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…

Christmas Gift!

Read Hebrews 1 When I was a child, my mom had a tradition that began our every Christmas morning.  We stayed in our rooms until mom came to get us.  When she opened the door, of course we were already awake, there would be cries of ‘Christmas Gift!’  Whoever said ‘Christmas Gift’ first had to…

What Does Wisdom Look Like?

James 3:17 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Our world is in dire need of wisdom.  We survive off fragments of information, distorted by the perspectives of those who spout them.  Truth is…

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…