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.”

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…

Amazing Opportunities

“Whether Jew or Gentile, we need to treasure God’s goodness, forbearance and longsuffering knowing that He is leading us to repentance…”

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…

Submitting To God’s Leading

“The Lord can change the likely outcome of events in just a moment. We do not see the huge picture. We cannot, we are just finite beings. However, we do have an amazing God that wants us to trust Him with all our heart, so He can work His good in our lives. “

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…

Christian Love In Action

“As believers, we should be willing to give up our rights in order to minister to others. Jesus Christ gave up all His rights to save us from our sins, how much more should we be willing to give up our own rights to minister to others for whom He gave His life?”

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…