As a teenager, I often cringed when the announcement was made that an upcoming service would include time for testimonies. Admittedly, I still struggle – or even cringe – with these services. These days, I can be crippled by unexplained anxiety for any type of open forum public speaking. Not just in church services but… Read More Reason to Give Testimony
Last night we met friends for the last outdoor concert of the summer season. We look forward to these evenings – for the music, the great weather and, especially, for the time to catch up with our friends. Social media and texting are good but nothing beats some face to face conversation. Just sayin. It… Read More Looking Back – Yes? or No?
It seems different topics come (and go) in waves. You hear it mentioned it once, twice and, suddenly, every conversation, post, and even sermon is about that topic. Some of that might simply be in my head but I do think “buzzwords” are a real thing. I even looked up the definition – “a word… Read More Don’t Just Talk About It
GiddyUp Junction….that’s where I’ve been all week. It has been VBS week at our church. Seems a bit late in the season but it was a good way to finish up the summer and prepare for the new school year – which is, somehow, already here. The theme, this year, was cowboy/western and took place… Read More Not Again?!?
On Fridays, I join the Five Minute Friday link-up. It is a good challenge – mentally and with my writing. Writing without overthinking and without (too much) editing. (The idea of zero editing is way too much for me.) Sometimes, it is good to process thoughts and ideas without the overthinking that comes so naturally… Read More Avoiding the Trap of Becoming Distant
The struggle is real. I think it’s a sentiment that all of us can identify with – some days more often than others! Often it is used just to acknowledge and/or to agree with someone’s bad day. Even a simple “bad hair day.” Other times, the challenges are more complex but, the truth is, we constantly… Read More My Spirit is Willing, but…..
Take time to be holy. The first thought that came to mind with this week’s prompt, TAKE, at Five Minute Friday. A hymn from the late 1800s – with encouragement and so much practical wisdom….still for us today. GO – The Bible tells us to “be ye holy” just as Christ is holy (I Peter… Read More Take Time to Be Holy
One of my favorite verses – my life verse, you might say, is I Peter 1:7…”That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” That verse contains so… Read More Not of This World
The prompt for Five Minute Friday this week is: QUESTION. There are so many penetrating questions throughout the Bible. For instance, when Jesus asks the adulteress woman, “Where are your accusers?” Or when He asks the lame man waiting by the pool if he wants to be healed, or the many times He rebukes the… Read More Will You Walk Away?
Puzzles seem to have a huge appeal among seniors. No doubt, there are folks of all ages that enjoy puzzles but they do seem to be exceptionally popular among my senior friends. At the assisted living, there is always a puzzle in the works – its pieces laid out with care and by design –… Read More Life is Full of Puzzles