Don’t Forget

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:2‬ ‭ Do you ever make lists?? I do. Not that they help much. See, this is me. Well, an image of my memory. You may notice that – well, chunks are missing. Big chunks. EvenContinue reading “Don’t Forget”

Take a Deep Breath

“Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭150:6‬ ‭ Breathing is an entirely lovely thing. You do it every day. Multiple times per minute, actually – and I bet you never thought twice about it. I did this week. Let me explain. I’m fresh off a nasty sinus cold. YouContinue reading “Take a Deep Breath”

Chasing the Light

“Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭ There’s no grump like a report card grump. Jaw clenched. Eyes on screen. Toes curled with determination. Body rigid. Mind completely consumed with one thought. Get. Finished.Continue reading “Chasing the Light”

Crying Over [Unspilled] Milk

“As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭ Little: “I didn’t get any milk today!” *deep, heart-wrenching sobs* Me: “Do you think all the milk has disappeared from the school?” Little (startled): “No.” *sniff* Me: “I wonder. If there is stillContinue reading “Crying Over [Unspilled] Milk”

I, Ambassador

“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ Ambassador. It’s a bit of a foreign concept. (Pardon the pun.) For most of us, the closest we get to ambassadors is an assassination plot in a movie. Our first-handContinue reading “I, Ambassador”

An Excellent Adventure

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ Whoever shot this arrow had excellent aim, wouldn’t you say? That’s one way to illustrate the wordContinue reading “An Excellent Adventure”

Frozen Over

“He hurls the hail like stones. Who can stand against his freezing cold? Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:17-18‬ ‭ Brrrrrrrr. You know when the windchill values are pushing closer to the -50 Celsius mark that you are frozen over. At these temperatures, our regularContinue reading “Frozen Over”

Called by Name

“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1‬ ‭ Let’s name drop for a moment, shall we? Shiphrah and Puah. No? Not ringing a bellContinue reading “Called by Name”

The Pearl

““Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:45-46‬ ‭ Another cryptic kingdom clue. This time, pearls. Pearls are fascinating. How they are developed – through a creature’s pain and misfortune –Continue reading “The Pearl”

Chosen

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you…”‭‭John‬ ‭15:16‬a It was a long time ago, but I still remember. I remember how it feels to be the last one chosen. A ball player I am not. Never have been. And my peers knew it. A spelling bee, a history quiz, a word game, a spot ofContinue reading “Chosen”