Hope for the Hospitalized

It’s easy to follow quarantine guidelines until your loved one is sick. You know you’re not supposed to travel due to the pandemic, but this is an emergency. Isn’t it? Doubts creep in and you wonder if the Emergency Room is still open? Maybe I should call the doctor first. But they are so swampedContinue reading “Hope for the Hospitalized”

Why We Should Ask For A Blessing

Photo by Flickr User Jeff Adair. Used via Creative Commons attribution licensing. Standing in line at the Publix grocery store, the little girl’s hand reached for the Hershey bar. Her mom’s piercing eyes stared down like a laser beam. Her shaking head reminded her not to ask for the chocolaty goodness. The little girl’s head droppedContinue reading “Why We Should Ask For A Blessing”

When You Feel the Need to Be Everything to Everyone — Amy Keslinke

In the times when Evan is in the hospital, I get a lot of texts asking how we’re doing that end with a “let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” Particularly in the beginning, I had a quick reflex to reply with a, “We’re getting by. Thanks!” As… When You FeelContinue reading “When You Feel the Need to Be Everything to Everyone — Amy Keslinke”

How to Use Zoom for Live Conversations

Keeping in touch with our family, friends, and co-workers are important for our emotional health. We want to know all about our son’s wedding plans, our friend’s baby shower, and even how their workplace is handling life’s newest unexpected event? Social Distancing resulted in College classes and church services being cancelled. Even Disney closed theirContinue reading “How to Use Zoom for Live Conversations”

How Should I Respond to the Corona Virus?

“The media is just making a really big deal about this Corona virus”, I thought while driving to Wal-Greens on Feb 28th, 2020. Packing my bags for air travel, the only necessary precaution needed was Dial soap for hand-washing. After all, Alaska is part of the United States. It’s not like I’m traveling to anContinue reading “How Should I Respond to the Corona Virus?”

Encourage the Disheartened

Are you afraid to fail? So terrified your knees buckle and you fall to the ground drawing in huge gulps of air? Do your paralyzed legs and arms feel heavier than a elephant? Are you stammering excuses why you couldn’t possible do it. “I don’t speak well.” “Nobody will listen to me,” rolls off yourContinue reading “Encourage the Disheartened”

Teaching Children about the Lord

In Jill Briscoe’s book, “Here I am, Lord…Send Somebody Else,” she applies the chapters of Exodus to our Christian walk.  She begins by comparing the Pharaoh to the enemy of our soul. Our enemy is in power in the world, and is worried that Christians have become too numerous. So the enemy deals shrewdly withContinue reading “Teaching Children about the Lord”

Helping Those Enslaved by Alcoholism

Did you know that young adults are more likely to binge drink? Or that college educated Americans are more likely than those without a college degree to say they’ve had a drink within the last 30 days? What if I told you that 13% of people who attend church are binge drinkers? Don’t believe me?Continue reading “Helping Those Enslaved by Alcoholism”

What Does Agape Love Look Like?

Until I received God’s love through Jesus Christ, the word “love” was understood by me to be a feeling that I received from my mom, dad, and other family members when they were pleased by my behavior. When I behaved according to their expectations, I received smiles and hugs. When I did not met thoseContinue reading “What Does Agape Love Look Like?”

Adore the One You Love

Our King preserved the song of Moses and Miriam when they sang praises. The Lord’s great power created a wall of water on their right and left. They trekked through the sea on dry ground like a Sea World aquarium exhibit. In response to this miraculous event Moses and Miriam sang praises together: “Sing toContinue reading “Adore the One You Love”