The proud and arrogant person-“Mocker” is his name-behaves with insolent fury. (Prov. 21:24)

“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;” (Proverbs 1:1-3)   During the last few years, being a citizen of the land of the free and the home of…

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Summertime and the Givin’ is Easy

It was a gorgeous July weekend.  My husband and I took advantage of full moon evenings by going out for leisurely walks. Friday night we sat on a park bench and enjoyed the moon rising out from behind a cloud and into another.  On Saturday evening we sauntered along the Potomac to our town’s main street…

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A Hard Life is Not a Bad Life

If you are facing multiple concurrent crises, you are naturally weary.  Your thought life will be tempted to wallow in the truth; life is hard.  Hard doesn’t seem to equate with good.  It feels exhausting or depressing.  Experiencing hard can give us a sense of being powerless or a victim or a failure. Worst of all,…

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The Claw!

Have you heard the current expression “You Do You!”?  It can be a rather affirming remark.  “Go ahead, be yourself, don’t worry about comparison or judgement or trying to pose as anyone other than your true self!” It can be rather comical and revealing though when circumstances prevent you from “You Doing You” your way. …

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Creating Beauty

“It’s one thing to search out the beauty in the world, it’s a far more important thing to create the beauty that surrounds you.”  Wyatt Oroke, 2018 graduation keynote speaker to Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts. Looking for and finding beauty reminds us of God’s goodness and the goodness of life.  It fills our…

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Asking for a Word of Goodness

God can accomplish so much with just one word.  One word can display his goodness with succinct power.  I was lying in bed one night formulating a comeback for someone who had been short with me; my thoughts tapered off and He spoke one word to me – Grace.  “Yes”, I replied, “Grace”.  She doesn’t…

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Why Ask Why

It was one of those mornings when before you even open your eyes, your mind has settled on, “I don’t like where my life is right now…or what has happened in my past…or what may happen in my future”.  Those mornings can quickly spiral down into the ubiquitous WHY questions regarding the trials in our…

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A Dad Beyond Compare

Remember the old childhood chant, “My dad is better than your dad”?  Boasting turned into competition. And for those who had an absent dad it caused heartache as they compared their life to those who were boldly chanting.  Comparison is the heartache of many adults too.  Sure, we’ve all heard ‘you can’t judge a book…

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Finding (and Sharing) God’s Goodness in the Hard Times

Have you ever flinched when someone shares a verse with you when you’re smack dab in the middle of a hard, trying, scary, disappointing, or painful circumstance?  Do your thoughts lean toward the sarcastic and it takes what little energy you have left to hold your tongue?  One of my favorite, go-to, verses in the…

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Have you ever played hide-n-seek with a little child?  One of the cutest things is when they put their hands over their eyes as if you won’t be able to see them.  They can’t see us so it makes sense to them that they can’t be seen.  It’s easy for us to do the same…

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Inviting Goodness

In a world full of bad, sad, and sometimes horrific news, we long to hear something good.  Good news about good people doing good things. We’re enamored with “Hero” movies like never before: good triumphing over evil.  For goodness sake, tell us good outweighs bad!  Tell us there’s a good ending. To believe an overwhelming goodness…

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What is Yours to Do?  What is Yours to Let Go?

Here is an understatement that may bring a smile or a sigh:  there are a lot of dilemmas in parenting.  There is one dilemma that begins while parenting a toddler and continues right through being the parent of a young adult:  “Should I step in to help or am I helping them more by choosing…

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