Multiplying blessings – Psalm 103:1-5

I'm slowly being buried in blessings I don't want, mostly because of my daughter's wedding. Amy moved home to save her rent money for wedding preparations last year. Within weeks boxes from Amazon began piling up by our front door. It felt like Christmas, only instead of celebrating the coming of a Savior we anticipated … Continue reading Multiplying blessings – Psalm 103:1-5

Why I Attend Writers Conferences – Hebrews 10:23-25

Here we are with the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017 only a week away. This conference is the biggest event of my writing year, so let me attempt to explain why. The down side Conferences are expensive. They're time-consuming. Being in a room full of strangers is taxing. I may not measure up, my work will be … Continue reading Why I Attend Writers Conferences – Hebrews 10:23-25

The Value of Work – Genesis 2:5-18

A short time before Kathy, an older woman in our church, passed away, she told a friend she wouldn't be worried about her children any longer. She felt she had fulfilled her purpose, that God was pleased, and now she could rest. After God had created a bunch of amazing things like planets, the fireball of a sun, a moon for a nightlight, oceans and … Continue reading The Value of Work – Genesis 2:5-18

Aiming for the Prize – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

My birthday falls smack dab in the middle of hunting season, and this year I decided to celebrate it in the Malheur National Forest with my husband and his hunting buddy. I knew I wouldn't exactly be with them, though. I'd touch base with them before they'd crash after a long day's hunt and a meal. I … Continue reading Aiming for the Prize – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

New Life Comes from Cutting Back – John 15:1-2

I killed our apple tree this winter when I pruned it. Ducking under its lopped stubs, I hung the long-handled cutting tool on its pegs. How could the poor tree survive that, I wondered. It’s happened before, when I worried I went too far in my efforts to improve a plant’s productivity. But what I’ve … Continue reading New Life Comes from Cutting Back – John 15:1-2