Quirky, Meaningful Relationships

Relationships. If there is anything to be learned from taking a closer look at the lives of Jesus’ disciples, this is it — meaningful relationships are what make life worthwhile. And

Save Us From Terror

Unaware! We were unaware of the terror that was about to happen in Paris last night. Unprepared! We were unprepared for such random, yet coordinated acts of violence. Unable! We were unable to

Tucked-In Prayers

There are certain life-phrases that stick with us and create a warm glow in our hearts. “Tuck me in, Mommy” is one of those phrases — the time spent between a parent and child

Don’t Give Up!

Well, we said a final goodbye to my dear Uncle Laurence on Saturday at Baseline United Methodist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. It was a hard day for me. He was such an important part of my

A Harsh Reality

Renewal, remodeling, renovation — concepts that have been brought to life on HGTV in which do-it-yourselfers take something old and make it look new again. One of their most commonly used tools —

Waiting and Frustrated

I suspect that I am not the only one who asks God: “Why do I have to wrestle with you at times, Father, to get a simple answer?” “I would like to be able to sit down, look in your face, ask a


Sometimes, when I pray, I don’t have anything to say. I’ve already spoken to God about the concerns on my heart and I know he’s heard me. Yet I still desire to draw near to God, to spend

A New Zing Ding

This is the first official preview of one of my new Zing Dings — Proverbs for Modern Times. I think it has many applications to prayer. See what you think.   The OUGHT’S are out there

God at Work

You want to talk to God. Great! Now what? First, get to know him better for what he has done. It makes sense. After all, when you want to get to know another person, you watch them at work in

Unite My Heart

2 or 1. Which is better? It depends on whether I desire tacos or wisdom. When I’m hungry for tacos, 2 is great! But when I’m hungry for wisdom, 2 or more options — not so good. In Psalm 86:11

The Lowdown on Dirt

Two bushes in my yard — one is deep green and full of big, gorgeous leaves, the other is yellowish green, with sparse leaves. Both are the same type of bush, both get the same amount of

The Dreaded B Word

Young children are so honest! One little boy piped up in Children’s Church this weekend, “Oh no! Not prayer time. It’s so boring.” I feel like that more than I care to admit. And for me, I know

When the Unthinkable Happens

January 6, 2015 Update: The following blog was written the night I learned that my first cousin’s 7 year old grandson had taken an 8 foot free fall inside a metal bucket that had been