Better on the Inside– spiritually renewed day by day

Several years ago, when my daughter was in college, I  planned a “good Mommy” moment, and made homemade, heart-shaped, hand-decorated sugar cookies to mail to her for Valentine’s day.  Sending care packages of homemade goodies to my children in college was not something that I did nearly often enough, so I took great care in Read More …

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 …