Thanksgiving Isn’t Just a Holiday

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday, it is an expression of gratitude. It’s not just something we do, it’s who we are to be. It is a word that shapes character, reveals the heart and colors our every word and action. In all our conduct, we either display a spirit of joyful thanksgiving or discontented grumbling. ... Continue Reading →

Water and the Word

As each year ticks by, I am learning that I can’t eat the way I used to. Apparently, a diet that consists largely of carbs and dessert is not only not the healthiest but tends to make for tight clothes. I guess there are some that intentionally buy clothes that are tight, but that has... Continue Reading →

The Oil of Sacrifice

"You always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could...." Mark 14:7-8a You are probably familiar with the setting in which Jesus spoke these words. While Jesus was reclining at the table of the home... Continue Reading →

Safe in His Arms

It happened. Covid is no longer a stranger to the Pichura Family. I certainly wouldn’t call it a friend, though. Normally, I seek to be hospitable but I’d much rather kick Covid to the curb. But, alas, it’s here to stay for more days than I'd prefer. We are now part of the statistics. We... Continue Reading →

Dying in Color

It’s a strange world here in South Dakota. One month from our last day of summer, we had our first snowstorm. And, just like that, we seem to have closed the door on fall, as well. I am thankful for the month of autumn we had, though. Watching a tree’s leaves change color really is... Continue Reading →

Suffering’s Solution

I was in the middle of reading Leviticus. I was in the middle of all the commands about bodily fluids. Yep, you know what I am talking about. It's kinda gross, kinda gritty, and kinda awkward; but it also shows the incredible care of God to address every issue possible. It shows His desire for... Continue Reading →

The Waters of Comparison

It’s amazing how we so easily compare ourselves with others. Our gaze is so quick to rest on the horizon and ignore the vertical, our true reality. It is so easy to look around at others, and yet we have to fight hard to look up to the Creator and Sustainer of all things.  Discontentment... Continue Reading →

Encouragement from a Brown Thumb

“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.”  Mark 4:26-29 I’ve often told... Continue Reading →

Premature Beauty

There is this tree down the street from our home that started turning beautiful shades of fall colors…back in August. I remember doing a double take when I noticed the green giving way to patches of yellow and orange, eventually culminating in spectacular shades of red. The colors were beautiful but my mind was still... Continue Reading →

Words and The Word

It has been a painful week. My grandpa passed away last Wednesday after battling through pneumonia and a major heart attack a month ago. Two weeks ago, in the midst of it all, my Grammy had a stroke that rendered her unable to use her right arm and, tragically, unable to communicate with words. I... Continue Reading →

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