Creative Hospitality During a Pandemic

Creative Hospitality During a Pandemic

In a year that has built more walls than bridges, the mission of the Church is never-changing. God’s clarion call to reach the lost and love our neighbor remains the same, in spite of circumstances. Fear of the unknown can be a great paralyzer that immobilizes those who normally would be productive and effective. Yet, […]

Feeding Us the Bread of Eternal Life

Feeding Us the Bread of Eternal Life

I threw up a prayer in frustration, “Lord, just help me find it!” I couldn’t find my Bible study workbook. I knew that I had the preschooler entertained for a few minutes, and I wanted to sit with a candle and my cup of coffee and dig into my Bible. But I knew I wouldn’t […]

A New Flute

A New Flute

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 Not so long ago, I wanted a new flute for Christmas. I’ve played […]

Hope Rises When You Know What Comes Next

Hope Rises When You Know What Comes Next

Every spring the weather app on my phone suddenly becomes an object of intense scrutiny. I’m longing for the sunshine, the spring temperatures, and for trees and flowers to bud. After a cold, dark winter the thoughts of sunshine on my skin and watching the earth come back to life fill me with anticipation. So […]

Remember

Remember

11 Seek the Lord and his strength;     seek his presence continually! 12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,     his miracles and the judgments he uttered… 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 (emphasis mine) At the beginning of a new year, some people like to choose a focus word for the year ahead. While I have never […]

Hope for Married Sinners 

Hope for Married Sinners 

We had finished supper, nearing the end of a long day. Two children were on my husband’s lap with the third vying for a spot. From across the table I asked, “Do you feel like our marriage is seasoned?” He looked at me with a bizarre expression, wondering what I meant. “Seasoned relative to what?” […]

The Refuge of Love

The Refuge of Love

Psalm 5 11But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;     let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them,     that those who love your name may exult in you. 12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;     you cover him with favor as with a shield. I am a romantic. I’m […]