Write the Word Peace

        “Stand firm then… with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6: 14-15       What comes to mind when you hear the word PEACE? A throwback to the sixties: A deserted beach sunset: A majestic view from a mountain top: Maybe for you, peace isn’t a symbol or a place, but just the absence of conflict. It’s a family reunion – or a church business meeting – where we “all just get along”… making it through dinner with no one spilling their milk … or perhaps it’s as simple as a clear …

God of Comfort

    God is the ultimate Comforter. No matter what we face in this life, He fully understands. Isn’t that a comfort in and of itself? In a world where we feel so misunderstood, the God of the Universe understands us, in and out, through and through. When my firstborn, eighteen-year-old, son passed away in a car accident, I was beyond desperate to find anyone who could understand my pain. Thankfully, some caring mutual friends linked me up with some other mammas who were walking out the unimaginable journey of child loss. God had comforted these woman, just as He …

Wisdom: What We Can Expect

Averages and Expectations. I read that the average washing machine will perform 5,100 cycles before biting the dust. The average length of a mystery novel is 70,000 words. The average person speaks 138 words a minute. The average toddler sleeps ten hours a night. And the average passenger 747 airplane is retired after 27 years of service. For researchers, these tidbits of information are important. If a product or service is being offered, averages provide a guideline of what a consumer can expect. I’m usually on the consuming end, so I’m more about the expectations. I want the life of …

You Can Fly

When I was a little girl I thought I could fly. Seriously. I’d stand on the couch and jump and in my youthful imagination I’d sweep around the living room through the air and back to the couch. It was pretty exhilarating and gave me a sense of oh so much freedom. Eventually I quit “flying”. I got older and attributed that ability to fly to my imagination. Oh beloved, God reminds me of youthful flying this morning because He wants you to know your abilities in Christ including flying! Soaring in the Spirit is your birthright as a born …

Don’t Let Your Peace Be Disturbed

We roomed during the conference with some very good friends at a local motel. The accommodations were great and very quiet, all except for the last night. Homecoming meant teenagers had a room next to us. Since they were so very loud we made two calls to the front desk. At the second call the night manager said to us “Yes ma’am we are aware of the situation and officers are here. Please be patient we are taking care of it.” The officer is taking care of it. We could have knocked on the neighbors door and complained in person. …

Cow Cuddling?

I can’t believe this, but here it is. A New York farm is offering a 60-minute cow cuddling session for $75. They are also offering a full Cow and Horse Experience, which allows the customer to pet, brush and play with both cows and horses coming in at $300 for 90-minutes. With the price of cattle being so low right now, it certainly would be a lucrative proposition for the right farmer. While I agree that the idyllic scene of farm life is relaxing and all, it is amazing the price that we humans are willing to pay to attempt …

Distinct Hope

  Death is a word with an extremely negative connotation, but does it have to be? Not really.  If we are saved, death means that we will be with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5: 8).  While the thought of separating from my family is heart-wrenching, being able to talk and walk with Jesus, our Savior, sounds amazing. While we may not fear death for ourselves, we still experience it through the loss of those around us.  I’ve lost grandparents, but they didn’t live close by, so I’ve not known loss like many others around me.  But when I’ve had to watch …

Work After Retirement

I found only one reference to retirement in scripture, and that was in Numbers about Levites’ requirement to be involved in active service and it applied to men age fifty years and upward: they should come to duty in service of tent meetings. And at the age of fifty years they should withdraw from the service of tent meeting. to serve in less important jobs such as guards. Hope I understood this passage correctly, but you may want to read it in your Bible. If so, read Numbers 8: 23-26. It is a bit difficult to understand retirement being set at fifty years of age when many men lived to be old during Old Testament times. However, this requirement …

A Rough Patch?

It was just going to be a simple fix up downstairs in our open living area and kitchen. We looked at lots of flooring but there was that idea that we could just have the floors stained since we’re on a slab. That was a great idea. Until we began to pull up the flooring in the kitchen area. What we found was a rough patch of concrete that was flaking off. Because of this small area of trouble we would have to completely skim coat the entire downstairs area – over a thousand square feet. We went back to …

For the Road Ahead

Although we’ve taken a few trips, there are special trips we’ve planned for many years. One of these days we’re going to know it’s time and head out. Planning is essential. When you’re on a trip you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. You also need to know what sights you want to see along the way. Without planning it is easy to get mixed up and focus on the things you really didn’t intend to do. Many sights along the way easily become distractions. Distractions steal time, money, focus and joy. We …

Running Everywhere?

I made a quick run to the mega mart last night after 9 pm. I’m not one to get out at night especially when it’s cold. But two things were needed and I made the offer to fetch them. First I searched for another item in case they had it. No luck. The items I did get were at opposite ends of the huge building so I ran all over the place to get them. I’m the first to admit that when I find myself in need, I often run all over the place trying to find the peace, comfort, …

Prized Possession

    Prized Possession     We went to Danny’s first outpatient rehab after we got home. They had many questions for him. We had questions for them too. After all Danny is a prized treasure to me. I have only his best interests in mind. Peace love and quiet are what he needs now. Along with rehab therapists who care about the patient and will take an active interest in their recovery. We were blessed and excited to find out that we had chosen a place where one on one therapy and excellent state of the art equipment would …