Good Twists and Bad Turns

This is just how life is- no one gets out of this world without twists and turns.  We can all attest that many good twists and bad turns have occurred in our life stories.  Some twists are so good that we can jump for joy, but some turns seem to generate tremendous disappointment, hurt, and sorrow. 

Overwhelmed

Ezekiel 3:15…I was overwhelmed and sat among them for seven days. Have you ever been so overwhelmed with life that all you can do is sit in stunned silence, wondering what in the world just happened?  I doubt anyone gets through life without experiencing this kind of emotional pain at least once.   Some years ago, myContinue reading “Overwhelmed”

A Half-Baked Cake

 The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake.  Hosea 7:8 When Tom and I were first married, creating delicious meals was not part of my repetoire.  I can’t even remember ever making a meal before I was married.  I had to jump in quickly and learn how to maneuver aroundContinue reading “A Half-Baked Cake”

ALL-IN- Season 1-Episode 9

Nuggets of Truth Podcast Click here to listen to the Nuggets of Truth Podcast! In this episode:            In today’s episode, we are chatting about what it looks like to be ALL-IN as a Christian.  Not one toe in, not half in, but ALL-IN. Is this even possible? Paul seemed to think so when he wroteContinue reading “ALL-IN- Season 1-Episode 9”

Generous Forgiveness!

In many parts of the world, open-air markets are still the primary way grain is sold.  An honest and generous merchant will take a basket, pour some grain into it, and press it down to make room for more.  He will shake the basket from side to side to help all the tiny grains fill in any air pockets.  And, then he will press it down some more, adding grain as he goes. 

Shimei the Stone Thrower- Part 1

Scripture tells us we have an enemy that wants to zap our strength and make us weary.  Often, the enemy can sling one small but insightful word at the perfect time.  One that he sends our way at just the right moment: you are stupid, ugly, a failure, fat, not a Christian, no good, ignorant, a fake, etcetera, and then we take over from there.

Pickpockets

The first few weeks living in Paris were so cold, but it was January, after all. Even the heat could not keep up with the freezing temperatures outside. I was so thankful for my new friend. I had never met Carrie in person, but we had been communicating by email for several months. Carrie had offered to take me around Paris; what a blessing was. She took me on the metro and showed me “the ropes” by giving me lessons on reading the metro maps and buying tickets, and then she warned me about pickpockets.

A Bible Study Podcast Invitation

As a mother and daughter team, Rebekah and I are so excited to be hosting a new podcast, Nuggets of Truth.After team-teaching a Bible study together a few years ago, we have been turning over in our heads (and praying about) the idea of doing a weekly podcast.

The Power in a Name

I had the pleasure of teaching in the public high school my children attended. Being in the same school had many positives, and maybe my kiddos would say there were a few negatives, too. One positive for my kids was that they had an advocate whose name carried some weight, particularly when they were late for class. They knew that their teacher would not question a hall pass signed by me. When they were late for some reason, they would make their way to my classroom and ask for a hall-pass. Being their mom made me want to have mercy on them. It didn’t take long for their friends to come asking for hall passes signed by me, too. I never had a teacher question a hall pass with my name on it in all the years I taught. You see, my name on the pass held a specific power.