From Creation to 2021

I am so thankful for a variety of Bible reading plans that, through the motivation of the Holy Spirit, have helped keep me accountable to read through the Scriptures each year for almost two decades. There is an excitement and delight to read through the same texts, year after year, knowing that because the Word... Continue Reading →

Uncomfortable Grace

Back in 1990 Allan Metcalf, a professor at MacMurry College, came up with the idea of a “Word of the Year”. In a nut shell, as he reflected on Time Magazine having a “Person of the Year”, he only thought it fair and fun to have a word that would encapsulate each year, as well.... Continue Reading →

In This We Rejoice

I love reading books and I am so thankful for those that write them and impart wisdom to us as they teach us what they have first been taught by God. There are so many paths God takes His children down for His glory and their sanctification…and yet, at some point, we walk the same... Continue Reading →

A Plain Tree…A Needed Reminder

Just a couple of days after Thanksgiving two of my kids (thank you Grace and Samuel!) put up our tree, straightened the branches, hung the lights (after figuring out half of them no longer worked!) and placed our tree topper, a crown of thorns, at the highest point. The plan was to add the ornaments... Continue Reading →

A Life of Surrender

As Christmas quickly approaches, I’ve been thinking about Mary and thanking the Lord for her example. This is a gal like any of us; most likely living days filled with ordinary routine. Of course, a wedding was in the near future and the anticipation of that must have brought lightness to her feet and pitter-patters... Continue Reading →

Christmas Warning

"I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Freedom

I’m incredibly thankful to live in South Dakota. I never thought I would say that, but I have and will continue to praise the Lord for the gift of the state we live in. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m talking about the state and not the people. My heart has, of course, been incredibly... Continue Reading →

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 →

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