Suggestions, right?

Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners,Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!2 But his delight is in the Law of the Lord,And on His Law he meditates day and night.3 He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,Which yields its fruit in its season,And its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1: 1-3 Several years ago, I had the opportunity to teach my grandson how to drive. After weeks of making good progress, he turns to me in all seriousness and asks, “So Grandma, these speed limits, they are just suggestions, right?” I … Continue reading Suggestions, right?

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches, For Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me. Psalm 63: 6-8 What are the thoughts that run through your mind when you lay down to sleep at night?  Mine used to be tormenting.  And to be honest here, sometimes, they still are. I would review my day trying to find the link between something I ate or didn’t eat, some supplement I took or didn’t take, … Continue reading Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

A Balanced Equation

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.  3 John 1:2 Years ago, I had to revisit algebra in an attempt to help our son with his school work.  One thing I learned is that equations need to be balanced.  For example 2 +5 = 10-3 is a balanced equation.  You probably remember from school that what you do to one side of that equation, you have to do to the other side to keep it balanced. An equation can be unbalanced otherwise. When I looked at this … Continue reading A Balanced Equation

The Wise Men

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 1:10-11 This, of course, is referring to the story of the wise men coming to visit Jesus. We celebrated Christmas by telling the messages of advent for the weeks leading up to Christmas. Up to this point in the story of the coming of Jesus, the message was about the gifts Jesus brought into our lives – hope, … Continue reading The Wise Men

Born in a Manger

When I lived in Montana, I had an old barn on the property. It housed chickens and provided shelter for horses and goats. It was filled with bales of straw and had a rope swing hanging from the high beam. My daughters loved to play in that old barn. It probably wasn’t terribly sanitary despite the hours I spent shoveling out unsanitary things; animals being animals and doing what animals do. I would never have called it clean. Certainly not company ready clean. Certainly not clean enough for a baby to be born in, other than a colt. And definitely not … Continue reading Born in a Manger

Glimpses of Heaven

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,your kingdom come,your will be done,    on earth as it is in heaven”… Matthew 6: 9-10 Years ago, when I was part of an intercessory prayer team, a mother asked us to pray for her daughter.  Her little girl was 4 and couldn’t walk.  She had numerous other issues and I forget what the diagnosis was but the prognosis was that she didn’t have long to live.  We prayed and then shared what we believed God had given us for this little girl.  Everyone shared that they saw … Continue reading Glimpses of Heaven

Wide Receivers

How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it.  Luke 13:34 Jesus is speaking here to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, lamenting the fact that they would not receive Him.   This is hard to imagine and yet, too often, I am guilty of the same. I think that the inability to receive still keeps Jesus at arms lengths. A giver, no matter how unlimited his resources can only give what the receiver can and will take in.  Most children are good receivers. Offer children a … Continue reading Wide Receivers

Angels Rejoicing

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7 Some years ago, I went to the Healing Rooms to have people pray for me. I had had chronic pain for the majority of the past two decades. Two wonderful women prayed for me and one told me that while she was praying for me, she saw the angels in heaven rejoicing over my healing. She was all excited about that and I tried to be but … Continue reading Angels Rejoicing

God’s Economy

Years ago, when I lived in Montana, I had a wonderful gelding named Apache. The whole family loved that horse. Anyone could ride him; he was totally trustworthy. I especially liked taking him out on short jaunts in the woods. Fearless, smart and oh, how he loved to run, but there was one thing he would not do. He would not jump over anything. No, not ever, which most of the time was fine. But sometimes, in the woods, when a tree had fallen across the trail our ride would have been much nicer if he would have just jumped … Continue reading God’s Economy

Hope

“Behold,” he wrote, “a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14 A few days ago, we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means arrival or coming and refers to the coming of Christ. The first candle lit on the advent wreath is the candle of hope. This past week as I was trying to come up with a way to explain hope that the children would understand (I teach Sunday School) I was coming up with little more than frustration. But then I saw hope that I could explain to them. … Continue reading Hope