Thoughts about Treasured Fruits

God gives me LOVE -so fear must go And with His JOY, strength overflows He gives such PEACE the world cannot know and LONGSUFFERING to pursue great hope He trades His GENTLENESS for my rage so GOODNESS can follow me all my days sure FAITH to know He carries my need and MEEKNESS instead  of pride and greed…

Our new addition- “Cola”

Last week we went to the shelter and looked at dogs.  Our friend Tim is a dog trainer and encouraged us to get a puppy that was young enough to train and connect with our family.  He had already seen the 3 1/2  month old German shepherd/black lab mix and waited for us to walk…

Prayer for My Beautiful Bethany

Dear Lord, on Thursday, Bethany turns 17.  Thinking about that makes me want to laugh and cry all at the same time.  I’m so proud of her.  I can still see her as a newborn, so helpless and fragile.  All of the qualities I saw in her as a child are there now, just magnified….

The “Forgotten” One

In the crowded, dirty street she sits most days. She’s only seven, but as alone as one could be in this world. The sounds of Kampala, Uganda is all she’s ever known. Dirty, ragged mess would be the words used to describe her. Those that see her are forced to avoid her hollow eyes. They…

It Was You

Have you ever read a really good book and been totally blown away by the ending?  I picture our lives like this. We’re in the middle of the book after the first few chapters and have way more questions than answers; the plot thickens and characters take on personalities.  Conflicts arise. Single chapters of a…

What is it Going to Take?

What does it take for me to trust God? My mind has been contemplating the ongoing incremental decisions that are involved in trusting God everyday, every minute in life; the renewal and focus of our minds off of us, and on Christ; a purposeful acknowledgement that God has His loving hands on/in our lives.  The apostle Paul,…

A Tribute to Adier, a “Lost Boy of Sudan”

The sunny cheerful cloudless sky Hides the coming genocide As villagers in South Sudan Face terror in their war-torn land Is there hope? Is there hope in this? The pitter pat of children’s feet Once beautiful, now bittersweet Alone and running for their life No mother to calm her baby’s cry Is there hope? Where…

The Trio “Speaks”

The jury heard the “evidence” of twisted truth and blame To believe that God is real, is kin to fairy tales and games Is that all?  Is there more?  Can the defense present a word? Disappointment wafts through the room- Fear is felt;almost heard But with walking cane and blinded eyes, Faith takes the witness seat…

Trapped in Freedom?

Have you ever felt trapped by circumstances beyond your control?  I’m guessing everyone would say “yes” to that question.  Why is it then, when we are faced with that kind of situation in our lives that we sometimes feel alone?  Maybe this is a tool of the enemy to distract us from seeking the truth…

“The Hiding Place”

Today, Brooke and I finally finished “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom.  Through tears and sobs, I read about Corrie dealing with the death of her sister while in the concentration camp.  Her sister Betsie had a hope of helping people see God’s love for them, even the prison guards, until her last breath….