Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

05 21, 2022

I love my husband and family, but over the past week, I’ve had the rare treat of having the house all to myself. (Well, I’ve been sharing it with the cat. Or he’s been sharing it with me. Depends on which one of us you ask.) Several ...more»

Forgiving the Debt That Can't Be Paid

03 26, 2022

Our truck was stolen a few weeks ago. Funny how we react to things. I got up one morning, looked out at the driveway and saw a big empty space where I expected to see a pickup. I would have expected to feel angry and violated. Instead, I just thought, “Huh,” and went ...more»

Titus, Trucks and Potato Peel Pie (and lots of other stuff) - Part 5

02 18, 2022

As I wrap up with Titus today, the rubber really hits the road. This is the first time I’ve ever done a week-long blogging blitz, and will probably be the last. (If you’ve read through all of them, wow! Thank you!) It’s just that there’s so much in Paul’s letter to Titus that’s timeless and so very relevant. With the ever-evolving theories about COVID-19, restrictions and mandates, and all the ...more»

Titus, Trucks and Potato Peel Pie (and lots of other stuff) - Part 4

02 17, 2022

There are so many things I enjoy about the book, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. The title, for starters. And the dry British humor and unexpected bits that make me laugh out loud, like the description of Juliet and Kit playing “dead bride”. (Makes you want to read the book just to find out what that is, doesn’t it?) The setting ...more»

Titus, Trucks and Potato Peel Pie (and lots of other stuff) - Part 3

02 16, 2022

When I started reading Titus, I watched the Bible Project’s overview of the book (well, it’s a letter really, but let’s not quibble), and something they said stands out in these days of COVID and mandates and protests. “The gospel must prove itself in the public square.” If the gospel’s transformative power is going to ...more»

Titus, Trucks and Potato Peel Pie (and lots of other stuff) - Part 2

02 15, 2022

I used to be a big fan of the Canadian TV series, “The Murdoch Mysteries”. Period murder mysteries are one of my favorite types of book or show, and what got us hooked on Murdoch right from the get-go was the way new inventions and historical figures from ...more»

Titus, Trucks and Potato Peel Pie (and lots of other stuff) - Part 1

02 14, 2022

When it comes to self-control, chocolate is my kryptonite. Once in a while, my husband reminds me that there are actually other flavors. To which I reply, “Well, yeah. But why?” I try not to keep a lot of it in the house, because it calls to me and I have a hard time ignoring its siren song. When I give in, I know I should slow down and savor it. But, truth be told, when it comes to how I eat chocolate, I probably resemble Cookie Monster a lot more than I care ...more»

Prayer as Posture

01 30, 2022

What comes to mind when you think of prayer? Talking to God? Listening to God? The Lord’s Prayer? Other prayers that you learned and recited? Off-the-cuff prayers? Saying ...more»

Getting Ready for Christmas

12 14, 2021

A few years ago, I read about a church holding a “Blue Christmas” service. Taking place sometime in mid-December, the service was offered to those who were grieving or hurting or otherwise feeling a disconnect with the “festive season”. More and more, I think it’s a good idea. I love Christmas, but it can also be a painful time of year for so many people and so many reasons. This will be a hard Christmas for a lot of ...more»

Have Yourself a Messy Christmas

11 27, 2021

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. Usually by now, our tree is up, the house is decorated, and I’m starting to wonder whether the stash of gingerbread cookies in the freezer will actually last until Christmas. And if you have an aversion to Christmas music before December, you’ll want to give our house a wide berth. Yup. We’re those people. For various reasons, though, I’m finding it all hollow this year. Maybe you are, too. The headlines ...more»