He said… Read More Distorted Vision – Clear Vision
Mom, when will I lose my first tooth? Mom, everybody else has already lost their first tooth; why haven’t I? Are we there yet??? How many more days till my birthday party? I’m going to camp this summer; I can’t wait!! We have been in “wait training” since we were very young. It’s a difficult… Read More Wait training