The Lone Bean

My nine-year-old has long been a picky eater. He can take or leave most fruit, though these days he is finally eating apples and even enjoys a blended mix of berries stirred into yogurt. He doesn't like a single vegetable, unless you count mashed, fried, or somehow casseroled potatoes, and sweet corn when it's fresh… Continue reading The Lone Bean

Memorize & Meditate: Proverbs 24:3-4

On our kitchen wall is a sign with these words, reminding me of what it takes to establish a Christian home, filled with the kind of wealth that will last forever. Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Proverbs 24:3-4

Comfort Zones Can Be Crippling

Every 4-H-er is required to give a one-minute speech at a club meeting that must relate, however distantly, to some 4-H project. It's my youngest son's first year in 4-H, and, following in his brother's footsteps, he thought he would try woodworking and give his speech about his project. The project itself? Not a problem.… Continue reading Comfort Zones Can Be Crippling

Lives That Inspire: Naaman’s Little Maid

II Kings 5 tells the story of Naaman, the captain of the host of Syria, a man with a charmed life in every way until tragedy struck. "...but he was a leper." - II Kings 5:1 It's interesting to note that Syria's victory over Israel through Naaman's leadership was of God, according to the same… Continue reading Lives That Inspire: Naaman’s Little Maid

A Light in the Window

Part of my nightly routine is to call in our dog, Jessie. Part of her nightly routine is to travel round about the countryside, barking in chorus with coyotes, treeing raccoons, splashing in our creek, and generally having a wonderful doggy time. Eventually, she returns to her post as sentinel in our front yard, where… Continue reading A Light in the Window

Climbing Mountains, Herding Sheep

A few times each week, I climb a mountain, but I don't go anywhere. Well, maybe it's a mountain in my mind—the "mountain climb" program on my elliptical machine, actually. And even though I don't go anywhere other than the corner of my bedroom, climbing that mechanized mountain takes me places I wouldn't go otherwise.… Continue reading Climbing Mountains, Herding Sheep

God Giveth the Increase

My daughter is missions-minded. Not like I was as a child, with a vague idea of teaching flannelgraph Bible stories (remember those?) to little African children, but for real. She inspires and encourages me to get out of my do-gooder comfort zone and find ways to actually introduce the Lord to people. In an ideal… Continue reading God Giveth the Increase

Accepted in the Beloved

Feeling unlovable or "not enough" for God is a theme that seems to keep cropping up in blogs my daughter and I follow, particularly those of young women. How sad that any believer would feel unworthy of God's love! And I can only imagine how tragic the reasons for these feelings must be. My hope… Continue reading Accepted in the Beloved

A Still, Small Voice

Selective listening: that's my term for how I choose to listen to the words of others. For a mom, selective listening works handily. I whip out that tool on a daily basis when dealing with my eight-year-old. He has a habit of calling me from the school room upstairs while I am working in the… Continue reading A Still, Small Voice