The Problem’s Just Too Big!

A quick glance through recent news headlines reveals a world that seems plagued with trouble.  Here’s just a sample: Thousands of displaced refugees in Indonesia due to volcanic eruptions.  Uprisings, protests, and political unrest in Ukraine and Thailand.  Violence and fighting in Central African Republic.  Terrible war and violence in Syria and South Sudan.  Starvation…

If you can’t say something nice …

… don’t say anything at all.  How many times did we all hear that growing up?  Our natural instinct is to criticize others, to point out their faults and shortcomings, usually while ignoring our own. “But Mom,” we may have protested, “I was just being honest!” Truth or Dare?  Is it possible to be too…

Why are Things Such a Mess?

It’s the weekend after Christmas and our household, probably like many others, is in the process of organizing:  cleaning up, rearranging, packing and stowing Christmas decorations, and making space for new gifts.  I grew up in a fastidiously clean house where everything had a place and nothing was ever out of place.  Dust, dirt, grime,…

Take this job and … LOVE it!

I bought a Mega-Millions lottery ticket yesterday.  Why?  Well, on the faint hope that God would finally decide to grant my prayer to be a stay-at-home Mom and a full-time writer.  I mean, I’m thankful for my job and all, but is it where God really wants me? It’s not like I want to be…

The Aroma

Our Wednesday night women’s fellowship group has been studying the book of Ruth this fall.  Last week we delved into chapter three, which is where, at her Mother-in-Law Naomi’s instruction, Ruth goes to the threshing floor and presents herself to Boaz (Mr. Wonderful). The Bible describes Ruth’s preparations for this momentous event in just a…

The Sky-Spa, 2023 (Daily Prompt)

Hi, my name’s Savannah and this post comes to you from ten years in the future, from the wonderful Sky-Spa Resort & Conference Center!!!  Yes, that’s right!  I’m officially a space tourist, on an all-expense-paid, one-week holiday in low-earth orbit, courtesy of my publisher.  Can you believe it? I’m here to attend the Unity! writing conference,…

A Struggle & A Question

So, this evening I had one of those moments that leaves me feeling unsure and doubtful.  You see, it’s my neighbors;  their dogs, really. They have several (four) quite large dogs, and I’m bothered by the dogs.  We have a six-foot stockade fence around our backyard, but still, we can’t sit on our back patio…

Dr. Nostrum’s Amazing Medicine Show

“Step right up folks, step right up, and prepare to be amazed!” the pitchman called.  “Got the depression?  The Blues?  Feeling dissatisfied with your life?  Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, today is your lucky day, because I happen to possess a singularly amazing, extraordinarily remarkable cure.” Intrigued, Sarah slowed and turned in the direction of the…