On the Way Up

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.  -Philippians 4:4 NIV Today, we have a guest writer—Diane Petersen. She has been a rock for Raye and I, and recently revealed to us a letter she wrote a few years ago. We were moved by it. Here’s the back-story:  In the early morning hours after a […]

Drinking From the Cup of Compromise

“Be very careful then how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15 NIV photo credit: mcuff via photopin cc   Sometimes I wish I never heard the name Jesus.  I wish I had never opened the Bible, or went […]

A Wedding Celebration

“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.  Jesus’ mother was there.” John 2:1 NIV   It’s the beginning of wedding season (at least here in Southern California).   My family celebrated the union of two into one.  It was a wonderful day and evening.  A beautiful bride, a handsome groom, […]

Look Up

 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. – Matthew 17:8 NIV   When I was in middle and high school, I was a member of the colorguard.  You know, those people that spin flags, rifles, and sabers, perform at half-time shows, and band competitions?  Yes, that was me.   I remember going […]

A Cheetos Jesus

“When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, ‘Everything the Lord has said we will do.’”  Exodus 24:3        Do you see an animal image in the picture above?   After most of the water dried off of our front porch from a […]


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. – Philippians 2:3 NIV photo credit: HeyThereSpaceman. via photopin cc   The other day I was at the grocery store when I could hear a young child, a few aisles over, having a pretty serious tantrum.  The sounds of […]


“He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.” Daniel 2:21  NLT My quasi O.C.D. (obsessive compulsive disorder) kicked in the other day.  I’m hoping someone will give me comfort and tell me they do the same thing.  […]

When Lemons are Limes: A Lesson on Expectations

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21 NIV When we moved into our new home, I bought a lemon tree for our backyard patio.  I had picked out the best looking tree, bought the perfect pot, and the right kind of soil.   […]