All In for Him

All In for Him

During many years of serving on staff at a summer camp for girls, God has given me many illustrations and taught me His truth through them. I’d like to share one with you. The swimming pool is a favorite spot for many campers and staff especially during those really hot and humid days of July […]

Pursue, Discover, Ask

Pursue, Discover, Ask

For many people, mentoring is not a rigid or scheduled process. However, it is intentional. My pastor’s wife, Cara, shared with me about her relationship with a lady in our church which helped her as a new pastor’s wife (we are their first church), as a new mother (her son Max was three months old), […]

Lessons from an Old Barn

Lessons from an Old Barn

Driving into Iowa from Illinois on Interstate 80, you enter an area designated as Smokestacks and Silos National Heritage. Despite all the commercial buildings along the Interstate, I love to look for the beautiful farms that dot the countryside. On a recent trip I saw a very large barn with a unique silhouette. It had […]

What Did You Expect?

What Did You Expect?

Life rarely turns out the way we expect it to turn out. How often do we say, “It wasn’t supposed to be this way?” We just finished a Thanksgiving holiday which was nothing like we expected. We aren’t sure what to expect for Christmas.  Why are we surprised when things don’t turn out the way […]

Time to Relax

Time to Relax

Earlier this week, I lost a filling in my tooth, but I was able to get it replaced this morning at the dentist. I don’t know about you, but I find myself tensing up whenever I sit in the dentist chair even if it is only for a cleaning. Today’s procedure wasn’t painful. It wasn’t […]

Open Our Eyes, Lord

Open Our Eyes, Lord

I recently watched a documentary on Fanny Crosby. Born in 1820, Fanny had an eye infection as a baby and a man who claimed to be a doctor, but was not, treated her incorrectly, causing permanent blindness. However, Fanny was an exceptional child and learned to excel despite her handicap. The most fascinating part to […]