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The Ring

On the second day after my mother-in-law arrived from Bulgaria, she gave me a ring. When I asked my husband to translate from Bulgarian to Spanish, he confirmed what I suspected: the ring belonged to my mother-in-law’s grandmother and was passed down in the family from generation to generation. She gave it to me because I’m the wife of her only son, and she wanted me to always have it. For me, it meant a lot. I had only met her a few hours earlier. It was a very tender ... Read More »

The Rain Will Come

It was just a couple of months ago that I remember walking across my lawn thinking how wet the grass had become. With each step taken, I could hear the water squishing under my feet after a very wet spring. The grass, trees and plants were all green and vibrant with color. It seemed that I could almost see the grass growing each week, as I was mowing the lawn more frequently than seemed justifiable. I would come home in the evening, try to get the yard mowed before another ... Read More »

If We All Prayed at Once, Could We Move a Mountain?

I’ve often thought about what would happen if every Christian in the world, or even just in the United States, would pray at the same time in the name of Jesus. Could we actually see a mountain move? In my heart, I believe that yes, we could. I don’t know if I am a rare bird in 2017 or if others agree, but it’s worth a try, isn’t it? This week marks the 65th year that the United States will hold the National Day of Prayer, which was brought to ... Read More »

What God Doesn’t Do

God does so many things. He creates. He comforts. He guides and directs. But there are also many things God doesn’t do. God doesn’t do boring. God not only created birds, but he created birds that have found a way to live inside Home Depot stores, which makes shopping for lumber and potting soil so much more interesting. God doesn’t do plain. God not only created flowers, but he created over 400,000 different types of flowers. Roses, tulips, daisies, bleeding hearts, corpse flowers, lady’s slippers and sea poison tree flowers ... Read More »

Parrot Lost, Parrot Regained

My mom has two parrots: Morelia and Valentin. They are her happiness. They can sing five songs, three of which are praises to the Lord. Once, Valentin fell and lost consciousness. My mom provided first aid, and he woke up singing a song from his repertoire: “Christ is coming, there are signs. He is looking to save souls. I go with Him, I go with Him. I don’t stay, I go with Him.” My mom cried and sang the song with him, thanking God that Valentin had recovered. Now, Valentin ... Read More »

Worry

The season of Lent has begun. Lent is a time of prayer and reflection. On Sunday our pastor asked us to read through one of the Gospels and really take a hard look at what Jesus said (in my Bible what Jesus says is in red letters). As I read through those red letters this morning in the book of Luke, I came across this: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Luke 12:25). There was a time when I was a big worrier. ... Read More »

One Wild and Precious Life

“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?” I heard these words from Mary Oliver’s Pulitzer ... Read More »

Look Up

I was shoveling in the middle of some of the heaviest snow of the season the other day when I paused and looked up. There were seemingly endless snowflakes falling all around me out of the vastness of the gray sky. I know infinity can’t really be defined, but if I had to, this image of snow is how I would define it. It was beautiful and oddly soul-stirring. I’ve always liked looking up. As a child I would float on my back and watch the clouds for long periods ... Read More »

How Heavy is My Daily Bread?

I love bread. Especially, the Apple Scrapple from the Great Harvest Bakery. The chewy goodness of baked white bread (whole wheat doesn’t do it for me) mixed with apple and cinnamon. I eat it in great chunks on the way home from the store. Handfuls ripped right off the loaf, crumbs falling all over the front seat of my new car. I choose hunks preferentially by their endowment with cinnamon and brown sugar topping. When THAT drops on the floor it is tragic! But I’m not a bread snob. Most ... Read More »

God Bless People Who Donate Blood

I’ve donated blood three times in my life. The first time was in high school and the other two times I was in my 20’s. Each time I’ve successfully donated but by the time I get to sit up and walk to the table to have juice and cookies, I become very close to fainting. If you’ve donated blood, you’ve probably seen people who have had to go back to a bed and lay down again. Well, that’s me. I’ve been avoiding donating blood for years now because it makes ... Read More »

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