The Other Side

When I rose from my knees, having drunk deeply from Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21, I was in awe – that I “might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Since I am so limited in my scope, such a thought surpasses my wildest expectations of what God has for me in Christ. As a…

They Called Her “Mom”

Everyone called her “Mom Steel,” though the only ones in our group who could really claim to be her descendants were Matt, Shannah, Ruth, and John Mark. The rest of us were college kids excited to have a home-cooked meal and a place to fellowship on Sunday nights. Mrs. Steel’s motto was “All are welcome….

Is My Unlove Showing?

About thirty of us from our church’s career group wee packed into a living rom, listening to our friend Ellen share insights from her nine-year career as a single missionary in Cameroon, West Africa. When Ellen had concluded and a thoughtful silence hung in the air, she asked, “Does anyone have any questions?” From the…

My Fountain

We who have been redeemed can choose one of two kinds of lives to live here. We can enjoy a life of continual vitality, or we can live in an arid wasteland. The prophet Jeremiah begged Israel to choose life, asking the question, “Why will ye die?” And this exhortation I am continually burdened to…

Serving or Slaving: Love Makes the Difference

“Mommmeee!! I neeeeed yoooouu!” For the third time in five minutes, I had been summoned in this way. The first time was for an “accident” in the bathroom. “No problem. It’s okay, Honey. We’ll do better next time.” A minute later, two-year-old Annie needed help opening the door to the basement. “Here you go, Baby….

The Other Side

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.      Romans 12 :1 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them,…

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….

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…


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….