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The Poles

When I was a little girl we lived in a house that had a second story addition. The addition was supported by two thin green poles. One night I heard my father say he had gone to “the pole.” I was perplexed: why would he go to the pole? It was dark outside; what did…

Changing Seasons

“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding….” (Proverbs 3:5, Amplified Bible) Late September. Chilly. Pouring rain. The season is changing from the heat of Summer to the chill of Autumn. I’m not a fan of hot and humid; I’m not…

Letting Go

“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:2, New Living Translation) A dear friend of mine shared her disappointment with her grown children. Family had…

Looking Forward

“…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward….” (Philippians 3:13 Amplified Bible) Recently I made the decision to stop looking backwards. I met Jesus in my late twenties. I didn’t grow up “churched”; my family celebrated Christmas and Easter with big meals and family gatherings, never in church. I remember attending a couple of Vacation Bible…

Little Faith

“Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:31, New American Standard Bible) Summer vacation. For me it means time at the beach, enjoying the soothing sound of waves while reading a good novel. The ultimate relaxation. Of course,…

The Plan

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21, English Standard Version) I had a plan. It was a plan to address a longstanding, worrisome concern. A goal with a God honoring route and an outcome that would definitely be in…

Trash Cans

“[Jesus] answered, ‘Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and [if it is God’s…

Drifting

“A man plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.” (Proverbs 16:9, Amplified Bible) A change of seasons. Sometimes I’m tempted to feel I “missed” my life, dreams unrealized. Yet, looking back, I know I spent my days doing “what [was] right in front of me.”…

Trudging Through Mud

“And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”(Galatians 6:9, Revised Standard Version.) It had been three long seasons, late evenings after work, early mornings, Saturdays … time away from the family pursuing a passion in a place were few were passionate about…

Because I Said So

“‘I [the Lord] know what I am doing. I have it all planned out….’” (Jeremiah 29:11a, The Message) Holding my one-month-old granddaughter I walked to the first staircase landing. “Hold onto the railing,” I said, turning to look over my shoulder. Her big (three-year-old) brother walked down behind us. “Why?” Having already had a couple…