Personal Needs

I have Tuesdays earmarked as the day to pray for personal needs each week. Some months ago, I separated my prayer list into categories (missionaries, family and friends, church members, etc.), so that I could spend more focused, intentional time praying for fewer requests each day. Tuesdays ended up being my “personal needs” day. And… Continue reading Personal Needs

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Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Tuesday is pull-up day in the workout schedule my daughter and I follow. Without many preliminaries, my daughter and I head to the garage first thing in the morning, where she leads off, cranking out rep after rep without assistance during her first set. I, on the other hand, am not nearly so advanced. I… Continue reading Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Longing Souls

One of my favorite new YouTube speakers is evangelist Greg Laurie. While I was getting ready for church this morning, I listened to a sermon he delivered about the empty place within all of us that only God can fill. For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:9 Laurie gave example after… Continue reading Longing Souls

It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

The book of Job concludes in a most satisfying way. Job’s re-reversal of fortune always makes me sigh with contentment and dash away a tear or two. As I read the last chapter, I noticed a verse that reminded me of the final scene from It’s a Wonderful Life, when George Bailey returns home to… Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

When Something Just Doesn’t Feel Right

My husband’s job as a city firefighter requires twenty-four-hour shifts. He works one full day, and then is off the next two days. The day that he’s on shift, my kids and I keep ourselves as busy as possible – not a difficult prospect, considering all the chores required to maintain our house and seven-acre… Continue reading When Something Just Doesn’t Feel Right

The Transformative Power of Poo

Yes, you read right. Poo has the power to transform. We’ve had a little flock of chickens for several years, and we have accumulated quite a pile of manure-laden straw cleaned from their coop. Last spring, we spread the composted straw and manure mixture over my perennial flower beds. It was a dirty and laborious… Continue reading The Transformative Power of Poo

Old Testament God vs. New Testament Jesus?

I’ve been reading the Bible through chronologically since last summer or thereabouts.  The winter months found me forging through the major and minor prophets. The minor prophets in particular seem a bit dark to me, filled as they are with prophetic warnings from God to his people about what doom would befall them, should they… Continue reading Old Testament God vs. New Testament Jesus?