When Should We Give Thanks?


It seems counterintuitive to give thanks when by all appearances there’s nothing to give thanks for. Why express gratitude when the relationship is severed, the fires have not abated, or your bank account is overdrawn. Yet, thanksgiving is a form of worship. When we give thanks, we acknowledge God for who He is and what He has done. We offer our thanksgiving whether we feel like it or not. The writers of the scriptures provided plentiful reasons to express our gratitude. Continue reading “When Should We Give Thanks?”

When counting sheep doesn’t help


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, sleep deficiency is a common problem in the United States. One survey revealed 1 in 5 adults in the United States reported not getting enough rest or sleep. Continue reading “When counting sheep doesn’t help”

3 Lessons to Help Navigate Life’s Hiccups


Our recent trip to Glacier National Park did not go as planned. My brother-in-law had meticulously planned this family reunion for the past year. The dates, lodging and car rentals were set in November 2017. Flights reserved in January. Camping permit okayed in March. But the week of the trip, the park alerted visitors of forest fires spreading, causing road and trail closures. Continue reading “3 Lessons to Help Navigate Life’s Hiccups”

One piece of advice from a graduation ceremony


My youngest daughter graduated from college last Saturday. The ceremonies were outside in Indiana and the weather cooperated by giving us a glorious sun-drenched day. As soon as Pomp and Circumstance began, however, tears fell. Continue reading “One piece of advice from a graduation ceremony”

When hope has sunk


Tender shoots of green are breaking through the beds surrounding my house. Lush green grass has replaced the brown patches shedding winter’s dreary cloak. Birds serenade me through my bedroom window. The cursed Bradford pear has exploded in cottony white.  Continue reading “When hope has sunk”