All Means All

…great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.  Matthew 12:15 Working with kids sometimes makes me question if there is something wrong with my speech!  I think I am saying the right words but I get ignored or just get these blank looks.  Sometimes, they say, “Oh, I heard you but I thought you meant…,” and I am left scratching my head.  Perhaps you too, have questioned where the communication went wrong between you and someone else.  More than once, I have asked to myself, “What part of ‘NO’ didn’t they understand?” Ok, so I will be honest here.  … Continue reading All Means All

Barbie’s Broken Dream

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 When I was a young child, my girl friends loved to play Barbie dolls. I hated those dolls then and I hate them now. But I played because I wanted to be with my friends. I listened as they dreamed out loud about their future homes, husband and children. Yes, the white picket fence was part of their plan. They would share the names they would give their children … Continue reading Barbie’s Broken Dream

Wonderfully Made

I will give thanks to Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works and my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14 Some years ago, I read an article about a study that had been done by a host of people with impressive initials after their name. This study was funded with grant money – several hundred thousand dollars worth. This team of experts were trying to determine over a period of years if children (siblings) were born different at birth. All that money and all those years and they came to the same conclusion any … Continue reading Wonderfully Made

Jesus Sees

  “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” John 1:48 On my way to church tonight (yes, I go on Saturday nights!) I stopped at a convenience store for a bottle of water. There was a man sitting out front on the ground with a sign stating he was homeless and needed help. I went in and got my water and as I left, he asked for money. I approached the man and told him I had no money to give him. But I … Continue reading Jesus Sees

Rest Area

Jesus says  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  Matthew 11:28 (Message Bible) At the time of this writing, we had just returned from a road trip to Montana and were so grateful to see rest areas provided.  It … Continue reading Rest Area

Four Boxes of Ex-Lax

He restores my soul. Psalm 23:3 The manager of a store is interviewing a young man who has applied for a sales position. The young man has no sales experience and the manager is concerned. He stresses over and over again the importance of selling something. The young man assures him that he can make sales and he is hired. Three days go by and not one single sale. The manager is getting frustrated and reminds the new employee that he has to sell something to keep his job. The young man assures him that tomorrow he will sell something. A … Continue reading Four Boxes of Ex-Lax

A Dangerous Read

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 “When Frederick Douglass’s master discovered that his wife, Mistress Sophie, was teaching this eight-year -old slave to read the Bible, he sternly forbade her to do so again. “If he learns to read the Bible it will ever unfit him to be a slave, he said, and in no time, “he’ll be running away with himself.” This, the renowned abolitionist Douglass later reflected, was the first antislavery lecture he had ever heard, and it inspired him … Continue reading A Dangerous Read

This is Jesus

At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Luke 4:40 As a writer, I oftentimes find it hard to capture huge ideas into something as small as words. Imagine being at the scene where people came to Jesus and He healed them. What words could describe that? What kind of celebration would be taking place among not only the people who were healed, but their family members and friends? How can words describe that kind of joy? But words are what we are given. … Continue reading This is Jesus

Valentine’s Day

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39  Happy Valentine’s Day! I read a couple of differing accounts of how this day came to be. I don’t know which is true, all I know about it is that I do like chocolate! I googled this and discovered that in the United States alone, 2.4 billion dollars is expected to be spent for Valentine’s Day this year! Further, … Continue reading Valentine’s Day

52 Reasons Why

We love because He first loved us. I John 4:19 For Valentine’s Day at work, I helped a group of kids make a present for their mom or dad. We used old decks of cards and made a book called, 52 Reasons I Love You. Each of the 52 cards had a reason on it. It was a difficult project and several kids didn’t finish. But for the ones that did, it turned out to be a great gift for someone special. I made some also. I made one for my husband and one for each of my four children. It … Continue reading 52 Reasons Why