A Precious Gem

Heartache happens. It happens to all. It’s always inconvenient. It’s often unfair, or seemingly so. It can be crippling for a time. Heartache has a salve. That salve is a precious gem, a rare find that comes only through walking ever so closely with the One in Whom all things…

Legacy Leaver

May 25th would have been her 95th birthday. Happy birthday, Mom. I think often of her final days in palliative care. I remember being bedside, holding her hand, and feeling her breath on my face. I cherished that closeness, knowing it was a privilege for which I would one day…

Happy Lord’s Day!

Frankly, the miracle took us both by surprise. It shouldn’t have, since we had both walked with the Lord for nearly 13 years. We knew His compassion and capabilities. But we had prepared our hearts for the worse-case scenario, a protective mode of course. After all, our desires don’t always…

Not Alone

Resurrection Sunday. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this day in terms of worship. Without it, Christmas – the celebration of Jesus’ birth – bears little meaning and absolutely no hope. For believers, Jesus’ death and resurrection are the game changers. And rejoicing with others whose lives have been redeemed…

Holiday Fusion

As a child, Christmases on our Nebraska farm were meager in terms of gift giving. One year my gift was a pillow, and I was thrilled! Sometimes that special box contained a pair of socks. But Christmases were always rich in love and a special sort of magic. The magic…

Blessing Delayed…Perfectly

We don’t wait well. Waiting does not fit neatly within mankind’s nature. As our society becomes more and more technically advanced, waiting seems almost intolerable. We want faster internet, door-to-door delivery (overnight, please), and every annoyance resolved within our set and acceptable timelines. Time can be our enemy. By focusing…

Singing in the Rain

I recently noticed several Facebook posts announcing that certain website users, friends of mine, are bailing out, leaving the site, because of the vitriol – angry and divisive posts – regarding the current Supreme Court Justice debacle. I totally understand. I have not watched the news for weeks. The other…

Becoming Mary

 By nature, I’m a Martha. You know the story, right? Jesus visits the home of sisters Martha and Mary. Mary sits at the feet of Jesus and listens as He speaks while Martha busies herself with the tasks of hosting and grows frustrated that her sister is not helping. Expressing…

Identity

Do you like “Long Lost Family”? It is one of my favorite television shows. The show documents the search for birth parents by individuals given up for adoption thirty, forty, maybe fifty years earlier. Sometimes it’s the birth parents who are searching for their offspring, having had to make that…

Doubters

All of us were doubters at one point. Our paths to faith are varied, yet all were directed by our sovereign Lord. Some of us are natural skeptics. I know I am. I felt right at home when I lived in the “Show-Me State” for 13 years. I rarely believe…
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