Of Butter and War, Oil and Swords.

His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Psalm 55:21 (NIV) I’m not a violent person.  Disclaimer: if my stash of Peanut M&Ms goes missing I am known to get downright testy. But not violent.  I’ve never considered taking […]

You Had Me at Cocaine.

Whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 14:31 (NIV) A young woman named Ebony – or so she’d said – approached me and my daughter several yards from the entrance to ballet. Her gait was gimpy, her eyes dark as stones, a color to match her name, and her need immense.  As Ebony […]

Cozy With Evil.

If I had been cozy with evil, the Lord would never have listened. But He most surely did listen, He came on the double when He heard my prayer. Psalm 66:18-19 (The Message) Cozy (adjective) – opportunistic or conspiratorial intimacy; convenient or beneficial; snuggly, warm. The Message version of Psalm 66:18 stopped me in my […]

My Playpen.

Lord You have assigned me my portion and my cup; You have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6 (NIV) Recently, one of my older sisters sustained a fall on the cement steps leading up to her front door. She’d […]

Wrestling for Crowns.

We will wrestle our crowns from the giants we conquer. Streams in the Desert. My life hasn’t been characterized by a lot of wrestling or crowning achievements. Yes, I worked hard to complete my college degree, searched for that first job, and muscled through nearly three years to earn a master’s degree. I’ve worked at […]