Jesus, Be the Center…

“You are in the exact center of the forest, and that doesn’t happen except once every hundred years.”  ~ Woldweller (The Search for Delicious) H and I went hiking this weekend.  This photograph was my first try at a panoramic view, and it really doesn’t do justice to the beauty of God’s creation, but it…

Little Moments #121-#150…

It’s the Little Things #121: A full week without any kind of standardized testing! #122: People who embrace your uniqueness! Fred Rogers got it right: You are my friend. You are special. You are my friend. You’re special to me. You are the ONLY ONE LIKE YOU. Like you, my friend, I like you. #123:…

Little Moments #91-120…

It’s the Little Things #91: Four closets and two dressers cleaned out…10 bags taken to Goodwill. #92:  One of my husband’s students came to church today to hear my husband’s message. #93: Chatting with a young couple after church, and finding out we share the same questions about what our ministries should be. I am…

Have You Lost All Hope?…

1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for…

5 Myths About Serving…

John 13:12-14 (ESV) 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash…

What My Dog Taught Me About Obedience…

Our dog Abbie has been trained to follow certain commands; sit, down, stand, mat, wait, stay, etc. While we eat, she either eats her food or waits on her mat until we are finished. Last week, she decided to pester my husband while he was eating. He stood up and told her to sit. She…

Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side…

H has a severe case of lawn envy.  Picture this:  meticulously groomed, lush green lawns on both sides of the street, not a single blade of grass out-of-place or a leaf in sight, and then you come to our house… How shall I say this:  our lawn has that ‘lived on’ look.  I totally get…

Little Moments (March)…

It’s the Little Things #61: Loving the beautiful snow showers today. They bring back wonderful memories of my childhood in Marion, Indiana. #62: Yesterday, trusting the weatherman enough to put my boots in the car. I am so glad I did.     #63: Finding this note on my desk after lunch. Reasons we (heart)…

Little Moments (February)…

It’s the Little Things #32: Looking at a problem or situation from a different point of view. #33: My husband had a crucial meeting yesterday, and he wanted to hear about my day (meetings) first. #34: When I am frustrated or trying to process something that has happened, instead of automatically rushing in to ‘fix’…

Little Moments (January)…

This list was started January 1 of 2016 as a way to offer encouragement to others and to focus on a heart of gratitude in the mundaneness of life and other times, in the little special moments that only happen randomly.  Some people have requested that I ‘publish’ them in one place.  This is the…

Grace to You & Peace from God…

Our lives are getting busier and busier each day.  We have errands to run, children that need to be shuttled to various activities, and we work long hours.  Our minds become focused on the next scheduled item, losing awareness of people around us or how we interact with those people.  A couple of days ago…

I am the Vine…

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from…

He Calms the Sea…

“He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”  ~  Psalm 107:29 (ESV)

Worship…

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” ~ John 4:24 (ESV)