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. 

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.  

ALL-IN- Season 1-Episode 9

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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. 

Life on Mundane Lane

Perhaps, if you are like me, you have had some “jobs” that have felt so interesting you loved them and others you wondered if you would survive the monotony of them.  Sometimes we find ourselves just plodding along doing the same tasks over and over, forgetting the eternal significance of our lives, but God’s Word reminds us that no matter our work, we can do the smallest task for Him.  

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.

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.