No New Year Resolutions for 2021

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought […]

Come Gather Around the Christmas Tree

Every year I pick a particular element of the Christmas story to focus on. This year I decided to focus on the Christmas tree for the month and found out it has been a highly controversial part of the Christmas celebration over the centuries. HERE is the title of one of my sources that sums […]

The Power of Stories

Last week I shared HERE about the powerful stories that can be told as ornaments are hung on our Christmas trees, serving somewhat like Jordan stones…When your children ask in time to come, ‘What does the stone mean to you?’ then we can tell them the story. (Jordan 4:1-3,6-7) As it turns out, positive stories […]

The significance of ornaments.

Each Christmas my children received a dated tree ornament that represented the year. Reasons varied, like a favorite movie, a milestone achievement, learning a new instrument or moving to a new home. Our tradition was to exchange ornaments on Christmas Eve after reading The Tale of Three Trees and the Christmas story from the bible. […]

God did not promise Dan a long life.

This week my teen-aged son entered my walk-in closet as I was doing some organizing. We were chatting about his day when suddenly he asked, “What is that?” I turned. “That is your Uncle Dan’s football jacket.” “Do you ever wear it?” “Yes, I put it on in the fall, especially in October. The anniversary […]

What do we do with our dreams?

I have been wrestling with God for a very long time about my dreams, and I will propose today that it’s okay to wrestle with God. Wrestling with God looks very different than fighting with God.  Wrestling features two individuals entwined in battle and both walk away at the end. Fighting involves two bloodied individuals […]

A little bit about myself…

I have noticed some new blog subscribers and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to my expanding audience. A warm welcome to each of you! I have lived in Georgia for over 25 years, but my roots were in rural Pennsylvania. One evening at the age of twelve, while sitting under the stars […]

Keeping the Good and Adding More

Something amazing happened in my city over the new year. Did you hear? God packed out the Mercedes-Benz stadium with 65,000 college students for the Passion Conference 2020 SOLD OUT event. The talks are no longer available online, but the event was epic in size and eternal impact, for sure! Some years I have been […]

God Broke My Leg When Dan Died

This week I ran across these verses about God choosing King David to rule His people. King David started out life as a shepherd boy. He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants–God’s own people, Israel. He cared for them with a true heart and led […]

The Glad and Sad of Mother’s Day

Before I got out of bed this past Thursday, I smiled toward heaven and prayed, “Good morning, Lord. I look forward to living the day! I have never lived May 9 before!” Then I stepped out of bed onto a wad of gum that adhered to the ball of my foot with super-glue grip. Only […]