Christian Life

Am I Doing this right?

Remember the student so eager to please the teacher that she would frequently show him her paper and ask, “Am I doing this right?” Or the child in the swimming pool calling out, “Mom……Mom…….MOM!!” because he wants her approval for the amazing thing he has just done. Was that you or someone you knew growing up? Sometimes I am like that with God. I take a step in the direction

Read More

Music of the Heart

Do you ever hear certain music and immediately get transformed to another time or place where you’ve heard the song before? Whenever I hear “Til There Was You” from Music Man I remember the first dance with my husband at our wedding (yes I know I’m dating myself). Or the special song from my son’s or daughter’s wedding. Or lullabies I used to sing to them when they were babies.

Read More

Floating in Water

Some people have difficulty floating in water. They awkwardly fumble around, trying to lay on their back in the water without sinking. They wave their arms back and forth in the water trying to support themselves. They lean their head back farther and tense their spine. To no avail. The harder they struggle, the more elusive the task becomes.  Not me. I’m a natural born floater. It’s one of my

Read More
Proverbs 4:12

Falling Down

Recently I helped my husband move an outdoor grill up a flight of stairs to the upper deck of our lakehouse. What I really mean to say is that he basically pushed it up the stairs as I kept it straight and backed up slowly one step at a time. At one point my legs were so weak they began to wobble, and I knew I was about to fall

Read More

What Do I Know?

Do you ever feel like you’re messing up a lot and wonder how Jesus could love someone like that? Well that’s where I am this week.  Nothing earth-shattering but the negative conversations going on in my mind have gotten the best of me. I’m frustrated that I let myself listen to those words in my head that tell me I’ll never measure up. I’ll never be enough. I’ll never get

Read More

For Better or For Worse

My husband and I have been married for more than 30 years.  Along the way we have been through many ups and downs. Some easy, happy times and some very hard, devastating times. Although we are the same people we were when we married, we’ve both grown and changed over the years. So if you think you’ll get used to your spouse after a year or two and then it

Read More

The Trouble with Being Blessed

Recently I was visiting a friend who is dealing with serious health issues and before leaving I asked how I could be praying for her. She gave me a few things to pray for regarding her illness. Then she asked how she could pray for me. In a nanosecond I mentally assessed my current life and said I am blessed, but could she pray for “so-and-so” about “such-and-such“. On the

Read More

Mend the Fences

So you’ve just had a fuss with a close friend or family member. A conversation that starts as a calm discussion turns into an angry quarrel. A phone call that begins like an easy chat quickly spirals out of control. Maybe what you said seemed right in the moment, even necessary, but what can you do when the disagreement has put a wedge in your relationship? How can you tear

Read More