Chewing the Cud

I know what it feels like when a cow chews its cud.  Really! We owned cows for a while.  They would stand and eat grass for hours, but sooner or later we would see them lying in the field, chewing the cud (the partially digested grass that returned from their first stomach, so they could…

Beyond

When Jesus looked at Martha after Lazarus died and said “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”, He was asking her to let go of what she could see and feel. In the face of her life’s greatest sorrow and crisis, He…

Playing with Fire

Proverbs 4 We play with sin like a child plays with matches. We rub against the world, and it feels good. “No harm,” we say. So, we venture a little closer, excusing habits and actions that have the potential to maim and destroy.  “All in good fun,” we say. But we don’t see the ignition…

Out of Whack!

Father, We have everything so out of whack. We turn away from You and chase after things, intent on our own way. We are distracted by the noise and the glitter and the hurry of life. We are fearful of quiet and the hollowness it reveals in our souls, so we encase ourselves in endless…

Empowered Life

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. There is –                                                             certain, absolute therefore –                                                          because Jesus Christ has delivered me from the body of death now –                                   …

I Go to the Mountain

I run to the mountain; my feet swiftly go. I run to the hillcrest for this place I know. I run from the valley the noise and the fray. My heart seeks its peace on the hilltop, away. For there on the mountain my soul is at rest, and there I discover new strength for…

When Church is Hard

I went to church yesterday.  That isn’t unusual; I go to church every Sunday.  But yesterday, I saw the church at work, and I saw God at work in the church. At this stage in my life, I am itinerant.  My husband’s work moves him from place to place, and we set up temporary dwelling…