Long Live the Crumbs!

“Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭ Ever been in on a good bickering? I have. Awwww-kward! You can feel your toes scrunch up inside your socks. It’s like snaggly fingernails grating down a chalkboard. You don’t know where to look or what to do andContinue reading “Long Live the Crumbs!”

With a Big Smile

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:30‬ ‭ You gotta love kids and their zest for life. I mean, who else would cheer when they see a bug? Fist bump when they reach a higher bar on the playground for the first time? Shriek with joy whenContinue reading “With a Big Smile”

The Rules of Hide and Seek

“For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. ”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:7‬ ‭ Ready or not, here I come! I’m sure we’ve all experienced the thrill of a good old fashioned round of ‘Hide and Seek’. The Seeker counts loudly while giggles erupt and curtains swish andContinue reading “The Rules of Hide and Seek”

The Great Recycling Project

“Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ The three Rs. They are drilled into us. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It’s a way of helping us to deal with a harsh reality – just by living,Continue reading “The Great Recycling Project”

The Ultimate Avenger

“For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:12‬ ‭ This verse hit me like a ton of bricks today. Ouch. For some reason, just reading it dredged up the most traumatic experience of my life – and I realized I wasn’t finished grievingContinue reading “The Ultimate Avenger”

When Third Winter Has You By the Throat

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you…”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:5-6‬ ‭ Even those familiar with Third Winter can’t help but be frosted by it. Seriously. The sunContinue reading “When Third Winter Has You By the Throat”

Let Me Count the Ways

“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 ‭ Admirable. As in, something to admire. Something worth looking at. Something that has earned our respect, likeContinue reading “Let Me Count the Ways”

Blah, Blah, Blah

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:20‬ ‭ *cringe* This was not looking good. The lecturer was 12 minutes into the session, and still talking about himself as an introduction. It’s cool to have credentials. Even cooler to have interesting life experiencesContinue reading “Blah, Blah, Blah”

Nature’s Maternity Ward

“Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?”‭‭Job‬ ‭38:29‬ Mother Nature. We hear that term a lot, right? Which is why these words in Job are so interesting. See, God is replying to Job’s questions. Job had a lot of questions. He had lost his possessions, hisContinue reading “Nature’s Maternity Ward”

On Lamps and Such

“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:28‬ ‭ I love sunsets. Sunsets through a magical canopy of lacy frost? *contented sigh* The glow of this particular sunset was so dazzling that I stopped and held up my hands in worship. I stared. I snapped photos. I thoughtContinue reading “On Lamps and Such”