BROKEN HEARTS

It breaks my heart, Lord, to see and hear all the anger and hatred from all sides these days. The world ridicules and demeans Christians. So-called Christians mock and vilify everyone outside their circle. Truth is, we’re all guilty and have a sin nature at our core. At the same time, most are decent and…

SURROUNDING GRACE

Grace surrounds us. On the most ordinary days and in the most ordinary ways, the Lord is pouring out His grace. We think of grace as that which forgave our sin and made our salvation possible.  That is true.  God’s grace was among the forces at work when He provided Jesus as Redeemer and Savior….

Lessons From My Puppy

I tend to learn from the everyday, common things that are around me, and I’ve been spending lots of quality time with our miniature schnauzer puppy.  Zoe will be four months old in a few days, and she’s been with us almost two of the four.  She is a pretty smart little puppy and has…

World Changers

I was reading in Matthew today and in chapter 11 Jesus talks about the Kingdom of Heaven forcefully advancing (NLT).  The Bible I’m using is the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible (NLT) with commentary by Jack Hayford. In his notes titled Kingdom Dynamics he says this: “Jesus defines the ‘violence’ of His Kingdom’s expansion by defining…

Meet Zoe

Wow, what a change at our house!  After being without a dog for five years, we now have Zoe.  She has definitely changed up the routine around here.  This first picture was taken the day we brought her home, but she is growing fast.  She will end up somewhere between 12 and 15 pounds probably…

Reflections

I love the end of the year.  We’ve celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, gathered, eaten good food, laughed, played, hugged, and eaten again.  It has been a good year, a really good year.  I relish the chance to remember the blessings. I also love looking forward to the new year that’s almost here.  What are the…

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Christmas is approaching!  I love this season…lights, music, movies, concerts, snow, cold, comfort, families gathered, traditions observed, and even the craziness of getting it all done.  But my favorite moments are the quiet ones…the times when I look at a manger scene and am struck all over again with the vastness and scope of God’s…