More Time Less Work

Time and work – two small words, but how much they affect our lives. We often feel that we have too little of the first and way too much of the second. If we don’t bring these two elements into correct focus, our beautiful spirit may very well be hidden from those closest to us….

Freedom

Freedom! That certain entity which every soul longs for but often doesn’t know how to keep once it is obtained. My imagination has been sparked by a book I have read about the second president of the U.S., John Adams. He is not recognized as often as George Washington or Thomas Jefferson, yet he was…

Eternal Rewards

A few years ago, I invited two teenage girls over weekly to co learn how to cook. The first girl was eager to learn and was a joy to teach. After a few weeks, she presented me with a thank-you note and twenty-dollar gift card to a restaurant. The second girl didn’t like cooking very…

Consecrated

Open a hymnal in nearly any English-speaking Protestant church today, and Frances Ridley Havergal’s name will appear on several of its pages. Why should a nineteenth century single woman who lived to be only forty-two years of age be so widely remembered? Born in Victoria England, Frances grew up in a home filled with music….

“Kids, Did You Practice Today?”

As I was growing up, those words, usually coming from my dad, were frequently heard in our house. We especially dreaded the question if we had neglected our practicing for a more favorable pastime like playing outside with friends. It was not pleasant when Dad found us and sent us inside to finish our practicing….

You Need Not Worry

Figuring out the future can be frustrating, especially for a college senior: whether or not to go to grad school, what to study in grad school, what grad schools to consider, and what prerequisites do I need to take to get into the programs I’m looking at? And these are only questions considering the education…

My Beloved

“Whither is thy beloved gone?” Song of Solomon 6:1 There is occasion in every marriage for dullness to set in and a lack of appreciation to waft through the hearts of husbands and wives. Managing the responsibilities of married life becomes a business. Juggling jobs, kids, bills, and discipline leaves no room for intimate feelings…

The Greatest of These…To the Least of These

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. I Corinthians 13:1 I’m a kindergarten teacher, so I speak a lot of words every day. And in my years in the classroom, I have discovered it is entirely possible…

Don’t Waste the Journey

My husband serves God and country as a chaplain in the United States Army. He’s been in this ministry for almost five years – eighteen months in the reserves and about three years on active duty – and unless God shows us otherwise, we believe this will be His ministry for us in the foreseeable…

What is in Your Hands

 “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall…