The desert is a desolate place. It's dry. It's dusty. It's either miserably hot or bitterly cold--there is rarely a mild day. To top it off, there is a minimal vegetation as far as the eye can see. Any visible plants include shrubs, succulents, palms or spindly Joshua Trees (in certain parts of the world).… Continue reading Lessons from the Wilderness: Scripture Writing Plan October 2022
Arise & Build! Scripture Writing Plan October 2021
"But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and… Continue reading Arise & Build! Scripture Writing Plan October 2021
Trust in the Lord: September 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
The last two years have been quite the "adventure." Usually, adventure triggers images of excitement or glamour, but there is also the little matter of discomfort and even danger---near-death experiences, large bugs, deadly snakes, dehydration. diseases. Adventure is not all it's cracked up to be. I remember lamenting the lack of exciting historical events as… Continue reading Trust in the Lord: September 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
Riding out the Storm
Hail violently pelted my car. Knuckles white and body tensed, I gripped the steering wheel, gently apply pressure to the gas. I expected a window to bust out at any moment. I couldn’t find any place to safely shelter. Cars sat stubbornly beneath the overpasses, leaving anyone stuck behind them with nowhere to go. My… Continue reading Riding out the Storm
Pandemic and Panic vs. Perspective and Prayer
According to the CDC, roughly 56,000 people die from the flu each year.
According to the NHTSA, 36,560 people died in car accidents in 2019.
At the present time, there have been 12 deaths from Coronavirus in the U.S.
Yes, you read that correctly: that’s a two-digit twelve without any additional zeros.
It’s possible that the virus could become a pandemic. It’s possible that more will die. It’s possible that the fears are legitimate, but that could have been the case with Ebola, SARS, MERS, etcetera.
I could panic…
…Or I could face the fact that death could come at me in other ways—car accident, tornado, cancer, flu, etc.
Some things are just beyond my control. It's time to accept our limitations.
In Whom or in What do we Truly Trust?
Who or what is your “safe place”?
Who or what gives you a sense of security?
It’s easy to pay lip service to God while we place our trust in earthly supports.
How Do We Respond to Challenges?
The kids and I are currently reading through Numbers. We've already tackled the first three books of the Pentateuch and they are well-acquainted with the Israelites' litany of complaints since their departure from Egypt. Shaking our heads in disgust at their obvious lack of faith is a knee-jerk reaction. However, if we are looking into God's word like a mirror, we may see some glaring (and disturbing) similarities in ourselves!
Lessons from Parenting a Child with an Atypical Disorder
Before having children, I knew little about Autism, ADHD, or even how food affects behavior. Children, I have discovered, require us to participate in continuing education. I've attended seminars, poured over books, and worked almost as feverishly as I did during my undergraduate years. One of my children has a disorder that doctors have yet… Continue reading Lessons from Parenting a Child with an Atypical Disorder
You are here… for such a time as this
As a young adolescent, I remember thinking that I had been born in the wrong era. I imagined that I would have fared well as a young adult during World War II, listening to big band music and supporting the war effort overseas. I remember as a teenager in the 90s feeling lost among the… Continue reading You are here… for such a time as this
The deceitful and cruel nature of humanity molds many of us into skeptics. We have no desire to be duped into evil schemes. Investing, for example, often feels like an exercise riddled with doubts. Experts tell you to hang on to your Mutual Funds for 20 years and they will yield a decent increase. All… Continue reading Dangerous Doubts