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A Merciful Reflection

A friend once brought me a cup of coffee as a good will gesture. This task did not require extensive research or much effort but it was never the less a kind and thoughtful act. This random act of kindness happened over four years ago, and I had for a long time forgotten it , and yet as I began to learn more and more about mercy the memory returned. See, my reaction to the gesture was one of confusion…

A message to men from Hannah

A pastor friend of mine told me that he liked my But there are a lot of things that men can be married to besides a woman... work... golf... buddies...

A woman needs to know her man loves her above all others. When a man spends long hours at work, at a hobby, working out, with 'the boys' then there needs to be a priority adjustment if the marriage is going to work.

When ...Elkanah sacrificed,…

A Million Opportunities to Be Double-minded

It is never a matter of if I will struggle, but rather a question of when. When I do, the challenge then becomes whether it will drive me to God or to what I know - my self-reliance. When I have faced challenges lately I run to God instead of defaulting to my own mechanisms. I finally realized these challenges God has allowed in my life are to show me where my heart is in my relationship with Him.

A Moment with God

If we own some form of elctronic organizer, a low-tech day planner or a no-tech pocket calendar, we may be held hostage to a whirlwind schedule of meetings, ballgames, church activities, work projects, and anything else that can be squeezed into the alloted space and twenty-four hours of time.

We schedule time for all of it: jobs, kids, shopping, exercise, organizations to help the community,…

A More Inconvenient Truth

As a mom trying to teach my children what's most important in life, I felt I had to climb on my soapbox this week. (An environmentally safe, no-phosphorous soap, of course.)

It's impossible to turn on the news, open a paper or even pull up your homepage these days without being slapped in the face with dire warnings about global warming. Now, not being a scientist, yet not trusting many scientists,…

A Perfect Fit

While living in Bellville, Ohio, in 1991 we rented a place on Main Street that had a side porch that was screened in. I asked my landlord if he would mind if I converted it into a golf shop. He said that he had no problem with that so I did. Christian Custom Golf opened to very little fanfare but several customers. After a few weeks the shop was doing reasonably well. People were enamored with…

A physician analyzes the crucifixion

This piece never fails to make me cry as I read exactly what happened to Jesus that long ago Passover. He suffered so much, but looked past the pain and all the shame to the joy beyond the cross specifically for you and for me. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below. This is the day the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

(Originally published…

A Proper View of Self

We live in a culture and society that is consumed with self. Self-help books sell left and right, and they even have their own section in the local bookstore. Many are preoccupied with helping themselves to become all that they can be. Yet their error and the error which the books propagate is that the answer to change and growth can be found in us. The Bible doesn't teach this at all, and it…

A Proposal Worth Refusing

A friend of mine asked me to marry him. I get proposed to on a yearly basis. No, I'm not joking, and yes, the proposals are serious. I have great male friends who I have known for years who want to marry me, but I say no. They are great men who treat me like a queen but they are not Christians and the bible is not their standard and since our standards differ they are not the men for me. This however,…

A Rainbow of Attitudes

The mirror in our bathroom has an interesting frame. Instead of being framed by something traditional like wood or metal, or not having any frame at all, it is framed by a two inch strip of beveled mirror. It makes for a rather striking appearance adding a nice touch to a room that is traditionally the second most used room in the house.

The other morning while standing near the mirror while…

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