Make Us Like Jesus

The first thing I do before I get up every morning is to look at my phone to see the weather. I thought it was going to rain this week but there are, instead, happy yellow suns all in a row on my phone.  As I look out from my window all I see are… Continue reading Make Us Like Jesus


The End

We don’t talk about ‘the end’ very much.  We’d rather talk about the beginning.  At first glance, we assume the best is always in ‘the beginning’ and that ‘the end’ brings bad news, but that isn’t always the case.  Many times, ‘the end’ can actually be good news. It all depends on your perspective in… Continue reading The End


I’m Feeling Wobbly

I love it when I find that someone else has used a fun word I often use like, ‘wobbly.’  My devotion, this morning, started out this way, “Trust Jesus and refuse to worry, for He is your strength and song. Are you feeling wobbly this morning…?” Why, yes, I am! I actually tweaked my back… Continue reading I’m Feeling Wobbly


It’s A Disaster

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.  Psalm 46:1-3 I feel quite sure that most of you, as I am, are thinking… Continue reading It’s A Disaster


The Battle is the Lord’s

I know I am not alone in the reality of the very real war Satan wages against us on a regular basis. I’ve always been afflicted by strong dreams that wake me at 3:00 am and shake me to my very core. Many times it is Saturday night, and tonight is no exception…these dreams actually… Continue reading The Battle is the Lord’s


Nobody’s Better Than Me

I was honored to be the storyteller for grades K-3 a few weeks ago in our children’s ministry. The story was taken from James 2:1-5. “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.  Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor… Continue reading Nobody’s Better Than Me

Inspirational · travel

The Open Road

I got back from my solo, nine-day road trip a day ago. As I traveled, I saw “back to school” everywhere.  Like many of you, I am always sad to see summer end.   I love summer and all it brings.  I grieve as I see it replaced by fall, and I reluctantly pry each finger… Continue reading The Open Road


Life Giving Words

As I have looked at Facebook I see everyone getting ready for the school year to start. It makes me want to remind parents, kids, and teachers to please be kind and loving.  Remember to treat others the way you want to be treated.  I wish adults could realize the impact every word has on… Continue reading Life Giving Words


Doing or Being

  My devotion began, today, saying, “ As God walked with His people through the generations, He progressively revealed His nature according to His purpose and the needs of His people.” I love thinking about this truth! He progressively reveals His nature. He does this for our generation too. He will reveal His true character… Continue reading Doing or Being


Bottle Rockets and Red Rubber Boots

reposting this 4th of July blog I wrote last year.



The same memory comes to mind when I reflect on the 4th of July. Every year was the same scene. Me standing at the screen door looking out watching my brother and all the other children enthralled in all kinds of fireworks. I finally would get coaxed to come outside when my brother promised a ceasefire. I would scrounge up all my nerve to come outside just to hold a sparkler. I would try to act like I was having fun while writing my name in the air. Truthfully, I was terrified and couldn’t wait to get back inside the house.

My brother, Mark, lived in a world of superheroes. Normally that wouldn’t be that much danger (except to his social life), but on the fourth of July, when I was 6 and he was 8, it was a bad combination. Our mom was frugal and wise. She only…

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