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?”

Surrendering Your Heart

Stepping into the toasty kitchen with a laundry basket piled high with warm towels, I smile at my two sons standing side by side on the back porch patio. My youngest son wraps both his arms around his big brother’s legs staring up into his eyes. On tiptoes he stretches to be as tall asContinue reading “Surrendering Your Heart”

16 Christmas Songs that Celebrate Jesus

One of my favorite traditions on Christmas Eve is to worship my King and Savior in song.  Whether you are with family, traveling or in the hospital I hope you enjoy this playlist with some of my favorite Christmas songs. In case you are like me and never can remember the lyrics, I provided theContinue reading “16 Christmas Songs that Celebrate Jesus”

How Do We Draw Close to God?

Stepping gingerly on slick mud sparsely covered by fallen leaves in the jungle, I drew near to a Mayan Temple named Chacchoben. Listening to the bilingual guide explain how Mayans built temples to draw near to God, I thought how often we do the same.  We work tirelessly to create a ministry or home toContinue reading “How Do We Draw Close to God?”

Why Do We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus?

My whole life I’ve carefully protected a secret I’m not willing to share with most people.  There are only a few trusted friends who I’ve shared my secret with. Most of my friends don’t believe it. They all think I’m crazy. But tonight I will share it with my most trusted friend. For a year,Continue reading “Why Do We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus?”

How to Answer Who is Jesus?

As we gather with families, friends, and co-workers for holiday parties, our conversation can settle on recipes for the chocolate cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting. Topics land on gifts we have bought and often drift to the gifts we hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Although Jesus is the reason for theContinue reading “How to Answer Who is Jesus?”

Being Thankful When Our World Shakes

My entire world changed in an instant with health issues which surfaced way too soon. Brain fog, mobility issues, and even the breath in my lungs can’t be taken for granted any longer. I wonder is there anything that I can count on anymore? Will the sun rise tomorrow? Is there anything in my lifeContinue reading “Being Thankful When Our World Shakes”

How to Know God Is With You

A little girl crawls into her grandfather’s lap.  In his arms, she doesn’t fear the semi trucks rushing by on the highway.  Even when he lifts her onto the front of his motorcycle seat and speeds down the darkened road; she’s not scared. Benefits of God’s Presence In this same way, we find comfort whenContinue reading “How to Know God Is With You”

10 Reasons To Be Joyful

My breathless husband murmured, “I’m not going to the emergency room.” Should we refuse to listen to the doctor’s advice? Sometimes we are like this with God, “I’m not going to…” Fill in your own blank.  It may be an unwillingness to give financially, pray out loud, or invite people into your home. We mayContinue reading “10 Reasons To Be Joyful”

Are Public Schools Teaching Wisdom?

As a public school teacher I worked with children to teach them how to read, write, think mathematically, and ask questions like a scientist. The students learned about the importance to vote, the constitution and the Bill of Rights.  All important topics for students to grow up to be productive American citizens. But the biggestContinue reading “Are Public Schools Teaching Wisdom?”