Who’s My Best Present?

A trip through the aisles of a craft store several months ago had me convinced someone plucked December from the calendar and planted it in September. Decorative garlands and trinkets of green, red, and gold flashed off the shelves, hundreds of ornaments dangled against display boards, and nutcrackers stood sentry in center islands. It set […]

When the Sugar Plum Fairy Came to Live at My House.

I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s My parting gift to you. Peace. John 14:27b (The Message) For the fifth year, my youngest daughter will be dancing in the classic Nutcracker ballet here in our little town of Hickory (located just south of the little town of Bethlehem, North Carolina). Following auditions this fall, she […]

Trouble on Both Sides of the Law.

Do not let your hearts be troubled! Trust in God; trust also in Me (Jesus). John 14:1 It was a frigid winter evening at my church’s warming station. I stepped quickly into the heated room, shrugged off my coat. My eyes began their scanning, landed on a woman in her early thirties, looking kinda lost, […]

Gray Makes Way For Blue.

“Faith is being certain of what we can not see.” Hebrews 11:1 A particular long-term program for adolescent young men with life challenging issues works this way:  upon admission a student is given an orange t-shirt to wear. After a period of time, if the student demonstrates leadership among fellow students, he graduates to a […]

Talking With My Mouth Full: A Lesson on Proper Manners at the Thanksgiving Table

I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1 This Thanksgiving, my husband and four children will join a Texas-sized family to indulge in an equally large feast wreathed around an expansive table. Time to ramp up the good manners. Which calls to mind Milly the […]