Spiritual Metamorphosis — Transformed and Made New

During a recent vacation, I spent a glorious hour in a  wonderful butterfly conservatory.  Lush tropical flowers and foliage, clear water trickling from a stream to a flamingo pond, and quiet, soothing music provided a beautiful setting to enjoy the stunning main attraction– the butterflies.  Hundreds and hundreds of butterflies!  Immediately upon entering, I was Read More …

All Things NEW for the Christian in the New Year

“NEW”!  The emotional response from this word is immediate, intense.  A new car, with that unique, untouched smell, the empty odometer, and the pristine upholstery is a special treat to be savored. New clothes and new gifts at Christmas or birthdays are always exciting.  New jobs or relationships mix anticipation with fearful trepidation of the Read More …

5 Simple Thanksgiving Activities for Families

  Do you want to make this Thanksgiving more focused on being thankful?  Here are 5 simple, yet beautiful Thanksgiving activity ideas to promote thankfulness in your family this year. 5 Simple Thanksgiving Activies, and 5 Thanksgiving verses Make a thankful tree! Let the whole family, or group of Sunday school kids participate in showing Read More …

Pray, Vote, Rest

PRAY             VOTE           REST   With these three words, our pastor, on Sunday, gave his wise council, as a shepherd to his sheep, concerning tomorrow’s election.  Then, he reminded us all that on Wednesday morning–whatever happened–God would still be on the throne!  With all of the advice, Read More …

The Peace of God in Anxious Times

All the news, social media postings, and conversations with family and friends lately seem fraught with anxiety.  Tension levels are high as we here in the US head into Tuesday’s elections.  All of the cares of our country’s future, the protection of our freedoms, and even the dignity of our White House have been pressed Read More …

Les Cayes, Haiti –After Matthew

Somewhere, over the vast, rolling waters near the equator, warm winds began swirling, gaining strength.  Soon, the counter-clockwise rotation showed up as a hurricane on the radars of weather forecasters around the world.  They called it Matthew.  As the world watched, Matthew grew, intensified.  He adjusted his course.  To my increasing horror, each updated model Read More …

Why just “Let the Woman Choose” is not OK

At the end of last Tuesday night’s VP debate, each candidate candidly shared about not only their faith, but also how that faith influences their position on abortion.  Mr. Pence shared how his Christian faith made him stand firmly against abortion…especially the late-term partial-birth abortion and the tax-payer funding of abortion.  Mr. Kaine, on the Read More …

Carry a Bible to School!

The summer before I went to Junior High School, was a pivotal year in my spiritual growth.  The previous school year, in sixth grade, I began to think more independently.  However, what I considered at the time to be more “adult” ideas were really more “teenage rebellious” thoughts.  I had decided that I wanted to Read More …

Days of Creation Box — Craft for Kids

Here is a fun craft for kids involving stickers (who doesn’ t love stickers?) that reinforces the teaching from Genesis 1 about what God created on each of the six days of creation. How to make a Days of Creation Box: 1.  Print a folded box outline on cardstock To start, make your own foldable Read More …