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Carols and the Christmas Season

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Articles | 1 comment

Carols and the Christmas Season

It’s less than three weeks until Christmas.  The shops and markets have had their decorations up for weeks, radio stations have been playing Christmas carols since before Thanksgiving. I love Christmas, but sometimes we get bombarded with too much too soon, and the fact that Christmas has been so commercialized and secularized makes it even harder to handle so early in the season. (more…)

The Cries of the Earth

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Articles | 2 comments

The Cries of the Earth

Thunder rumbles in the distance.  Lightening streaks across the sky.  The wind sweeps in, twisting the tree limbs, shaking the few remaining leaves to the ground. Within seconds, snow and sleet are pelting the windows.  It doesn’t take long for the ground to change from green to white.  Our first winter storm has blown in.  The calendar still says “fall,” but in Upstate New York, winter has begun. (more…)

A Need For Rest

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Articles | 6 comments

A Need For Rest

Beautiful and warm have been the norm this summer. I can hear the birds singing outside my office window.  A family of squirrels is chattering to one another in the branches of the trees.  The breeze rustles the leaves.  It’s all so peaceful, relaxing.  Well, now it is.  My day didn’t start out that way. (more…)

Spring Spectacle

Posted by on Mar 31, 2018 in Articles | 0 comments

Spring Spectacle

 

Tomorrow is Easter – Resurrection Sunday.  My Bible is open before me, the scripture describing the brutal beating and horrific death of our Lord staring up at me from the pages.  I ponder the events, the reality of what the Lord did for me.  He took my sins, died my death, and went to the grave in my place.  He was my sacrificial lamb, my atonement.  I sip my coffee and stare out the window.  Today, over two thousand years ago, Christ was in that grave, defeating death, and awaiting the dawn of the third day – the dawn of the morning and the dawn of the Son, proclaiming His triumph and victory. (more…)

Joy in the Ordinary

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Articles | 4 comments

Joy in the Ordinary

 

“You have put gladness in my heart…” Psalm 4:7a

 

 

It’s snowing – again – still – as usual (for this time of the year).  It would be pretty if we hadn’t already seen 250” of snowfall this season.  After a time, you feel claustrophobic and restless.  Each “trip” through the house has included looking out the windows to see if the snow is slowing down.  It hasn’t.  If anything, it keeps getting heavier.  (more…)

My Gift to Him

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Articles | 0 comments

My Gift to Him

Snow blankets the yard.  Icicles hang down from the roof.  Lights twinkle in windows; carols are sung on nearly every radio station.  Trees are decorated, packages are wrapped.  Soon colorful wrapping and bright bows will cover the space under the tree.  I will spend the night anticipating my husband’s reaction in the morning as he rips into those packages. (more…)

Hope in Nicaragua: Hugs From Little Children

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Articles | 5 comments

Hope in Nicaragua: Hugs From Little Children

“She extends her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20

 

 

Garbage littered the streets.  Homes were made out of metal sheeting.  Sewage ran down the road.  Laundry was draped over wire fencing.  Home after home, street after street, the further out we drove from Managua, the more poverty we witnessed.  We were going to a primary school to serve lunch and work with the children.  “What will the school be like?” I wondered as I witnessed the gradual decline outside the window of our shuttle. (more…)

Airport Reflections

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Articles | 0 comments

Airport Reflections

“…For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” Matthew 5:45

 

From the Houston airport, Monday, September 25, 2017, en route to Managua, Nicaragua (more…)

In the Company of Sisters

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Articles | 3 comments

In the Company of Sisters

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 

 

I look at the ladies seated around my table and smile.  (more…)

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Articles | 6 comments

Who Do You Say That I Am?

I’ve spent several weeks dealing with my identity in Christ.  I am a child of the Most-High God, joint-heir with Christ, His daughter, His friend, His bride.  I am an apostle, scribe, His messenger.  I am loved, treasured, cherished.

 

Still, despite the reminders (over and over and over again!) of those truths, I’d again have trouble focusing on the Lord’s work and instead find myself focusing on the troubles, the obstacles, the arrows being shot in my direction. I was still saying, “Yes, Lord, but…” and then would spill out to God the doubts, fears, and reservations, reminding Him of my shortcomings and failures. (more…)