July 23, 2018

Exquisitely Suited

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he […]

One Last Gasp

A few nights ago, I passed through the room where my husband sat watching television. I stopped and stood mesmerized – gripped by the depiction of a woman drowning. It was so graphic that I had a sense of struggle within me as I saw her fight against the sea that wouldn’t let her surface. […]

Beasts In The Kingdom

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, … Genesis 3:1,2 Scripture is a masterpiece of understating and […]

Difficult Scriptures – John 3:1-5

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said […]

David vs. The Rich Young Ruler

Oswald Chambers asks, “Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Himself?” “Yes, Lord, I am.” I will admit that my answer came so readily because God’s been hammering away at me for months to get me to see the distinction in a personal way. How often I pick the […]

Raspberry Wars–Remaining Fruit

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit … John 15:5 NIV You did not choose Me, but I chose you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain … John 15:16 NAS I’d been […]

Raspberry Wars, Part Two: Kindness

“I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” – Charles Schultz I stood at the gate of my raspberry garden admiring the beauty of the place. I’d been working diligently there for months and it showed. The plants were green and well watered, the ground uncluttered, the perimeters trim and the berries a deep magenta. […]

Help! For Help?

Editor’s note: The following comment was recently posted to an essay we ran called Those Who Dance Are Considered To Be Insane By Those Who Cannot Hear The Music. Here is what Help? wrote: I wish I knew God like you do….Could hear His voice. I feel like an Israelite, sitting in the camp, waiting […]

Raspberry Wars, Part One: Healing

The dinner dishes on the counter would have to wait. Recent events made me feel desperate for my raspberry garden. Two yellow Labradors knocked me off balance as I bent to pick up my pail outside the back door and descended the steps into the expanse of grass. The dogs rolled and tumbled across the […]

What Is My Portion?

“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 One of my daughters has travelled to more than a dozen countries in the last year, sometimes for work, sometimes […]