“One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and will take the name of Israel.” – Isaiah 44:5 NIV     Do I even dare broach the subject of tattoos?   I think we’ve all seen by now […]

5 Lessons I Caught from My Dad

“Listen to your father, who gave you life.” – Proverbs 23:22 NIV I celebrated my last Father’s Day with my dad almost 20 years ago. At the time, cancer was sucking the life out of him. He looked more like a passing shadow than the man who had raised me. As I see my husband […]

He Kept His Promise

  The day she was born, he held her using both hands. His right cupped under her delicate head and the left at her little feet. As in a Lion King moment, he raised her high up into the air, presenting his bundle of joy to the world.   As he lifted his tiny daughter, the […]

A Remedy for Anger

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11 ESV Anger is one of those emotions we’d rather not talk about.   There’s no good side to anger. Sure, there’s righteous anger where an injustice  may prompt us to take up a cause or pursue […]

Drought Stricken

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”  Isaiah 12:3  NIV         The State of California is in a drought. The experts are calling it a “severe drought.”   I live here.  Yep, it’s dry! The rains that normally come in the spring were mere trickles this year, and […]