What do you do when life knocks the wind out of you? To put it in emotional terms—what do you do when you feel deeply sad—sorely depleted—and just plain joyless? …
Because I have teenage granddaughters, I wrote this piece to help them know what to look for in a relationship. It warms my heart each time I review it. I hope it does yours, as well. …
I have a sister who is 13 years younger than I am. Because Julie was born in June and Iowa experiences a large infestation of June Bugs during the early summer, she quickly picked up the nickname—Bug! When Bug pops up on my cell phone, I know it is my baby sister calling!
This anecdote may be extreme, but I must admit, I find it amusing!
A Muslim cleric in northern Iran has complained that a woman attacked him after he chastised her for dressing too immodestly. According to the report filed with a state-run news agency, cleric Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti demanded a local woman from the town of Shahmirzad cover herself up as the two passed each other on the street. The report claims the woman replied, “You, cover your eyes,” before she shoved him down and began kicking him.
Anti-aging seems to be the hot topic of the day. Sales of life extending products have skyrocketed in the US generating billions of dollars of revenue each year. Even though products fly off the shelves, medical experts remain unconvinced. Claims regarding the efficacy of these products have been roundly criticized and the use of such products has not proven to affect the aging process.
Years ago I remember sitting in a little Methodist church with my Sunday school teacher. In my memory she is a big presence and I am very small. I can hardly sit still because I am anxious to recite Psalm 23 and The Lord’s Prayer. My faith roots are developing and even though I do not know the Lord personally yet, these Scriptures are now hidden deep down in my heart.
FEAR - that noxious stimulant that attacks our naked emotional nerve endings. That painful agitation in the presence of danger that sometimes attacks quietly by tucking itself away in the deepest corners of our hearts or attacks violently and openly, causing an extremely dramatic "storm of fear" smack dab in the messy middle of our lives.
In Acts 20:24, the Apostle Paul said, “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and my ministry that I have received from the Lord Jesus.”
One day Jesus got into a boat with His disciples, and He said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” Note that Jesus charted the course to the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The area was largely uninhabited and, therefore, was a good place to rest.
I received several new frogs for my birthday this year. Why? Because Darryl and I share an inside joke about a frog from an experience a few years ago and more and more people are finding out about it. That was all there was to it until I received an e-mail with a Scriptural acronym for FROG – (F)ully (R)ely (O)n (G)od.