When many people hear the word “serve” they do not like to be the one who serves, but rather the one who is being served. I admit that there have been times in my life where I felt that way, even though I knew that this was not the way that Jesus called us to… Read More Day 166- Thankful to be able to serve God by serving others
Have you ever wondered why the saying goes, “Take time to smell the roses” instead of look at the roses? Try with me, won’t you, to think of some of your favorite smells. Doesn’t it just relax you, releasing the tension and maybe even bringing a smile to your face? I remember when I came… Read More Day 138- Thankful for Pleasant smells
A few days ago after I taught my little Spanish class, I decided to go for a walk at the park instead of going home. The temperature was warm enough that I only wore a quilted vest instead of a coat! Today we are supposed to get ice, so I’m happy to have been able… Read More Day 91 – Thankful for warm walks in the park (photos)
Did you ever think of a song as being a gift? I know sometimes we talk about a person having a musical gift, but what about the song itself? Is not the song a gift? And is it not a gift to be able to sing along, even if we aren’t particularly gifted at music?… Read More Day 14 – Gift of Song
I love this poem! I read it first in French. Then in the last few years I’ve seen it floating around in English as author “unknown”. For the record, it was published in French in 1920, almost 100 years ago by Raoul Follereau, “Le Livre d’amour” (1920). French author 1903-1977 ** So, instead of republishing… Read More A Smile Costs Nothing
Today my daughter and I are on the train, traveling across a lot of flat farm country on our way to visit my sister and her family and my mom and dad, who live with them now. We’ve had some delays, and right now are stopped by a field of corn. We’re going again! Yay!… Read More Train trip meditations
Hi! Welcome to Scripture Prayers #3! This is a new series that I plan on doing every Monday, so I hope you’ll join me here each week! Do you ever have those times when you just don’t know what to pray? Scriptures are full of prayers and promises from God that He wants us to… Read More Scripture Prayers #3
“How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!” 1 Kings 10:8 NIV “How blessed your men must be! How blessed these servants of yours must be because they are always stationed in front of you, listening to your wisdom!” 1 Kings 10:8 GW These… Read More Where to find true happiness
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”
A few weeks ago I finally went out to the apple tree in our back yard and picked and knocked down the rest of the apples. I had not been able to get to them because of the tyranny of the urgent that caring for my mom had brought in addition to all my other… Read More Rotten to the Core?
We usually think of where we live as being a physical place. However, sometimes we can be in that physical place, but our minds are a thousand miles away! We are bodily in that place, but our minds and emotions are in another place and even in another period of time! I think it’s safe… Read More Where Do I Dwell?
Head tilted forward, Black fedora hiding forehead, White-rimmed glasses With opaque yellow lenses Masking the eyes, Hiding the anima, Of the mannequin-faced persona Facing me here In this white, sterile place. Shadows behind her As she steps into the light, Her hand tips the fedora Like a salute As she strides toward me. Then she… Read More Masked Mortals Moved to Hope
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