The Other Side

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10 Several years ago I began running on a regular basis. Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I am no svelte ubertrekker paddling…

Spring Plans

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4 Spring was approaching. Rachel loved everything about the season: the cold weather, the crocuses sprouting,…

How Are You Shaping Up?

I remember the day it hit me – the realization that my life would never be the same again. My voice quivered as I spoke my thoughts aloud. “This isn’t going to go away. It’s not a short-term illness. It’s not a long-term illness. This isn’t a temporary situation or a passing season of my…

The Lord is Gracious

One of the greatest challenges in life is to work closely yet harmoniously with other people. When we relocated to South Carolina, I spent several years working as a dental assistant. I enjoyed the work, but patiently dealing with others was sometimes more taxing than the demands of the tedious dental procedures. I remember the…

The Essence of Longsuffering

Longsuffering. Suffering long. Is this something all of us are called to do on a daily basis? In today’s fast-paced, “gotta-have-it-now” culture, we might be tempted to think we’re “suffering long” when we have to wait twenty minutes in the DMV line, or when we’re forced to endure ten minutes of easy listening music while…

The Other Side

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In…

Just Before Midnight

She flipped on her side in the bed for the zillionth time, or so it seemed. A tap at the top of her alarm clock made the digits 11:47 glow. “I need to be asleep! How will I have the patience for fifteen four-year-olds if I get only six hours of sleep? I have to…

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…