Where’s Your Faith?

  One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.  As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.  “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. Luke 8:22-25 The disciples were doing exactly what Jesus told them … Continue reading Where’s Your Faith?

Guard Your Heart

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  Proverbs  4:23 God gave me free will. I choose what goes into my heart.  I can fill it with negative thoughts and wallow in negative emotions – I can catalog my pain and my symptoms and relive past hurts from others or I can fill it with positive thoughts – I can fill it with God’s word and His promises, I can choose to forgive those that have hurt me, I can choose to dwell on loving others instead of protecting myself.  It’s my choice. Joseph … Continue reading Guard Your Heart

Evening News

I’m overwhelmed with sorrow!      sunk in a swamp of despair! I’m like someone who goes to the garden to pick cabbages and carrots and corn  and returns empty-handed,      finds nothing for soup or sandwich or salad. There’s not a decent person in sight.      Right-living humans are extinct. They’re all out for one another’s blood,      animals preying on each other. They’ve all become experts in evil.      Corrupt leaders demand bribes. The powerful rich make sure they get what they want.  The best and brightest are thistles.      The top of the line is crabgrass. But no longer: It’s exam … Continue reading Evening News

Spoiler Alert

I make known the end from the beginning Isaiah 46:10 Kids I work with are quite fond of issuing Spoiler Alerts!  They seem to enjoy ruining the ending of a movie for someone who hasn’t seen it yet.  Most of us would probably agree that anticipating the ending is a favorite part of movie watching.  We don’t want someone ruining that for us. But what about real life?  When we are going through difficult times, wouldn’t we really just love it if someone, anyone could tell us the ending of the nightmare?  Likewise, knowing where we are in the story … Continue reading Spoiler Alert

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

God said to Moses: “Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites.  Order them to get moving.  Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea: Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:15-16 Working with kids gives me the opportunity to know more about the book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, than I would have known if I didn’t work with kids. I’m not saying this is a good thing; just saying. These books are a collection of diaries written by Rodney, a kid in middle school, … Continue reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Do What You Can Captain!

 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life.   Ephesians 6:13  Message Bible Years ago, we had a family reunion at a beach house on Galveston Island.  My nephew and niece were about 6 years old and they were standing looking out over the Gulf of … Continue reading Do What You Can Captain!

The Hardness Scale

“I am the Lord. I am the God of all people. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 Some years back in our homeschool journey, we studied Mohs Hardness Scale. This scale is used to identify mineral specimens by comparing their hardness to the ten minerals on the scale. Talc is the least hard with diamonds being the hardest and knife-blades and fingernails and copper pennies and other minerals falling somewhere in between. A scale like this apparently works for mineral identification but it made me realize that I have a tendency to put God’s ability to perform a … Continue reading The Hardness Scale

Perfect Storm? Perfect Peace!

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.  But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”   Mark 4:39-40 I grew up in Houston, Texas and we spent summers in Galveston.  Hurricane season was nothing to be taken lightly down there.  But as a kid, I remember some fun things about them.  I remember playing in the streets when the water in them was flooded to knee deep.  Once driving from Galveston to … Continue reading Perfect Storm? Perfect Peace!

Detour Ahead

   For I believe God. Acts 27:25 Traversing from point A to point B should be easy enough. Should be, but we all know that this straight-line trajectory isn’t always so easy. Even with GPS, we can still find ourselves heading the wrong way. Sometimes detours are just a misunderstanding of directions and other times the path is blocked by things beyond our control. Detours happen. Unannounced, unplanned, unwarranted. This happened to Paul and the people on board the ship with him when they encountered a storm so terrible it “blotted out the sun and the stars, until at last … Continue reading Detour Ahead

Swinging Bridge

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 When I was 24 years old, I had three children under the age of 5. I was living in Montana miles and miles removed from my family in Texas. My husband, their father, was seldom home and not very helpful when he was home. I felt alone; I was alone. I had this recurring dream.  In this dream, I was … Continue reading Swinging Bridge