Papa

Papa was a big man in stature and in voice.  His voice could carry the length of a river as he vociferously directed his grandsons to paddle while he fished, and no one could miss his reaction when an errant snake surprised him on a low-hanging bush. Papa was a hard man who labored through…

Rootbound

God cares more about our character than about our comfort. -Rick Warren I have been repotting plants that are long overdue for new places to live, so the term rootbound is heavy on my mind (and back). Plants become rootbound when they are left in one pot too long. The roots continue to grow, and…

Martha, Martha, Martha!

Luke 10:38 – 42 My name is Mary, but I have a Martha soul. You know Martha.  She, her sister Mary, and her brother Lazarus were close friends of Jesus.  He ate with them and fellowshipped at their home in Bethany. That is where Martha was in her element.  She believed in work, in serving,…

What Do They See?

When the love of the Lord is displayed in my life, I am patient; I am kind. When the love of the Lord is displayed in my life, True graciousness I find. When the love of the Lord is displayed in my life, I am not the first in line. May the love of the…

Reckless Love

Loved so recklessly by the One Who risked all Heaven for my soul, relinquishing His throne, with glory His due, to walk Earth’s paths of darkness searching for me. Were I the only lost sheep He would have come, cutting through the foliage of sin, climbing the rocks of depravity, to offer Himself for my…

Spring Cleaning Anyone?

Carpets cleaned – check. Tile sanitized – check. Draperies laundered – check. Humans enter – oh well. Spring cleaning tasks are necessary.  They go beyond the routine vacuum and dust and reach into the crevasses where month-old crumbs lie hidden and the detritus from the last popcorn and movie night have turned green. Enter broom,…

I Want to Love Him So Much

Many years ago during a sermon, Dr. Curtis Hutson made the statement “I want to love Jesus so much that when I look up into Heaven and say ‘I love you’, He’ll look down and say ‘I know’.”  Those words have stuck with me through the years.  To me they speak of showing love rather…

Send Down the Hail

The battle was on. The kings had heard of Joshua’s victory of Ai and of his treaty with Gibeon, and they were worried.  They saw Gibeon as a formidable foe by itself; now joined with the army of Israel, nothing would stop them. So, five kings with their armies joined together as a force to…