Are We There Yet?

Have you ever planned a family vacation? After days of preparation, the suitcases are packed, the house is locked up, and snacks, luggage, pets, and children are dutifully loaded into the car. You’re breathing a huge sigh of relief as you finally pull out of the driveway when a small voice drifts from the back…

Dreaming

When I was a child, I had big dreams—starting with first grade when I wrote that I was going to be a missionary and look like Princess Diana when I grew up. Of course, as I got older those dreams changed; because of my many interests as well as my admiration for my mother, I…

A Very Present Help

“Your baby is not going to make it. She will eventually die.” Sitting behind his desk, my gynecologist gave my husband and me this difficult news. It was my nineteenth week of pregnancy. Having had only one child after seventeen years of marriage and several miscarriages early in pregnancies, my husband and I were surprised…

Thorns

It was a lovely Saturday morning. I was still in my robe enjoying a second cup of coffee when the phone interrupted my tranquility. It was a good friend whose daughter’s world had just been shattered. She had come home from work the night before and found a note on the table from her husband…

Nurturing A Quiet Heart

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of…

How Deep The Father’s Love

I have an amazing Dad. Just the other day, I was reflecting on him and on all the lessons he has taught me. So many life lessons are learned without our realization until we are grown and have raised our own children. My Dad is a military man, having had a career in the Air…

Are You Willing to Pray?

Now Saul was consenting to his [Stephen’s] death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he…

Count it Joy!

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke….

A Worthwhile Winter

Winter is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is decidedly cold. Daylight is short and the dark of night seems long. The bright colors of spring and summer have long since faded, and the bronze tones of harvest have been reduced to dull brown. The seasons we associate with new growth and productivity…

God’s Timing is Best

God has such an amazing sense of humor! This passage tells the “rest of the story,” and highlights the frustration of the religious leaders of that time. Take some time and outline the opinions and emotions of the characters: the high priest (possibly Caiaphas from John 11:49), the Angel of the Lord, the officers, the…