Precious Memories

We all have precious memories of special things or of events that have taken place in our lives. Christmas is a good time to remember past family gatherings and to create new traditions for our children and grandchildren. Many times we hear friends say, “My family always does so and so at Christmas.” Does your…

To Save the Lost

Megan scrolled down the list of contacts in her cell phone and paused at Carla’s name. Doubts flitted through her mind as her finger hovered over the call button. Should I? “I’m only here in Denver for two more days,” she reminded herself. “I came home for Christmas to be with family. I probably don’t have…

A Word of Encouragement

It’s that special time of year, and a thoughtful friend asked me about my plans for Christmas. My husband is with the Lord and I must confess that I miss him more than words can express. However, I am reminded that a believer can be content in every situation because of the promise given in…

The Other Side

How hard can it be to plant an apple tree? You dig a hole, and you stick in the tree. Well, not exactly. This spring my mother-in-law bought us two lovely apple trees for our yard. I promised my son with much sincerity that I would plant them, but, as with many things, time marched…

My Neighbor, Mr. Jacobs

When I was in the third grade, my family suffered a bankruptcy. We lost the house we owned and moved into a small rental house. Even though the rental house was much older and not as well maintained as our other home had been, my brothers and I managed to find the good qualities in…

Christ-like Responses

“If we have forgiveness and humility in our heart, that will also shine through as a beautiful testimony of being Spirit-filled.”

Tears

“Thou tells my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” Psalm 56:8 In a little shop in Bethlehem, Israel, I saw an object that piqued my curiosity. Along with the customary olive wood carvings, jewelry, and oil lamp replicas on the shelves, I noticed several slender bottles, each…

Amazing Opportunities

“Whether Jew or Gentile, we need to treasure God’s goodness, forbearance and longsuffering knowing that He is leading us to repentance…”

Broken for the Master’s Use

They were beautiful! A brand new box of pastels, my drawing medium of choice, lay on the table beside my blank drawing paper. The crisp and neat pastels, arranged in color order, were ready to be used. Like a child with a box of new crayons, I just wanted to look at them for a…

Submitting To God’s Leading

“The Lord can change the likely outcome of events in just a moment. We do not see the huge picture. We cannot, we are just finite beings. However, we do have an amazing God that wants us to trust Him with all our heart, so He can work His good in our lives. “