Taking a Break

Summer Time and the Living Is ...

Recently, an article that ran in The Wall Street Journal entitled “Lazy Does It” suggested 50 ways to help you over-achieve this summer when it comes to under-achievement. Included were several ideas for looking laid back while maintaining some air of chic: Cover-ups to go from deck chairs to dinner (somehow I don’t think I […]

Dream Chasers

During this graduation season, high school and college students across the land are hearing plenty of speeches about reaching further in pursuit of their dreams. Often, the messaging is about the students’ ability to do whatever he sets his mind to do. Well, we who study the Bible know human effort has a lot to […]

What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Gardening has always been one of my passions in life.  For 39 years I planned, planted, fertilized, and pruned my flower beds, checking almost daily to see what new growth had emerged or what needed to be deadheaded, eagerly anticipating the next season’s splash of color.  Moving to a condominium complex where I am no […]

The Un-Valentine

What did your Valentine’s Day look like? Expectations run high on that special day. Flowers? A red heart-shaped satin box of candy? A candle-lit dinner at your favorite restaurant? Or a hand-crafted treasure? We all want to know that we’re cherished. And the florists, card shops, retailers, and restaurants are ready to offer assistance. On the […]

Walking with Jesus through 2017

 “God’s eternal love for us is the fountain from whence all his mercies flow to us; and that love of God is great love, and that mercy is rich mercy. And every sinner is a saved sinner; delivered from sin and wrath. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God; […]

Who Am I?

This week we’re sharing a testimony written by a 20-year-old college student who was floundering regarding her identity as both a young woman and as a believer before she began to work through The Cry of the Hidden Heart with a mentor.  Four weeks into the study, the fog started to lift as once again […]


I used to look down my nose (literally) at those “Co-Exist” bumper stickers because my mind has always gone to the big push for tolerance — tolerance of every stripe and color and doctrine. In other words, line up all your belief systems on the shelf and pick one; they’re all equal. But lately, it’s […]

A Memorable Gift

 “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession. And through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” II Corinthians 2:14 If you haven’t yet found that perfect gift for your beloved or other dear ones, here’s a thought: a fragrance. I understand this is not a new […]

From Rust to Riches

As I walked into the “Rusted Chandelier” last week I was met with an overwhelming sense of intimidation and fear. First of all, the shop’s name belies its wares; there is no rusted chandelier. The shiny baubles and sparkles, twinkling lights and my favorite, the rows and rows of gorgeous ribbons, were fabulous. But at […]