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Listening Well

Sometimes I listen well. Like the time Eloise, my 88-year-old mother-in-law stubbornly refused to see the doctor. Wrapped in her red fleece cover, feet propped up on her short cane stool with jaw set, she listened to her favorite game show in her eat-in kitchen. She flatly refused to see the doctor about her worsening…

Ask

“…inquire of God, that we may know ….” (Judges 18:5, New King James Version) Lydia and Steve are church friends. With her bright red hair, big smile and warm, outgoing personality I was surprised – and thankful! – to learn that she’s an engineer and a “computer person.” When she says “call me anytime” she…

This Doesn’t Feel Like Exercise, Does It?

“…there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.”(Proverbs 18:24b, Amplified Bible) “This doesn’t feel like exercise, does it?” the fit, perky blond asked. She wore a yellow top with her black exercise pants. The class, a group of trim women of varies ages, heights, and builds, all wore…

The Magnificent Gift

“‘…I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you.’” (John 14:16 Contemporary English Version) I had been given a magnificent gift. It was given to me at great cost, an expense far greater than I could ever imagine. Too large to pack, yet I…

A Face of Love

“‘…the Lord God…will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you…’” (1Chronicles 28:c) When I think of the face of love, I see a mom with her baby, a volunteer in a soup kitchen, a small child offering a proudly made gift…. At the beach I saw another face. An older couple…

When I Let Go

“Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.” (Revelation. 3:20 Amplified Bible) Through the sadness of a friend struggling with the same issue (in disguise) I came to…

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…

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.”…

Listening

“Seek His face continually.” (Psalm 105:4b, New American Standard Bible) I wanted a couple new hand towels for the guest bathroom. Family was staying with us while they waited to close on their new home. The towels I originally bought (not the best to begin with) were starting to show their age. And somehow there…

Housecleaning

“Yet, the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love….” (Isaiah 30:18a, The Living Bible) There seem to be two different philosophies on housecleaning: the “on-going” philosophy and the “event” philosophy. Since opposites seem to attract, most households have one person in each philosophical camp. I can…