Use What You Have: God Will Do the Rest

"No I can't do it!" Have you ever said that to the Lord? I have, and convinced I couldn't, decided it would be fool-hardy to even try. Until the Lord showed me that little becomes much in his hands.  Large crowds often followed the Lord. And that day, after crossing Lake Galilee, was no different. He had... Continue Reading →

The Samaritan Woman on Your Doorstep

Darkness and despair emanated from her eyes, sounding the cry for help her lips could not utter. But when I'd invited her, "Come for coffee. It's not good to stay alone," I had no idea I was inviting HER. And even less did I realize she was taboo. Not to associate with. No, I didn't know. I'd... Continue Reading →

I Do Not Like That Proverbs Woman

I don't much like her (I must confess). That virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. She's the one who does all things well and never does wrong. I'm sure she coined the term busy as a bee, and made coffee breaks and take-out pizza tabu. Considered it sinful to sleep once the sun was up. Never gossiped or was... Continue Reading →

Parents Be Careful What You Allow

John Wesley said, "What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace." He was referring to sin. And we see this played out in history repeatedly. But I'd like to look at it from a different angle. Kids continually listen, watch, and mimic us adults. And they often follow the examples they've been shown. Kids from violent... Continue Reading →

Through the Eyes of a Child

"Why don't they want him to sing Nonna (Grandma)?" my 6-year old grandson wondered. "He sings good." He just couldn't understand why during the Rafe Hollister Sings espisode of the Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry's mayor and a leading citizen (Mrs. Jeffrie) didn't want Mr. Hollister to represent their town at a musical event.  "Yea," added his 4-year... Continue Reading →

A Lesson From the Birds

With his tiny feet resting lightly on the snow's surface, he reminded me of the Father's loving care. I love birds, and felt so bad for that brave little guy. Pecking at the plants growing in the roof eaves, the only things not buried by snow.  "Don't worry, I care for the birds," a gentle whisper... Continue Reading →

God’s Key to Success

No tree has to stand in the orchard shouting, "Look at my fruit!" It doesn't have to, because fruit speaks for itself. Filled with a certain greatness, Psalm 1 calls us upward to live in such a way that we will be like that solid tree, drawing sustenance from the stream — and succeeding in... Continue Reading →

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