Tag: Faith

Daily Reads 12.17.2019

Advent Day 17: Read: Luke 17 In reading this chapter, it’s difficult to get past the first ten verses without pausing to think. Mostly because if there is one place we universally have difficulty, it is in extending radical forgiveness. Not only does Jesus want us to practice prodigal love with one another, he also …

Daily Reads 12.09.2019

Advent Day 9: Read: Luke 9 I want to draw your attention to verses 23-25 in this chapter of the Gospel of Luke. Jesus says in order to be his follower we must turn away from our selfish ways. There is no benefit to gain the whole world and yet lose our soul. Henri Nouwen …

Daily Reads 12.03.2019

But in that day, the branch¬†of the¬†Lord will be beautiful and glorious; Isaiah 4:2a Advent – Day 3: Read: Luke 3 As I read this chapter, it seems to me it can be summarized in one word: preparation. John the Baptist is preparing the way for the Messiah preaching repentance from sins and baptizing with …

Daily Reads 07.28.2019

Read: Romans 12:2-3 Today we had the awesome privilege of spending the afternoon at a friend’s pool. The pool deck is surrounded by beautiful plantings of both perennials and annuals. Her flower pots overflowed with geraniums, petunias and sweet potato vines of various colors inviting a person to lay back and relax! Another friend and …

Daily Reads 07.22.2019

You don’t know what you don’t know. I think that’s the reason we become parents. Seriously! If we knew how hard it would be, we might take a second thought. But I know why I had children in spite of how difficult it was at times. Because I believed that, in the end, it would …

Daily Reads 07.13.2019

Camping with children is hard work, but rewarding. Bikes are a necessity especially if the campground has adequate trails/roads that are safe for the kids on bikes. For many years, we camped with our children at a local campground. Always going with several other families, our children spent hours riding bikes up and down the …

Daily Reads 07.10.2019

Read: Philippians 4:18-20 It was Labor Day weekend and we had packed into our campers and set out for Spotted Bear, a remote campground in northwest Montana about 50 miles up a gravelly mountain road. Mom diligently checked and rechecked our supplies, making sure we had everything we needed for four days of outdoor living. …

Daily Reads 06.20.2019

Read: John 7:3-5 I wonder what the expectation for the oldest child was in a Jewish family. In one resource it said, “Sons, especially the firstborn, were the guarantee of lineage and the promise of maintaining family holdings.”* Jesus’ announcement to his family that he was leaving the business and going into ministry was likely …

Daily Reads 06.03.2019

Change. We pray for change. We dread change. We desire change. Change happens when we seek it and when we avoid it. It’s a part of life. Some change is desired; other change is avoided. This change in our lives is celebrated! Our youngest daughter is getting married in September. We couldn’t be happier about …

Daily Reads 05.31.2019

The strategic planning exercise we participated in at Ashland University challenged me. I had done the same type of activities in other settings, but our instructor simplified it for us. He suggested the process to get from where we are to where we want to be includes three elements: Daily Diversion: We were challenged to …