Changing My Name

I have always liked my name; I think it suits me. It is simple, but not too popular. It’s Biblical, but not archaic. Of course, when I was growing up, my family had a lot of nicknames for me that had nothing to do with my given name. My mother had sweet names of endearment... Continue Reading →

What I’m Not Missing

What I’m not missing probably says more than what I am. The conditions brought about by the response to the pandemic may be a better gauge of personality than any assessment that has been created for that purpose. One assessment I took, over twenty years ago, declared me to be a “clear introvert.” All these... Continue Reading →

Peter and Me

Every time I begin reading the book of Acts, I wonder why those who compiled the Scripture separated Luke’s two books. But as I get into the narrative, I appreciate the lineup and see God’s hand in it. John’s Gospel ends with Jesus and Peter on the lake shore. Peter, when he saw Jesus on... Continue Reading →

Fear as a Motivator

In the face of these difficult, stormy times in our nation, I find I have turned to prayer. I am far from having mastered the spiritual discipline of prayer; it is not one of my strengths. But if I have ever prayed so fervently for my community and my country, I can’t remember it. I... Continue Reading →

Contentment & Puppies

My family has gone puppy-crazy. If you’ve been following the blog, you know that in February, my parents’ beloved standard poodle, Quigley, died. He was such a joy to the whole extended family, but especially to my parents. A couple of weeks ago, the decision was made that it was time for them to get... Continue Reading →

Masquerade

I’m not often surprised by people. Every now and then, I will hear that someone I know who professes to be a Christian, is making choices to live in a way that is inconsistent with faith in Christ. Others will express their shock at the change, but usually, the “new” behavior is consistent with the... Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Thirst-Quencher

I have been thinking about a song my father sang in church, when I was a child: “Like the woman at the well I was seeking / For things that could not satisfy. . .Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord / Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.” When I was... Continue Reading →

Selfish Generosity

I am always looking to evaluate myself, and I try to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. I want to understand as best as possible how my mind works and what motivates my behavior. Recently, God has given me insight into why I respond the way I do when... Continue Reading →

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