Wanted: Dead or Alive

For I am convinced that…(nothing) will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)  I’ve been pondering what it means to be wanted by God. Particularly after an unexpected announcement that appeared in my inbox this week. No matter the words, the gist […]

Joy and Sorrow: An Unlikely, Inseparable Pair.

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. II corinthians 6:10 (NIV) I can think of no more odd couple than joy and sorrow. Well, maybe avocado and chocolate…which is, apparently, a thing.  Few scriptures grate a sorrowful soul immersed in tears faster than “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” James 1:2, NIV  […]

Quite Unwilling.

Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now… I Corinthians 16:12 (NIV) Paul wrote this to the church at Corinth, a group of people previously steeped in a life of debauchery and licentiousness but who’d, for the most part, become believers […]

No Ballerinas in Heaven.

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. I John 3:1 (The Message) One of my daughters is mid-way through a 5-week summer intensive ballet program. The motivation to push through has began to weaken due to chronic pain in her […]

Does This ‘Friend’ Have a Name?

Whenever one of my kids has said, “I’m out with a friend” and the ‘friend’s’ identity isn’t revealed, it arouses suspicion… “And does this friend have a name?” Silence. If there’s nothing amiss, then why not just state the name? But what if the friend’s name is…Jesus? Jesus, Son of the living God Who sits […]