Sifting

My mom had one of those old crank sifters.  When we made biscuits, we used it to sift the flour, making sure there were no lumps that would not mix well.  Once the flour was smooth, we would stir the flour, buttermilk, and shortening together, knead the dough, and form the biscuits.  There was always…

Seven Lessons from Hard Times

Thirty-six years ago, I lay in a hospital attempting to bring forth our first-born child.  She was delivered on the day before Thanksgiving, and she has blessed our lives with so much thankfulness and grace. The day was not easy, and the way was not clear that November.  We wanted this child desperately.  We had…

Am I Sowing What I Wish to Reap?

You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.  Charles Stanley Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences. Robert Louis Stevenson Traveling through Georgia during the late summer and fall cannot help but turn one’s mind to harvest time.  Combines are on the road, tractors are…

Peace

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have…

What Am I Supposed to Do?

Mark 3:4 And He saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath day, or to do evil? to save life or to kill? but they held their peace. These seem like simple enough questions – pretty straightforward.  Jesus was in the synagogue talking with the religious leaders.  He asked the questions,…

Today

Today, let me walk with Christ       remembering His love,      remembering His word,      remembering His faithfulness. Let my heart be established      in His grace,      in His hope,      in His purpose. Let me see the world      through His eyes      and…

How Does God See People?

Read Romans 16 As a card-carrying introvert, this is an important chapter for me. We talk about God’s relationship to the world, His love for the lost, His grace in the Church, but we tend to talk in general, corporate terms – big picture.  You know.  God loves all people.  For God so loved the…

My Calling

In a ‘me’ culture, God calls me to support and serve, to love in response to hatred. In a world of despair, God calls me to hope – confidence in my future with God. In the rhetoric of contention, God calls me to unity – likemindedness in Christ. The world offers confusion; God offers joy…