I think this year is the first time that I have seen a baby cardinal. We have had one this July that has learned to fly already. She would swoop up to the bird feeder like a pro, then just sit there and say, “Chip, chip, chip.” For those of you who are bird watchers,… Read More Lessons from a Baby Cardinal
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
The first time I remember hearing the old saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” I thought that was just SO sacrilegious! (I think I was about 20 at the time.) Because, anybody that has read their Bible through knows that THAT is not a verse in the Bible. But I have since then discovered that… Read More 5 Steps to Return to your First Love
We probably all have met someone in our lifetime that talks nonstop. As a mom, I am a part of the ranks of moms throughout the centuries who have had at least one child who loved to chatter nonstop. Recently, one of my children was having one of those very talkative days, and I was… Read More Do You Want to Hear Jesus?
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 was just thinking about my time serving God on the continent of Africa. It’s not that there were no trials there, nor that there was no spiritual warfare to engage in. But looking back, I have an overall memory of God surrounding us with His favor and protection. As a matter of fact, it… Read More Please Pray for Me
I once heard of a person who just could not understand God’s grace. And he is in good company. His religious beliefs were such that one had to try his hardest to be good, and hopefully his good works would outweigh his bad works in the judgment, and then God would let him into… Read More Difficulty Believing in God’s Grace?
This year I thought I had escaped the invasion of the ants. Other people were talking about how the ants were bad at their house this year, but our house only appeared to have a few stray scouts. Then I started noticing that a few scouts seemed to be consistently hanging around the bathroom sink.… Read More Sneaky Little Ants
Today I’m sharing two stories with a lesson. First, not too long ago my grandson wanted to help me dig in the garden when I was out pulling weeds. I was concerned that he might dig up the good plants, so I directed him to an end of the garden that I use more as… Read More Buried Treasure
I finally looked up the real name for a weed I have been dealing with in my garden for years. It’s called the honeyvine milkweed. But it’s existence in my garden has been anything but sweet to me. It has nothing to do with the milk and honey of the promised land. And here all… Read More That Annoying Sin Weed
Words are powerful tools. They can build up or tear down. They can paint a picture of a glorious sunrise or paint a picture of doom. Recently, Satan has been really trying to get at me through the negative, cutting, falsely accusing, slanderous words of certain individuals. And sometimes, I admit, he has been quite… Read More Power of Words