When my kids were little, we used to spend quite a bit of time watching an animated show called Veggie Tales. In one of the stories, Madame Blueberry learns from a little girl that: “A thankful heart is a happy heart. I’m glad for what I have, that’s an easy place to start.” I can… Read More Gratefulness Brings Joy
We put our faith in natural things every day without even realizing it. Like how we expect the door to stay shut when we shut it, until one day it just doesn’t stay shut. Or like how we expect our car to start, until one day when it doesn’t and we can’t get it fixed… Read More How to Overcome Fear – Part 1
It’s so dark. It’s so dank. The air is heavy, The atmosphere oppressive in this grotto, The dungeon of despair, And of hopelessness. I have some friends down there. They sit on the filthy floor among many others in the gloom, Some hugging their knees, All of them with their backs against the cold, stone… Read More Rescue from the Dungeon of Despair
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
Have you ever gone somewhere and accidentally failed to lock the door, and when you came home, the door was wide open? What was your first thought? I’ve had that happen to me. I walked in cautiously, going from room to room, looking for some intruder who might have been hiding there with evil intent.… Read More On Locks and Keeping Out Intruders
Life is full of storms. Some of them are over quickly, while others seem to drag on forever. The Apostle Paul went through a lengthy storm on the Mediterranean Sea during which time those on the ship gradually gave up hope of their being saved. But God sent an angel to Paul and reassured him… Read More Hope in the Storm
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!
Lungs are made for breathing air. Astounding discovery, I know! Right? Well, last night I managed to breathe in some chocolate almond milk when I was taking my pills. It’s good stuff! But it wasn’t made to be breathed in. It was not meant to go into the windpipe or the lungs. The result was… Read More Breathing Chocolate Milk? The Lung/Soul Connection
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
It’s interesting to talk with others to find out which are their favorite Bible stories and why those are their favorites. I think the older I get, the more favorites I have, because something in each one touches something deep in my heart and causes me to relate to one or more of the people… Read More Five Favorite Bible Stories
The sun shines every day. Sometimes the clouds come between us and the sun So we can no longer see it, But the sun is still shining! Sometimes cold winds blow and bring with them clouds full of Disagreeable and even dangerous precipitation, But the sun is still shining! Even as inches of snow fall… Read More Bask in the Sunshine of His Love