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…

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…

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…

The Other Side

…and [Elijah] requested for himself that he might die;  and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers…and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?…And he said, Go forth, and stand upon…

The Best Seat in the House

When we bought our first home a couple of years ago, there were many things I loved about it – the open floor plan; that extra bathroom, the big back yard. I was especially happy to have my own kitchen peninsula and its accompanying stools. To some women, having a kitchen peninsula is no big…

Battling the Blahs

As fall’s days grow shorter, does your patience get shorter as well? Does nippy weather make your spirit snippy? Whether your blah days can be traced to gray weather or to difficult circumstances in your life, here are a few tools to help you weather trials of discouragement. Cover the Basics. How are you sleeping?…

Contentment

Contentment means realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness. Wow! There is nothing that I lack. Although God has given me everything I need, He leaves me to choose whether I will be content with what He has provided for my life, or constantly crave for more. As a single…

The Other Side

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of…

Ol’ Money Bags

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38 I distinctly remember the day I gave my grandma the nickname “Ol’ Money…