Bling

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.””‭‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ Her touch was reverent. Small fingers trailed over the rhinestones in my necklace, tracingContinue reading “Bling”

Caught Red Handed

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ “Excuse me, Mrs. Lowes.” I turned to face the owner of the polite interruption. I had been explaining something to what I assumed was an engaged andContinue reading “Caught Red Handed”

More Than You Can Chew

“Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:37‬ ‭ I saw the crumbs first. Then the serious intensity that could only indicate a compulsion to chat. “Teacher? Can I tell you something?” Of course she could, I indicated with what I hoped wasContinue reading “More Than You Can Chew”

The Reality of What We Hope For

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ It was snowing. Again. I gestured toward the window and told my kitties to check out what the weather was doing. “The weather has changed again. It looks more like winter out thee than spring!” MyContinue reading “The Reality of What We Hope For”

Real Actual Grass

“Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭65:8‬ “Mrs. Lowes! You have to come!” The call was urgent. I hesitated. Was this the ‘someone is down and needs medical attention, so come-quick-double-time-hurry’ sortContinue reading “Real Actual Grass”

Close Beside Me

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭ To say it was unexpected was a bit of an understatement. To be honest, it had never happened before. Being a novelty, it felt ratherContinue reading “Close Beside Me”

A Powerful Identity

““Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.””‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭ Ah, kids. Bless their hearts, they do say the darnedest things. Today we had the chance to meet the newest residents in our school – a batch ofContinue reading “A Powerful Identity”

Reading Valentines

“We love each other because he loved us first.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭ It’s pretty sweet. Every year, the same scenario plays itself out on Valentine’s Day – a bevy of excited kids, dizzy with joy, distribute their valentines. One by one, they pop them into the oversized envelopes that have become our classroom tradition, personallyContinue reading “Reading Valentines”

Peacemakers

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭ I’m sure you’ve had the chance to observe human nature, whether from afar or a-close. Ahem. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Anyway, I’m sure you’ve noticed something about peace. Like, that it’s rather unnatural. Think about it. IContinue reading “Peacemakers”

Living the Dream

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:12‬ ‭ “A unicorn!” This, of course, the response of a wee little when asked a very particular question. The question? ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’ Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn? What aContinue reading “Living the Dream”