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.

When the Shadows Shift

We live out on some land and so at night it gets to be what we call “country dark”- no street lights, no significant light coming from the closest neighbors- just complete darkness. The only nights we have good light are those of a full or harvest moon. And because it’s so dark, if you have to venture outside to close up the chicken coop or really for any other reason, any bit of light is a profound blessing.

Get OFF the Roof!

“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From theContinue reading “Get OFF the Roof!”

A Zoom Bible Study Invitation

Click here to learn more about the upcoming study! Pandemic- just saying the word invokes fear, uncertainly, and distress. It is a bit ironic that my book, Pack Your Baggage, Honey, We’re Moving to Paris! was released during a pandemic! A book about baggage, which for me involved FEAR! I don’t know about you, butContinue reading “A Zoom Bible Study Invitation”

Strength for the In-Between

22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 25 The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who searchContinue reading “Strength for the In-Between”

A Divine Predicament

 “Watch for the storms of God.  The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms.” Oswald Chambers Exo 14:2-4 NLT “Order the Israelites to turn back and camp by Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. Camp there along the shore, across from Baal-zephon. Then Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are confused. TheyContinue reading “A Divine Predicament”

Rolled Away!

“Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3 NLT)  Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Corrie Ten Boom I have been thinking lately about what some of the disciples gave up to follow Jesus.  Peter and his brother gave up a fishing business,Continue reading “Rolled Away!”

The Cake-Walk

“They must not live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me. If you serve their gods, you will be caught in the trap of idolatry.” Exodus 23:33 NLT One of my favorite restaurants here in my hometown is the Brick Street. My husband calls it, Chick Street because it tendsContinue reading “The Cake-Walk”