“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to …

“When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the edge of its flat roof. That way you will not be considered guilty of murder if someone falls from the roof.” Deuteronomy 22:8 Never have I considered entertaining someone on my roof. But then, mine is rather steep and completely unuseable as …

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. The second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself. Everything hangs on these two commands. –Matthew 22:36-40 Sunday is a day I set aside for rest. Deliberately ceasing from daily work to give my …

As the week winds down, I am challenged to ponder anew what it means to live with intimate knowledge of God’s love for me through Jesus. Not of justice, peace, equality, good, evil, morality – any of the characteristics we have become accustomed to associating with Christianity at some level. Just immersing myself in the …

I am not a decorator at heart but I recently redecorated my bedroom with the assistance of a friend who has an eye for that sort of thing. The focal point of the room is a quilt I made during the stay at home weeks. Everything else in the room adds to, highlights, shows off …

I have a pair of black pants I bought at Kohl’s many years ago. They are the perfect pants for so many occasions. The first time I wore them, I fell and scraped a hole in the knee. I was so bummed so I did something I don’t often do — I repaired them with …

A few years ago for my birthday, Dave gave me a consultation with a clothing stylist. She came to my house and spent a couple of hours going through my closet with me and assessing my wardrobe. Every item I owned was individually evaluated by several criteria: Do I currently wear it? (I answered this …

Clothes. Wardrobes. Closets. We all have them. Some are larger than others. In our closets, we have clothes we love and clothes we need. We have clothes we keep from year to year and clothes we buy and never wear. I have a love-hate relationship with clothes – both buying and wearing. Last week, I …

I grew up on a farm bordering a river. Eighty acres of the property is a conifer woods along the river. The bank of the river is a great place to watch the sunset. One evening, a friend and I decided to go to the river and do just that. During the blue hour following …

In the last three months, images suggesting the year 2020 should be rewound and started again appear regularly on social media. I saw one again several days ago and took time to ponder it. I asked myself the question: do I want to redo this year? No. I don’t want a do over. I was …