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Posts Categorized: Inspirational

Fun with Pretzels

While I’m a firm believer in God’s mercy, when it comes to school projects, I think I may be cursed. Last Thursday at fifth-grade Open House, my son Matthew showed off his state report on Kentucky. While enjoying the kids’ artwork, I noticed a handful of Big Projects – you know the kind with plywood… Read more »

Peaches

Grandpa laughed at his own jokes. Rather than weakening stories, Fred Stewart’s laughter strengthened them. He’d tell jokes in his straight-backed chair, arms folded, and his shoulders shook with laughter. Old jokes. Corny jokes. But he told them so well, I laughed too, even when I was a too-sophisticated college student. Grandpa was a World… Read more »

Arrogant, Overfed, and Unconcerned

Has the Lord ever given you the same message from different sources? It gives you goose bumps, doesn’t it? When God repeats something, it must be important. My women’s Bible study has been studying “The Organic God,” a refreshing, powerful book by Margaret Feinberg. No, this is not about a tofu-eating, Birkenstock-clad Jesus, but about… Read more »

Mucking Out

The plastic bag held something white and lumpy. The label said “ground beef.” Today my new refrigerator was delivered, but first I had to muck out the old one. Unpleasant finds included the freezer-burnt beef, moldy leftovers, and liquified veggies. They were once fresh and tasty and healthful, but I shoved them to the back,… Read more »

Stealing Home

My ten-year-old son, Matthew, slid into third base. The ball arched high over the head of the third-baseman. Matthew scrambled to his feet and took off for home, legs and arms pumping hard. In one smooth move, he dropped into another slide and planted his foot on home plate right before the ball thumped into… Read more »

Jamming in the Kitchen

Today I’m making strawberry jam. The kitchen is too warm, I have a reverse French manicure (red tips, anyone?), but the house smells wonderful. Why do I do this each year? Strawberry in the spring, blackberry and plum in the summer. I figure it saves me a whopping hundred dollars a year. Woo hoo. To… Read more »

He Is Risen!

What can I write about Easter that hasn’t been written before? Every year we come to the cross, where we flinch at the nails our sins drove into the hands that reach out to us. We cringe at the angry stripes on the back that bears our burdens. We grieve the pain in the eyes… Read more »

Looking Back

Our sixteen-year-old son, Stephen, is learning how to drive. Yes, that’s hyperventilation you’re hearing. He’s doing a great job – far more calm and confident behind the wheel than I was at that age. Lane changes are his weakness. Like all new drivers, he has a tendency to turn his body when he looks back… Read more »

How to Carry a Water Bottle and Other Life Lessons

They say never to pray for patience or the Lord will give you trials to build your patience. Well, I prayed for humility, and the Lord gave me a teenage daughter. My lovely daughter, Anna, has the insight and wisdom of thirteen long years. If it weren’t for her, I’d never have known the correct… Read more »

Welcome to My Blog

Today I’m gingerly sticking my toes into the online ocean as my website comes up and I start my blog. How do you come up with a topic for a first blog? Well, if you’re like me, you procrastinate and do something else. So I picked up my Sunday school lesson to write the devotion… Read more »