New Beginnings

Veterans Day

I remember meeting with military widows and listening as they shared their unique struggles.  Let me share some things I learned.  Often their ‘family’ is their military family.  They may chose to live in a military community even as a widow. Their families often don’t understand. While there are chaplains, they are restricted in true spiritual nourishment through politically correct rules.  They must make life shaking decisions in their time of grief. How can we respond?  Listen to their needs laying aside our expectations.  Often they have financial resources but may need information to utilize it wisely.  Yes, vultures appear […]

Veteran’s Day 2

Remembering Veterans Day coming I challenge you, my friend, and myself to pray for God to show us one thing we can do to encourage a veteran on that day.  Yes, they are all around us.  The vintage ones often wear a cap that tells you how they served.  I’ve made it a practice, when I see that, to thank that person for serving.   It only takes a few seconds. I have not served as they have, so I cannot fathom their sacrifices.  My interruption in their shopping or dining always bring a look of appreciation and sometimes even […]

Veteran’s Day

As Veteran’s Day approaches I’m especially remembering our Viet Nam vets who were neither admired or welcomed home well after their time in that terrible war.  I had classmates there who returned home safely.  I have friends who still bear visible scars on their bodies.  Many had night mares.  Some still do.  Little was then known of post traumatic stress disorder though many suffered from it. Regardless of our thoughts on these conflicts, we can all unite to say two words to any veteran we know.  “Thank You.”  Those words do much to heal the soul.  We might even add […]

Storms gullies

In my young tractor driving days, intense storms created mini gullies in the fields. Our John Deere had close front tires that would sink in these mini trenches.  It was hard for me to ‘muscle’ the steering wheel and guide the tractor where I wanted it to go.  At the end of one day, at the edge of a field, I could not, and the trench guided me unwillingly into a tree.   Embarrassed I headed home, head light dangling and other dents. Life’s storms are like that.  They create a gully demanding to control our future.   God tells […]

Tears

A friend and I recently sat in the memorial service of our friend.  We dabbed our faces as tears refused to stay hidden.   I remembered the days when my husband would hold me as I wept and wipe the tears from my cheeks with his tender touch. Who wipes the tears from your eyes, my friend? Some of us have siblings so close that we have shared tender moments of wiping each others tears. Truth be told, most tears are wept in solitude. Almost.  We sense the profound aloneness that no other  human feels our pain or is willing […]

Romans 1

Our Bible teacher challenged us to write our Romans 1 paragraph.  I poured over the Apostle Paul’s words taking note of two stand out facts.   He knew who he was: a willing bond servant of Jesus embracing all that Jesus is and was. He knew his task: to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. Reading the letters he wrote to the churches he visited, he did just that with zeal, focus, and great sacrifice. He could have decided to spend his time apologizing to all he had wronged as a zealous jew persecuting Christians. He could have tried to […]

Listen

We are quick to form opinions–before we know the big picture.  Proverbs 18: 17  The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.” I sat on a jury.  The first argument was convincing.  And then I heard the other side.  Someone informs you of your child’s misbehavior.  Wait.  Listen to your child’s version before letting justice roll down.  Verse 13.  ‘He who answers before listening–that is his folly and his shame.” As a vintage person, I can tell you that to listen before judging is a life long challenge. However, listening is the source […]

Elections 2

With elections just days ahead, I’m remembering God’s truths.  Regardless of the results of the election, God is predictable.  When things are tumultuous, even unjust, He suffers with us. He tells us in Romans 12: 19 to not avenge ourselves.  In our humanness we want to get even and hold grudges.  He tells us to let Him do what He does best.  Act justly.  Another fact about God is that He will ALWAYS prevail. Do we know when?  Seldom.  Read Hebrews 11.  Which person listed in that Hall of Faith Giants knew the impact of his or her choices? They […]

Elections

Does the upcoming election have you troubled? Pray and act as God leads.  Then remember.  God is predictable.  God will act in His time.  Any leader can only act with God’s permission.  The heart of every king, or president is held by God, though he or she may not acknowledge this.  We do well to remember these truths.   As we talk with our friends, neighbors, and even those we disagree with, remember while this country is our earthly home, a better place is ahead.  I want to represent God well in these tumultuous days.   Knowing God’s  facts my […]

Discipline

Is your life stretching you to your limits of faith that something good can come from the mess?  Are unknowns piling up so you strain to see any positive outcome? I read a note I scribbled above Hebrews 12 a few years back.  “I’m going to grow a BIG fruit crop of righteousness!”  The date reminded me that those were days of one of the greatest challenges to my faith.  Would my family endure and survive those trials? An administrator in the school where I worked stated to me, “We’ve seen you talk the talk, now we’ll see you walk […]

Listening

We are quick to form opinions–before we know the big picture.  Proverbs 18: 17  The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.” I sat on a jury.  The first argument was convincing.  And then I heard the other side.  Someone informs you of your child’s misbehavior.  Wait.  Listen to your child’s version before letting justice roll down.  Verse 13.  ‘He who answers before listening–that is his folly and his shame.” As a vintage person, I can tell you that to listen before judging is a life long challenge. However, listening is the source […]

Qualities of a good leader

Whether a company, a church, a nation, or any other organization, the leader has great influence on all who work and serve there. Proverbs 28 and 29 describe a good leader.  This person promotes impartial justice, reasonable justice, and clear expectations, honest weights and measures.   The hard hearted leader destroys productivity, people hide (disengage), and that leader destroys the organization. The Christ follower has the advantage of prayer. When policies are unclear, the manual has no protocol, we pray.  God answers that prayer.  He does not answer the prayer of the hard hearted. The condition of the organization, the […]