Thoughtful Gifts 

Thoughtful Gifts 

Ugly sweaters, white elephant gifts – our creative culture has figured out a way to make the worst gifts useable. Not valuable. Useable.  Each of us can probably think of at least one gift we received in our lifetime which was a disappointment. It was not what we wanted. A friend shared that she and […]

Consider Your Words

Consider Your Words

Each summer for the last thirty-seven years I’ve had the privilege of serving a week or two at a girls’ camp in Illinois. While fun, it is quite a bit of work. But God’s blessings overflow and for Him, I keep going back summer after summer. A major component of our camping program is singing. […]

The Joy of Trees

The Joy of Trees

Have you ever noticed how many times trees are mentioned in the Bible? BibleGateway brings up 269 references for the word tree. (Don’t worry. I’ll just mention a few.) Trees figured prominently in Creation as God made trees bearing fruit and seed for future trees. Genesis 2:9 states that “out of the ground the Lord God made […]

Summer Encouragement

Summer Encouragement

Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”   […]

But, What Can I Do?

But, What Can I Do?

Do you want to be more compassionate? Look at the list of synonyms for this word: pitying, sympathetic, empathetic, understanding, caring, concerned, solicitous, sensitive, tenderhearted, softhearted, warmhearted, warm, loving, tender, gentle, merciful, lenient, tolerant, considerate, thoughtful, kind, kindly, kindhearted, humanitarian, humane, charitable, benevolent,  good-natured, well disposed, big-hearted My definition includes giving grace. I want to show grace to people, which means I need to think deeper than what I see. A coworker recently came into my office and was concerned that […]

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

Heavenly Father, Thank You for my pastor’s family. Thank You for blessing them with three children, three unique children. Thank You for allowing us the privilege of watching these children grow and even giving us the opportunities to pour into their lives through AWANA and Sunday School. Or just smiling at them as we pass […]

Pot Luck

Pot Luck

Pot Luck /ˌpätˈlək/ noun -used in reference to a situation in which one must take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable. -a meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish. One of the benefits of a small-town or rural church is the potluck meals. […]

We Like Sheep

We Like Sheep

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. […]