3 Simple Ways to Please God

When I was in college, I was caught up in external, visible displays of my faith. So much so, that I felt it was my calling to “check up” on the people in my circle of influence. I would often greet friends with, “Hi Lisa! How are you today? How was your quiet time?” And if she looked at me funny and said, “Quiet time? I didn’t have one today,”

When You Are So Empty, Your Heart Hurts

My son’s wallet was stolen, and he experienced the loss on many levels. Lost cash, lost Drivers License, lost time with his girlfriend. Lost time for me, too. Hanging out at the DMV all day is pretty much the opposite of how we wanted to spend one of our last days of summer. Standing for hours, sitting for hours in chairs that make your tush go to sleep, engaging (or trying not to engage) with people who are looking for a reason to argue. Just ugh! The trip to the DMV turned into two trips to two different offices. In all, we waited over 5 hours…for 3 minutes of service.

Do You Need to Know? It’s OK Not to Know

Our family watches something on TV and an actor or actress appears on the screen. We think, Hey… who is that? What were they in? It niggles at my brain and I need to know! So I pull up my trusty movie database app, and find out who it is and where we’ve seen them.

When is that package arriving? No problem. I check the online shipping schedule, and can know within a few hours when a package will arrive at my house.

Life Is The Classroom For Growing Godly Character

You’ve heard it. You may have even said it, “Praying for patience is dangerous, because the only way to learn it, is to be tested!” That’s part of growing Godly character, right? And then what happens? Yep, stuff. Lots of it. Who willingly asks God to test them? Do we really want to go through all of that? The truth is, if we want to develop godly character, we must be willing to “go to school” in order to learn it, and Life is our classroom. In fact, I think family is our homeroom. There is nothing quite like family… Read More ›

Laying Down The Conductors Baton

I love music! I always have. If it wasn’t piano lessons, it was band. If it wasn’t band, it was choir. At one point, I was a music education major. But I realized, although I loved music, I didn’t love it enough to make it my career. Or maybe I loved it too much to make it my career. 😉  In my music theory class, I learned the nuts and bolts of conducting music. Thirty years later,  I still direct any and all music that I believe is amazing. Yes … in my car, watching the opening sequence to “Blue Bloods,” sometimes even… Read More ›

WITHOUT Blood There Is No Forgiveness

“In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness,” (Hebrews 9:22). Have you ever given blood? Have you ever needed a blood transfusion? Has someone you cared about ever needed a blood transfusion? Without blood, we die. I gave blood for the first time about five years ago. I don’t know why I waited so long to do it. I’m not afraid of needles and have never had difficulty having my own blood drawn. But a situation came up, and blood was needed. I decided… Read More ›

How Will They Hear WITHOUT Someone Telling Them?

You’re at dinner with some friends. Or maybe you are standing in a long line at the grocery store. Maybe you are sitting next to someone at a football game. You might even be chatting on the couch with a family member. The conversation starts out light. But as time moves on, the topic changes from every-day stuff, to serious, and then you hear something like … I just don’t know if I can do this anymore. It’s too much. Every time I turn on the news I hear about tragedy after tragedy. Will it ever get any better? My kids… Read More ›