What’s Your Motivation?

We were a young couple with three small children under the age of five. Money was tight and vacations were not a priority. So when we were promised a free vacation to simply listen to their vacuum cleaner pitch, we jumped at the opportunity. Th gentleman came. Demonstrated this wonderful vacuum cleaner. With three small children, we could definitely use it. I was about to agree to buy this vacuum...

Christian Beatitudes for Social Media

Blessed are those who are poor in understanding but seek to understand before they post. Blessed are those who can humbly admit they are not an expert on every topic. Blessed are those who just roll their eyes, keep strolling, and pray for their friend who posted an unsubstantiated fact. Blessed are those when people dislike you and exclude you because you refuse to take a side and only quote...

Betrayal

After spending a night in prayer, Jesus chose Judas to be in His inner-circle. Judas, the thief. Judas, the betrayer. There was Peter, John, and Judas. (Remember the song from Sesame Street, “One of these things is not like the other?”) When an offering was collected, there was Judas. When Jesus, in an act of total humility, washed the disciples feet, there was Judas. On the day of His betrayal,...

Who Shall I Fear?

David was living a nightmare. His former boss and father-in-law wanted him dead. In exile, he found rest at the house of the priest. He had no idea, this action would cause his former boss to slay all of the priest. David was grieved, alone, an outcast. Fear was banging on David’s door. How could he withstand Israel’s army? How could he overcome someone so evil that they would slay...

Light in the Darkness

I teach in a Public High School by choice. I’m sure, if I applied I could get a position at a Christian School but I choose to teach Pre-Christians. I love it! I don’t stand in front of my class an announce, “I’m a Christian!” But somehow they figure it out. Because I teach both Calculus AB and Calculus BC (Calculus I and II), 2nd semester, I have a mixture...

No Fine Print

Recently, my church was searching for a new pastor. We had narrowed the search down to two candidates. Both great men. I was on the search committee and was trying to decide which I would recommend. So I did the very spiritual thing of Facebook Stalk both candidates. In my research, one of the candidates said something in a sermon that sealed the deal for me. He said, “God is...

What is God Doing?

Yesterday, my dear friend and I shared lunch. Over our three hour lunch we discussed politics, religion, and race relation. As we brought our discussion to an end, my friend asked a question. I don’t think she wanted an answer, but it’s a question many of us find ourselves asking in 2020: “What is God doing?” Later that evening, my husband and I sat on our swing porch in the...

A Kinder Nation

My oldest son did something dumb the other day. He is a runner and usually runs early in the morning. But this day he overslept and started his run in the late morning. He was about four miles from his apartment when the oppressive sun got the most of him. He found himself sick, vomiting in the bushes and dehydrated. His mind raced. How would he get home? His closest...

Kiss and Makeup

  Does anyone else feel like America is stuck in a bad Hallmark movie and the source of our drama is a simple misunderstanding that could easily be fixed with a conversation? Ten tribes of Israel gathered to make war against two of their brethren tribes. The source of the conflict? A beautiful altar.  Two tribes built an altar because of fear of what might happen in the future. The...

Not Angry

Come in close and let me tell you a secret. “If you are in Christ, God is NOT angry with you!” Yeah, I know you have done some things for which you are ashamed. I know you disappointed those around you. I know. But still, “God is not angry with you.” We were all subject to God’s anger. We all have messed up, disappointed, and cowered in shame. But God...