Sunday Scripture ~ Romans 15:13

 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  (Romans 15:13) With this verse, Paul is winding down a letter to the Romans that included his travel plans and instructions for the gritty process of doing life… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Romans 15:13

Musings: April 2019

A worn banister sits at the center of a colonial-era farmhouse in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. There, the winter of 1777-78 brought deep suffering, privation, and grueling labor in freezing cold with the goal of building adequate housing for the Colonial Army--two thousand small cabins. Once his men were settled, George Washington took up residence--along with… Continue reading Musings: April 2019

Oswald Chambers’s Message of Hope in the Midst of War

"Leave the irreparable past in His hands, and step out into the irresistible future." Oswald Chambers

One hundred years ago, the war to end all wars ended, leaving the world a very different place, and, ironically, setting the stage for the next world war. Geographic boundaries would shift and entire countries would be swallowed up or renamed, but even more seismic changes were at work in the spiritual realm as hearts… Continue reading Oswald Chambers’s Message of Hope in the Midst of War

Following the Trail Back to Hope

Hope, Transition from Complaining

Sometimes it’s the very thing that makes you wild, the thing that feels as if it may be your undoing, which ultimately saves your life. For me right now, the pebble in my shoe is a 15-foot speed boat parked parallel to the north side of our house. The college-aged son is a project magnet… Continue reading Following the Trail Back to Hope

Musings: February 2018

Bare branches wait spring

On a day when snow was sticky and ankle deep, I took kitchen shears and lopped branches off a bush that grows in disarray outside the dining room window. The rush of school and schedules had bowed to the will of February vacation, and suddenly there was time for hope. Three fourths of the way… Continue reading Musings: February 2018

A Day Like No Other Day

It was a day like any other day in the life-long ministry of Zacharias the priest.  With Elisabeth’s goodbye kiss still warm on his cheek, he went about his business, reporting for duty in his scheduled commitment to serve in the Temple. It was a day like no other day when the honor of entering… Continue reading A Day Like No Other Day

God Moves Mountains When Women Pray

Last year, I started keeping a list of prayer requests, dated and described, and then, to my great surprise -- answers!  Clear direction for a son, help and success in a ministry opportunity, a new and wonderful job for my husband.  Reviewing the list from time to time, I'm reminded to give thanks, and I'm… Continue reading God Moves Mountains When Women Pray

Long Live the Queen! Till We Have Faces Discussion Group Week 8

Today we come to the end of Part I! With only four chapters remaining in Part II, I'm amazed at how quickly the time for this discussion group has flown! Plot Summary Queen Orual has plowed into her new role with gusto, handily defeating Prince Argan with her sword, celebrating her victory as a lone… Continue reading Long Live the Queen! Till We Have Faces Discussion Group Week 8

Borrowed Strength for Mothers

Encouragement; reassurance; words of wisdom crafted in the trenches. Somehow, Seth Haines knew that this was the gift his wife needed for the Christmas following the birth of their third child -- so he put out the word.  Friends, favorite authors, and bloggers were asked for a contribution of hope, a letter from the heart… Continue reading Borrowed Strength for Mothers