Change Your Focus (Repost)

I learned a valuable Grammy lesson today.  No matter how precious that grand baby is, do not sit and gaze at her as she sits in the baby swing just swinging away! Somehow it caused a bad case of motion sickness. The room began to spin out of control, and  I suddenly found myself on … Continue reading Change Your Focus (Repost)

Peaceful Maneuvers

A few years ago, we took the youth group on a float trip down the Illinois River. Many of the kids had never been river rafting. They learned that there were many obstacles to overcome, such as trees that can knock you into the water or rocks that can flip your raft. It took awhile … Continue reading Peaceful Maneuvers

Transform (Repost)

Happy New Year!! It is a time that we make resolutions to be healthier, more committed to relationships, more successful at our job. The list just goes on and on. But there is no greater resolution than to seek God and to allow Him to transform you, and there’s no better time than today to … Continue reading Transform (Repost)

New Year, New Commitment (Repost)

Well it’s that time again. Time to reflect on the past year, time to consider behaviors and attitudes that need to be adjusted, and time to refocus on those things that are most important. As a new year approaches, Psalm 91:1 seems to be standing out for me. He who dwells in the secret place of … Continue reading New Year, New Commitment (Repost)

Lifted Out of the Pit of Despair

Years ago I read the book Holes by Lois Sachar to my students. The movie showed the characters in the bed of a dried up lake digging holes in search of lost treasures. The holes they dug were similar to graves in size; deeper than the boys were tall. While in these pits, dirt surrounded … Continue reading Lifted Out of the Pit of Despair

Christmas Cross

It was a chaotic few minutes before the bell rang to begin our school day. The last day before Christmas break. A day of excited students, gift exchanges, and craziness. One student approached my desk, flashed his bright smile, and handed me a gift. What I found inside was the beautiful cross pictured above. As … Continue reading Christmas Cross

God Chose You

By the world’s standards, would you be considered a “nobody”?  Most of us are not rich or famous, but those are the qualities the world says makes you a “somebody”.  We often measure our value through comparison to others.   We are constantly comparing beauty, finances, family, and other details of our lives with what we … Continue reading God Chose You

There is Hope

Imagine being told that your life is so messed up that God can’t even help! That is exactly what happened to David. In Psalm 3, he is extremely discouraged and afraid. He is literally running for his life as his son, Absalom, seeks to take over the throne even if it means killing David. He … Continue reading There is Hope

Teach Me Your Ways

Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you. With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever. Psalm 86:11-12 I can remember many times in school that I … Continue reading Teach Me Your Ways

Despite Pandemic

It has been a long and difficult COVID pandemic season. A season that has affected a tremendous number of people across our globe. A season that has caused much grief and suffering. A season of fear and worry. A season that seems to have no end. And a season that may have tested your faith. … Continue reading Despite Pandemic