Who Do YOU Say that I Am?

Who Do YOU Say that I Am?

There is something soul-satisfying about a good book and often I read late into the night.  My reading choices vary, with Bible reading being my highest priority, followed by Christian books that teach, stretch and challenge me.  And during those wee hours of the...
Welcome to Class!

Welcome to Class!

Winter here in the Upper Peninsula means finding creative ways to exercise.  Walking outside on the icy pavement while being assaulted by the north wind off Lake Michigan, isn’t terribly enticing.  Snowshoeing, snowboarding and skiing are for those who embrace winter...
Loving Well

Loving Well

Gus (age three): “Daddy, where Nana?”  Daddy: “She left on the plane last night after you went to bed.”  Gus: “Me miss Nana!”  As you can imagine, my “love-o-meter” was on overflow when I heard about that conversation. My daughter-in-love texted me a picture that...
Zoning Out

Zoning Out

One of the great blessings of this season of my life is the freedom I have to travel. Often my travels take me to Portland, OR where 2 of the most wonderful grandchildren live!  (I know, I’m a wee bit biased.)  But my most recent adventure took me to North Carolina. ...
HOPE and New Beginnings

HOPE and New Beginnings

I don’t know about you but, truth be told, I’m not one for New Years Eve celebrations.  You know the kind: party hats, Auld Lang Syne, toasting the old and ringing in the new…that.  Oh, there was a time when those traditions were important but as I age, I am content...
Rules and Mercy

Rules and Mercy

I am a rules keeper. Childhood teachings? Conscience?  Maybe I just take comfort in knowing there are rules and I know what is expected of me. Perhaps I actually like to live by Biblical principles that tell us to respect our laws. Recently I came head to head with...
End of Summer Delights

End of Summer Delights

Why am I surprised at how the most “insignificant” moments can bring about some of life’s greatest pleasures?  A few weeks ago, while grocery shopping, I ran into a sweet friend I see often at church. But because our lives go in different directions we hadn’t...
Out of Control

Out of Control

I knew our local grocery store would be especially busy the day before Easter but the only item I needed for our dinner was our ham, having purchased everything else earlier that week.  How hard would it be to pick up one piece of meat?   Driving into the parking lot...
Special Needs/Easter Joy

Special Needs/Easter Joy

Psalm 16:11, “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” As much as I wish spring could be a bit more dramatic here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, there is much to treasure about...
Black Ice/Hidden Danger

Black Ice/Hidden Danger

Earlier this week spring was ushered in with 50 degree temps! Here in Michigan’s U.P. spring can be rather illusive; however, if I am being fair, our spring is just differentfrom spring in other parts of the country. I remember a time (a number of years ago) when the...