The things we take for granted

Starbucks. It is no secret I love the place. When I go in, they greet me by name. They have my order ready before I get to the counter. They know where I work, and that Friday is my hardest day. They know which football team I like, and it is a topic of conversation [...]

Grocery lines to phone lines

"I'm going to head out now, so I can get there when they open and get on home." I mention this on my way out the door, to my husband, already in "telecommute" mode of this first day of our self-quarantine. Me? I was on a mission. Bleach. Birthday cards. Stamps. Come into contact with [...]

His first best friend

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 “You’re his best friend. That’s why.” I looked at my curly-headed son, a little confused, and asked him how so...this response was what he exclaimed: “Well, duh! Because you are mine!” But how could I be? I was his [...]

Are you “nuts” every day?

There are three things that amaze me-no, four things I don't understand; how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. Proverbs 30:18-19 Yes. A card. With the word “nuts” on it. And you know what. Many would [...]

Forgive them Father

Make allowances for each other's faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, The Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 Did you know that forgiveness is the highest form of mercy and love? It is also one of the hardest things to do. When we forgive someone that hurt us, we often [...]

The spirit of love

"For the whole law can be summed up in this command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14 It has been said when discussing the act of finding love, that the secret to loving another person is to love oneself first. Some may see this as selfish, but when looking at the command "to love [...]

A friend to the lonely

"I don't want to go to school! I.Dont.Want.To!" This wasn't a cry I hadn't heard before from this child. In fact, it's often uttered daily. He doesn't want to get dressed. He mumbles and grumbles many days all the way through the morning routine. But this cry was different. It was a gut-wrenching cry that [...]

A living example?

Something I've been pondering lately: Can empathy be taught? As I talk and talk, and guide and guide; even pray for others to make wise choices. To think of another's perspective, I often wonder if being intentional and considering the hearts of others is a skill that can be learned. Some days it seems downright [...]

Love that “sticks”

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, doesn't have a swelled head, doesn't force itself on others, isn't always "me first," doesn't fly off the handle. Doesn't keep score of the sins of others. Doesn't revel when others grovel. Takes [...]

Love that simply gives

"I filled it up. There are more left, but I stopped at 316." 316? "Yes. 316 mints." A jar. Filled to the top with 316 mints counted out by my daughter. "You know. For John 3:16-For God so loved the world He gave...and you are giving." Or so I thought. They, however, were never given. [...]