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…

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.”