I Was Young Once

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. – Proverbs 16:31

I spend a lot of time around the elderly – in our family, at our church, and at the nursing home where I do pet therapy and evangelism. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine they weren’t always hunched and wrinkled and slow and forgetful.

But we (more…)

What Idolatry Looks Like Today

You shall have no other gods before Me. – Exodus 20:3

I have a strange confession to make. I really dislike raspberries. My husband has joked that I was attacked by one as a child, and that’s not far from the truth. The backstory involves an abusive babysitter who, when told to feed me everything in sight to help me gain weight, (more…)

Filtering Your Thoughts

I sat on a bench next to our lake as I prayed this morning and admired the beautiful day, the kind that helps me endure our brutal summers. Water lilies flapped lightly against the water in the cool breeze; ospreys glided overhead. And then I found myself fixing on one ominous pinkish-gray cloud that alternately coalesced and fragmented against the otherwise serene (more…)