Getting the advantage in a fight

What battles are you facing? At last count I know of FIVE in my immediate family. They are of a varied sort, ranging from health struggles to work situations. And as I have been thinking about them and praying, I’ve just found myself exhausted. This morning I...

This or that?

Real world story.   A friend messaged me this morning after reading my Facebook post yesterday about being discouraged. She was confused about her calling. Should she do one artistic pursuit that gave her joy? Or another that she was now struggling with? And she...

It’s the right thing to do

“It’s the right thing to do.”   I grew up hearing those words from my parents, who were born into what would be called The Greatest Generation. They made do and helped neighbors during the Great Depression. They fought heroically during World War II...

Finding God’s fingerprints all over your life

Have you sensed God’s fingerprints on your life? Those unexplainable circumstances that weave who you are with where you’ve been? We see God’s fingerprints all over the story of the Shunnamite woman. Watch the pieces unfold in 2 Kings, first in...

If you plant it, you will grow

Last fall I wrote about how I had planted 275 bulbs–mostly daffodils and tulips. I have never done well with growing flowers. Years ago I planted 42 rose bushes in my back yard; I’d hoped they would grow into a hedge to frame the outer edges of the yard....

It’s all relative

For years my mom has been saying, “Janet, how did I get to be so old?” I get it now. Yesterday at 10:30 a.m. she called me and said, “I’m celebrating the fact that at this moment I’ve been a mother for 70 years.” Somehow that backhanded blessing was easier to hear...