Catering, Anyone?

Read Mark 6:31-46 Jesus had been teaching, and the people followed and listened.  It seemed that they couldn’t get enough of Him.  Now, they were out in a desert place, far from home, and their physical hunger became evident. The disciples saw the need of the people – over 5000 people.  They understood hunger, but…

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

I love the old hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.  I especially love the phrase that reads “Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I’m come.”  That part of the song is a reference to the story found in I Samuel 7, particularly verse 14. I Samuel 7:14 Then Samuel took a stone, and…

Seven Things to Wear that Won’t Go Out of Style

Who would have thought that I would one day call the 1980s the ‘good ole days’?  The fashions that I like to wear are way out of style by today’s standards.  I sing music that was contemporary in my teens but is now classic, and I date myself by the references and examples I use…

Three Thoughts from Hebrews 11

If we want to leave a legacy, we should live our faith. (Hebrews 11:4) Faith doesn’t always reveal the destination, but it always starts a journey. (Hebrews 11:8) When the patriarchs of the faith left their country, it was no longer on their mind.  Instead, they looked ahead to a new life, a new home,…

What is My Cross?

Luke 9:23 – And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Mama. Mama. Mama! Mothers of young children sometimes just want to change their title.  The constant demand for attention and the need for love and care…

How Can I Know What God Wants for Me?

I have been in school my entire life, with years of taking classes and years of teaching students.  I am constantly learning new techniques, gathering information, perfecting programs, refining my understanding, and researching new terms and ideas. Because that is what it takes to do my job, to teach well. Look at any profession.  The…

Challenge for the New Year

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” –credited to John Shedd, 1928 As I sit in the quietness of my home and contemplate the new year before me, this quote is a challenge.  It takes me back to the Israelites in the book of Joshua. God…

What Does Kindness Cost?

Read II Samuel 9 – King Saul is dead.  Jonathan, Saul’s son, is dead.  Not by David’s hand.  He attempted to protect them both, but they did not survive the battles of the Israelites. Now, David is King.  By God’s direction and sovereignty, the kingdom has passed from the family of Saul to David. Any…