God is Not Distant or Untouchable. You Can Draw Near to God.

You Can Draw Near to God

Sunday Scripture "Bam, how old are you?" My oldest grandson's eyes sparkled with pleasure over the edginess of his question, although I'm sure he knew I'd answer without hesitation. "I'm 58," I said because my September birthday hadn't happened yet. "You're younger than Grammy!" he reported with surprise. "You don't LOOK younger than Grammy! Your… Continue reading God is Not Distant or Untouchable. You Can Draw Near to God.

Whatever the Challenge, Because of God’s Love, You Can Stand the Test

Stand the Test!

Sunday Scripture My grandkids love to play The Ground is Lava whenever we're at a playground. By sheer little-kid strength, they carry themselves over the length and width of the apparatus, climbing and scurrying to stay aloft. Determined to stand the test, they'd rather fall from the monkey bars than come into contact with the… Continue reading Whatever the Challenge, Because of God’s Love, You Can Stand the Test

Sing a Summer Song of Praise for the Miracle of Beauty

Praise for the Miracle of Beauty

Sunday Scripture Labor Day weekend signals a winding down of summer, and this will likely go down in my own personal history as "The Summer of the Empty Nest." This stay-at-home mum has had all she could do this summer to simply stay at home, and while I've struggled to keep up with all the… Continue reading Sing a Summer Song of Praise for the Miracle of Beauty

True Grace | Find the Power for Obedience and the Basis for Forgiveness

True Grace. Stand firm in it.

Sunday Scripture The word grace conjures images of unconditional love, forgiveness, and a free pass for whatever I bring to the table, and there's truth in this. However, in the closing words of his first letter, Peter has woven together two very different colors and textures of yarn: ...this is the true grace of God. Stand firm… Continue reading True Grace | Find the Power for Obedience and the Basis for Forgiveness

Are You Trying to Create God in Your Own Image?

Are you trying to create God in your own image?

Sunday Scripture We hear the disclaimers after every major tragedy: "God had nothing to do with this! A good God would never have allowed it to happen." Trying to let God off the hook for the inexplicable and ignoring scripture's affirmation of God's sovereign control over life and death, some misguided God-followers even question the… Continue reading Are You Trying to Create God in Your Own Image?

In Your Dealings with Jesus, Begin with Awe and then Move On

Sunday Scripture "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."   (John 1:1) John begins his story about the life of Jesus on this planet by revealing to his readers what it had taken him nearly three long years to… Continue reading In Your Dealings with Jesus, Begin with Awe and then Move On

Have You Almost Given Up on Finding a Love that Lasts?

Have You Almost Given Up on Finding a Love that Lasts?

Sunday Scripture There's something about a wedding that revives hope and renews my optimism about the carrying power of love. My son and his bride recited strong promises about a love that lasts in a ceremony that was both romantic and sacred. Love, respect, and faithful devotion are a solid beginning for a life-long partnership.… Continue reading Have You Almost Given Up on Finding a Love that Lasts?

Relax Your Fear Muscle | 3 Scriptures to Support You as You Fight Fear

3 Scriptures to Support You as You Fight Fear

Sunday Scripture "Hold on a minute," I gasped as I pushed myself upright again. Repositioning my end of the load, I followed my husband into the spare bedroom where we let the heavy box thud to the floor. We made it--but I knew I had tweaked my back with my stumble-up-the-stairs technique. Fighting fear, I… Continue reading Relax Your Fear Muscle | 3 Scriptures to Support You as You Fight Fear

What Difference Does it Make that We Live in a Beautiful World?

We Live in a Beautiful World

Sunday Scripture Crossing the bridge and climbing the hill toward home, I wish for the perfect camera and a photographer's skilled eye to capture well the expanse of blue filling my windshield. A beautiful world, accented with yellow forsythia in spring, in summer with rugosa roses, with maple leaves aflame in fall, and by sparkling… Continue reading What Difference Does it Make that We Live in a Beautiful World?

How Can an Ordinary Citizen Begin to Practice a Radical Patriotism?

How Can an Ordinary Citizen Practice Radical Patriotism?

Sunday Scripture I have begun to consider listening to the morning news as a spiritual discipline, a small act of patriotism in which I put the good of our country above my own comfort or preferences. I've never been a political animal, but events of the past several years and a fleet of newly minted… Continue reading How Can an Ordinary Citizen Begin to Practice a Radical Patriotism?