11But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me: You will soon fall down in great torment. Isaiah 50:11 18When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them. …

10False weights and unequal measures—the Lord detests double standards of every kind. Proverbs 20:10 Recently a friend shared her frustration at work. It seemed that policies were not applied fairly and she struggled to make sense of it. A couple of days later, she purchased some specialty donuts she particularly liked. They were a bit of a …

30I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. 31I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. 32Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: 33A little extra sleep, a little more …

This week Dave and I are spending some quality time in Florida with our oldest daughter and her children. Dave works during the day while Emily and I hang with the girls. It’s been great! Monday we decided to go to the beach late in the afternoon so Dave could go along. Arriving at the …

Growing up on a farm that produced almost all of what we ate, summertime chores were prolific. I helped plant seeds, pull weeds, pick produce and preserve fruits and vegetables from the garden and orchard. We milked the cows (not me, though), drank raw milk and used the cream to make butter and whipped cream. …

I have, for almost my entire life, lived in a rural setting. For three years, we lived in town with neighbors less than a stone’s throw away. I didn’t mind it so much; the rest of my family didn’t enjoy it. I remember the first time a neighbor girl visited one of our daughters. After …

15For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God. 16I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.” Psalm 38:15-16 Once again, I find scripture speaks truth the best. Many times I have cried out to God to remember me, to save me, …

As I meditated on Psalm 38 yesterday, my mind kept turning to the woman in John 8. Jesus is teaching in the temple courts when suddenly the religious people push through the crowd with a woman in tow. “She was caught in the act of adultery,” they say. “What should we do with her? The …

Elementary school is tough for children. Well, all of school can be hard for children but I remember a couple of times I struggled to send a child to school because something outside of her control occurred. First, she contracted chicken pox. It wasn’t the pox that made me want to keep her home. After …

18I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. Psalm 94:18 Speaking through the prophet, Isaiah, God says this about the Lord’s Chosen Servant . . . 3He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. Isaiah …