Time with my best friend

This past weekend I attended a conference and was challenged to do a creative writing exercise.  I am a math teacher, which means I am a very logical, orderly thinker, so this was definitely a challenge for me.  So here it is.  Let me know your thoughts. Being with a close friend is like a warm hug from a grandmother who smells of peppermint and cookies.  That feeling of comfort, peace and acceptance flow from the time I talk with my best friend.  He takes the time to listen as patiently as a...

Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies girl speaking
I have been struggling with how to write this blog for a while now.  I want you to know that I have nothing against women in leadership, women pastor’s and women teaching men.  However, I do have something against some of the attitudes our women leaders have.  As I have studied the bible and looked at women leaders there, they never demanded followers.  They did not expect respect as a leader because they were a woman.  They just did what God asked them to do and people took notice.  Deborah was...

Forbearance – What does that word mean?

Definition of forbearance
We deal with tough people and situations every day.  How do you handle it?  A word that came up in my bible study this week was FORBEARANCE.   According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, forbearance means “the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry.”  As I read that definition a several  things stood out to me. First, is that forbearance is a character quality.  It is not an action but a way of thinking that our actions foll...

Genuine (Fair Week) – Rabbits can teach us a lesson

definition of genuine
This week in Saginaw County, Michigan it is fair time!  I have enjoyed going to the fair since I was a little girl.  My dad always took us to the tractor pulls, horse pulls and of course, the rides.  I entered some crafts in the 4-H program as a child and my children did the same thing.  But with my kids, we had rabbits to show every year.  My husband and I became involved with the rabbit barn and have worked at it for several years.  My children are all done with the 4-H program and have moved ...

Purpose – What was God thinking?

Definition of purpose
In July 1992, I was nine months pregnant with our first son, my husband was graduating from college and we had our first call to a church.  My life was going just as expected.  Ever notice when you feel that way, God has a way of saying “I’m the one in charge, not you?” Well, two weeks before our son was born and we were to move to our new church, we got a call “The church is closed.  You are still welcome to come and help in a restart but there is no longer a congregation here.”  WOW!  I was a...

Fear – Is fear holding us back?

Definition of Fear
We all have a fear of something.  Whether that is spiders, mice, heights or the million other things we can be afraid of.  But what fear in our life is holding us back.  Are we afraid to fail, afraid to be judged, afraid to not fit in, afraid to speak the truth?  Those fears keep us from doing the very things God calls us to do.  I have struggled with this for many years.  My personality wants people to like me.  I like to be a part of whatever group I am with.  BUT, if I let that drive my actio...

Wedding Week – Preparing for my son’s wedding

Wedding rings on Bible
Wedding Week As we prepare for my second son’s wedding this weekend, nostalgia, excitement and prayers are abundant.  It has been so exciting to see our son find love and develop the relationship with a wonderful girl.  It has been my prayer since by children were small that they would find partners that love the Lord and want to serve him first.  What a joy to see that happening! From the day he was born, Trevor has been the peacemaker in the family.  He does not like to see people hurtin...

Rejoice – Do you know the WHO in your day?

Definition of rejoice
Deuteronomy 31:8 is a great verse to start your day with and get into the rejoicing mode.  It says “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” And again in Philippians 4 Paul tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!” How do we do that? The key is what I learned from one of my professors at Bartlesville Wesleyan College; Dr. Weeter shared in a message “The how and ...

Path – Who are you walking with?

Definition of path
I have heard so many sermons about choosing the right path, leading others to the right path, how to get back on the right path but this week during prayer at a church we were visiting I distinctly heard God ask me another question I had not thought about before. “Are you willing to walk with someone on their path to Me instead of just showing them the path to Me?” I have learned a lot about evangelism and have talked with people about my faith and how they can take steps to be closer to God...

Correcting – Stop judging me . . . really?

Definition of correct
The bible is good for correcting . . .  I am very tired of church people using the word judging in place of correcting and rebuking.  When one of my children made a bad decision it was my job as a parent to rebuke and correct them.  I would be a horrible parent if I just let it go.  The same is true in the work place.  Supervisors are supposed to correct and rebuke their workers to make the work place safe and functional.  So why do we get so bent out of shape when someone tries to get us back o...