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”

Two Lions

In 1941 a photograph was taken of Winston Churchill.  The picture is now famous and is entitled, The Roaring Lion.  The photographer portrayed Churchill’s essence beautifully.  He sat sternly and seemed to have a roar; this image captured all of that.  

F-E-A-R

I have been thinking lately about fear.  It seems to be all around- everywhere I look, I see it, and even at times it rises, in me.  And seeing all this fearfulness makes me sad.  Sad because I know it isn’t the way our heavenly father wanted this world to be.  In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul writes these important words to Timothy, For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

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.

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.