Chariots of Fire

In II Kings 6, Elisha and his servant wake up  to the realization that in the night they were surrounded by Syrian horses, chariots and a great host.  (I have woken with similar feelings 🙂 This is quite bleak; not a great way to start your day.  I honestly identify with Elisha’s servant.  He sees…

Closet Cleaning

Today was the day…I’m not even sure why…the day to tackle the mess no one sees; drawers, closets, kitchen cabinets. (and I only made it through three rooms) Maybe today I felt like I had enough strength to make decisions like “what in the world do you do with this?” It became quite comical (just…

Sing Like a Bird!

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.” Don’t we overrate answers?  Life is full of questions.  If we think about it, we are constantly searching for answers as we face new situations.  It really is a never-ending cycle.  I realize that if I am waiting for some…

No-bake Lessons

Have you ever heard of no-bake cookies?  Yes, even the name makes it so appealing…no baking.  This sounds easy, quick and right up my alley.  When you see the ingredients, you will be even more excited.  Cocoa, butter….how can this be topped?  Here is the clincher, you have to time this cooking on the stove-top…

Thy John by Amy Carmichael

I love this poem.  As you read it, you can imagine all of the beautiful, refreshing moments reflecting a life in Christ…like empty shells in the sea being filled, water lilies speaking of peace, birds singing His praise…God speaks to us, if we will but listen. Thy John As John upon his dear Lord’s breast,So…

The Paradox of Faith Living

Lyrics “The Paradox” Verse 1 How can broken hearts display the deepest love And those with shattered dreams reflect the face of God How can empty vessels be so full of hope And feeble hands lend strength, I do not know Chorus This is the paradox of faith living The paradox of living by faith…

Truth and Emotion

Truth and emotion seem like warring nations to my “hormonal” self.  I know truth “should” win, right? But sometimes in my life, it doesn’t.  I give all the “ammunition” to emotion.  It’s just easier.  It’s what I feel like doing. Confusion sets in.  Truth, emotion, truth, emotion?  What to do? Hey,…where did this “ammunition” come from anyway? I…

Congrats to my “baby” boy

It’s Saturday.  I’ve had a moment to breathe (and do some house-work) and think about the last few weeks.  My little baby boy (ok…he’s not a baby, he’s 17), but he graduated from high school this past weekend.   So many emotions are involved in this celebration.  It’s been like being on a boat in the sea,…

Acceptance

Jordan was explaining to me the process in which people in general deal with difficult circumstances.  The process is:  denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.  To be honest, I haven’t given much thought to the actual process, but the last word “acceptance” keeps lingering in my mind.  In a book called “Respectable Sins”, Jerry Bridges highlights…

The root of…forgiveness?

Today Brooke and I began reading together the book called “The Hiding Place”.  Corrie ten Boom is a survivor of Nazi brutality.  It’s hard to go on through the rest of my day and not give thought to this story; this peice of history.  I find most amazing that it is the story of such cruelty…