May 16, 2020

When my body aches, I seek relief. When my stomach senses emptiness, I eat. When anxiety looms, I silence my thoughts. 

Little frustrations tick me off. Disappointments get me down. Most of my prayers center on comfort. 

Today I am stopped by the words of a certain godly man. My spirit squirms. I sense a lack of spiritual depth that Christ...

April 10, 2020

I want to share a little story from when we vacationed near Traverse City a few years ago. First, a few thoughts about hope.  

We hear a lot about hope these days (and anxiety, worry, isolation on the flip side). Yet hope seems in as short supply as toilet tissue on the grocers’ shelves.  

This Sunday is Easter and the Easte...

March 31, 2020

Uninvited guests. Guests that stay too long, are too controlling, are too expensive. That suck the energy from our being and the joy from our hearts. That plague us to the breaking point. 

“Guests” may be too polite a term. “Intruders,” “usurpers,” even “cannibals” are more accurate. 

These “guests” take many forms. Some hideous. Some beau...

March 12, 2020

She spun a carefully crafted web of deception. Not to swindle us out of retirement funds or to harm us. 

She was probably in her late 20s, unattractive, overweight, and of limited means. But she was a faithful member of our church, attending every service and each event--except for Valentine’s Day banquets. 

She loved caring for the little...

February 14, 2020

It was about 1980. On February 14, I had an appointment with my rheumatologist, Dr. Valentine (yes, really!). to monitor the rheumatoid arthritis that I'd had for nearly ten years. These appointments often left me discouraged at the reminder of the seriousness of my disease. 

That day, as I returned home, discouraged, I found a long, whit...

December 31, 2019

With one wrong step, Anne fell on a wet patch on the floor. Her life was forever changed even after her shattered kneecap healed well enough for her walk again. 

Just days after their eight-year-old daughter became ill, Tina and Rob’s only child died over the Christmas holidays. 

Greg was in shock. Parkinson’s disease? In that moment, his...

December 12, 2019

Sometimes even within the ordinariness of life and the challenges of living in a fallen world—just sometimes—we get a glimpse of something more. Deeper, more lasting, more satisfying, deeply touching the soul. 

Read this story that birthed a song. Then listen to the song

It begins with a difficult circumstance, a narrow-gauge train, and...

November 7, 2019

God has not forgotten you ...  

Though life may have taken you far from where you intended to go.

Though the challenges that surround you seem so high and impenetrable that you can’t see a way out. 

Though stresses sometimes seem they will break you beyond repair. 

On top of it all, the enemy throws multitudes of fiery darts—thoughts to disc...

September 7, 2019

New books. A new school year. 

I can still see it. New workbooks and textbooks lined the shelves. Math, science, history, English, and others. Full of possibilities. 

During the summer months I planned. I divided the number of lessons by the weeks we would homeschool. It came down to sticking to the plan as much as possible. 

Still, when I...

August 8, 2019

Remember that eye-catching invitation you received? Everything was beautifully designed, from the color scheme and text placement to the selection of a coordinating postage stamp. From the moment you opened the it, you anticipated attending. 

Last week, I received an invitation. In fact, I received several. 

However, there were no appealin...

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