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 […]

Steady Till Sunset.

Aaron and Hur held his (Moses’) hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17:12 When my daughter called, she was mentally exhausted, having wrestled with another round of anxiety (a chronic and unwelcome visitor).  Our conversation directed my thoughts to the scene in Exodus where […]