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Cut And Paste Living

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" John 6:60 I guess I am old school because I still prefer a real paper book instead of reading on an electronic device. But I must admit, I love the feature of electronically highlighting the portions of a book that I like and having the ability to copy and paste. This way I have all the parts of the book that really mean something to me saved for later reference. As a writer, cut and paste is often used in my work. I can remove a word, sentence or entire paragraph and move it all around. I can copy a quote and paste it right into my paper. I remember the first time I really studied the book of James and


"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and praise His name! For the Lord is good and His love is eternal, and His faithfulness endures to all generations." Pslam 100:4-5 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:21-26 Be blessed this Thanksgiving as you recall all of the goodness of

And She Laughed

"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future." ~ Proverbs 31:25 ~ Her joy filled the room like confetti. Her laughter was contagious. I actually felt a tear slip down my cheek, overwhelmed with the privilege to be a part of her wide-open laughter. I wondered how long it had been since she let loose and felt life fill her lungs again. Beauty filled the room and I would even call it worship that came through her laughter. It was the sound of…resurrection...life rising from months on end of grieving. I remembered my own grief of past years when I wondered if I would ever laugh again. I dug through the photo box searching for a picture I longed to live. It

Gratitude Triggered

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1 This cool fall morning finds me on the back porch of a friend's lake house. The rain is falling and the air is very crisp. The beauty of this day leaves me speechless. I open my journal to a new clean page that feels as crisp and new as the day I sit in. As I write the date, November 1, I am stunned. Surely it has to be wrong. I sit for a moment in the shock of the reality that this year is almost over! It seems like only a couple of months ago that I opened my brand new 2018 calendar notebook, and stared at the thickness of the pages that represented possible days of my life for the coming year. Three hundred a

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