A Little Perspective

My father was born in 1917, during a time when the first World War was taking a toll on many people in our nation. He survived the Spanish Flu, the world’s most deadly global health pandemic. He lived his teenage years in the midst of the Great Depression. He was drafted into the U.S. ArmyContinue reading “A Little Perspective”

God Loves Women

I recently read an article which appeared to encourage women to disengage from the church, stating that the Bible depicts God as believing women are second-class citizens on this earth, that they are somehow “less than” their male counterparts. The author of the article even went so far as to add several facts regarding theContinue reading “God Loves Women”

The Imperfect Person’s Guide to a Perfect Christmas

We all work so hard to create the perfect Christmas celebrations for our families, only to be reminded that we are far from perfect. I seemed to have had a more-than-normal amount of mishaps this past Christmas. I made a pie that turned out HORRIBLE – had to trash it. I tried a new recipeContinue reading “The Imperfect Person’s Guide to a Perfect Christmas”

Like Peter

I was in my mid-twenties, attending a business function in Kansas City, MO. I sat down for breakfast with several other women whom I had just met the day before. They were discussing a conversation that had taken place with another woman, mocking¬†her for her “overzealous” religious beliefs. I sat quietly, eating my breakfast. OneContinue reading “Like Peter”

The Gathering Place

If my house caught fire, assuming everyone was safely out and I had only a few minutes to retrieve a few material possessions, I would head straight for my boxes of old photographs and for the boxes that contain a few small items which belonged to, or were given to me by, loved ones. AContinue reading “The Gathering Place”

A Closer Look

I have come to the point in my life where I want to see things more clearly. I want to take the time to look closely at whatever I find at any given moment. I want to appreciate life more, not just the big things, but also the small things, in their tiniest details. ItContinue reading “A Closer Look”

More Than Just a Bowl

This just looks like an empty bowl to you,¬†but it’s so much more than that to me. When I pull this bowl out of my kitchen cabinet, I can smell the butter melting over my mom’s homemade mashed potatoes. I can see the steam rising from her home-canned green beans. I can almost taste herContinue reading “More Than Just a Bowl”

Answering the Call

Soon after my son, Zack, was paralyzed from a rare spinal cord stroke at age 16, he felt a calling from God that his future would be in some sort of ministry. The months and years following his paralysis proved quite difficult and, yet, there were obvious signs at every turn that God had plansContinue reading “Answering the Call”