The Power of Contentment
on April 21st, 2021
“The Power of Contentment”April 2021It was overheard in an office recently, “We’re happy with what we have.”The occasion was actually an administrator responding to a pushy salesperson, but the words lingered in the air. How refreshing to hear someone say they were happy with what they have!Proverbs 19:23 tells us, “The fear of the Lord leads to life:Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”T...
on March 11th, 2021
Life Lessons from the movie "Groundhog Day"February 10, 2021There's something very fitting about watching the classic movie "Groundhog Day," on ...Groundhog Day, February 2, every year. In case you don't know, this movie was made in1993, and stars Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray plays Phil Connors, a cynical television weatherman covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, P...
No Fear Here!
on January 25th, 2021
No Fear Here! January 2021 Blog“5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper.She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn't want to go in alone. "It's dark in there and I'm scared." She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, "It's OK--Jesus will be in there with you."Johnny walked ...
What's in a Name?
on December 7th, 2020
“What’s In A Name?” December 2020People go to great lengths to choose the “perfect” name for their baby.They consider family names. They look through Biblical names. They get bombarded with suggestions from everyone with whom they’re in contact. They buy baby name books, and search online. Finally, the name is chosen, the baby is born, ...
What can we learn from the Amish?
on October 20th, 2020
What can we learn from the Amish?On a recent trip to lovely Lancaster County, Pa., there was an opportunity to take an Amish tour, and learn more about this remarkable group of people. Most people know the Amish choose to live differently from the non-Amish people around them. If you're not Amish, by the way, you're considered "English". The Ami...
Overcome Division With Love
on October 20th, 2020
God's Love Brings UnityOn Wednesday night, October 7, 2020, vice presidential candidates, Vice President Mike Pence and Kamala Harris had a televised debate.For the final question of the debate, the moderator read a question posed by Brooklyn Brown, an eighth grader at Springville Junior High in Springville, Utah. Here's what she wrote:"When...
We Can Certainly Do It
on August 31st, 2020
Our mindsets are more important than we realize.The Bible addresses this when we’re told to “take captive every thought” to Christ.”(2 Corinthians 10:5)And, “think on these things…” (Philippians 3:8)“These things,” by the way, are: whatever is True, Noble, Just, Lovely, Pure, of Good Report,Virtuous, and Praiseworthy.” A pneumonic device I’ve long employed to remember this important verse is: TNJ ...
Have You Ever Thought of Yourself as a Letter?
on July 1st, 2020
Have you ever thought of yourself as a Letter? June 2020Have you ever thought of yourself as a letter?Did you know that people are reading you, everyday?And we’re not talking about “reading your mail,” as some like to refer to regarding your emotional status. We’re talking about how you show you are a letter from Christ.In 2 Corinthians Paul was dealing with problems that ha...
Living like a ...Spider!
on May 26th, 2020
Living like a … Spider! May 2020 One of the benefits of the covid-19 sheltering-in-place mandate is taking more time to notice people and things around you. Some call that being fully present.Recently one morning I was astounded to notice a lovely brown (hunstman, or wood) spider outside, shimmering in th...
on April 17th, 2020
As I write this, we are still following guidelines of " sheltering in place", "social isolation", and keeping six feet away from anyone when we are around others. (Less than 10 people, please.)It's a strange time. We are beginning to "flatten the curve", we hope. It's been a month since the worldwide covid-19 pandemic was declared, and restrictive regulations were ins...
It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times ...
on March 26th, 2020
Charles Dickens begins his classic book, A Tale of Two Cities, with these opening words: " It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."These words seem applicable to our time as well.Right now we are a full two weeks into the worldwide declared coronavirus, or covid-19 pandemic. Right now, we are attempting to "flatten the curve" by maintaining "social distancing" of six feet or more; ...
If God is All You Have ...
on March 23rd, 2020
The patient had been stripped of everything but the thin, barely concealing, faded, worn print gown. She was lying on a thin stretcher, with locked wheels and cold metal sidebars in place.Her personal clothing had been removed. Her jewelry was gone. And so was her purse. There was no backpack. No bags, no book, no phone, no electronics of a...