How to Live in this World

March 4, 2021S.A.P.

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Colossians 3:2 Easier said than done.  Who’s got time to sit around thinking about heavenly things when we’ve got so much going here on earth? We’re busy enough just making it from one day to the next. Careers or joblessness, kids and their schooling, … Read More

All God Wants

February 25, 2021S.A.P.

Scripture: Amos 5:21, 23-24: “I hate all your show and pretense—the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.” Application: Wow. Who … Read More

Peace

February 18, 2021S.A.P., Songs

The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do. —Psalm 33:13-15 What is it about this passage that brings me such peace? Every time I read it, I literally breathe it in and by the time … Read More

What’s in a Name?

February 11, 2021S.A.P.

Did you ever wish you had a different name? One that was more descriptive of the person you are—or the one you’d like to be? When I was a teenager, I wanted to be Heather. I don’t know why, except that in those days, Heather was a far more unique name than the one my … Read More

What If?

February 4, 2021S.A.P., Songs

What if you could go back in time and change something that would forever alter your life?  What fork in the road shaped you as, perhaps subconsciously, you chose one way over the other? All things considered, would you take the other path? I’d love to watch a movie of my life lived on the … Read More

Be the Light

January 28, 2021S.A.P.

I’ve had this theme of light running through my head over the last six months of 2020 and into 2021. For a long time I just considered it an off-shoot of my 2020 Word of the Year–my daily reminder to “shine.” But today I remembered where I was less than a year ago–before we’d ever … Read More

Miracles

January 21, 2021S.A.P.

It’s possible to have your heart break and be blessed at the same moment. This was that kind of moment.—Tim Gustafson Even in the worst of times, miracles are born. Ours came early. But the miracles began long before his birth. At age 40, my daughter-in-law had no intention of becoming pregnant. Their marriage was on … Read More

“Meh”

January 14, 2021S.A.P.

I’m not into art, nor am I a deep thinker. So I was surprised when something struck me hard as I looked at a picture of a famous painting by Michelangelo. Creation of Adam had never stirred anything in me before. Yet in a flash, the new word I’d heard only in relation to “COVID … Read More

Heal Our Nation

January 11, 2021S.A.P.

For the first time in more than a decade, I had to go church surfing today.  I needed to hear from a church that at least spoke to, if not boldly put down, the events of the past week and their instigator. My church was silent, as were so many others.  Thankfully, I found just … Read More

Thank You for the Music

January 7, 2021S.A.P., Songs

This morning, one little bit of Scripture sent me down American Idol Memory Lane. Ahhhhh, how I loved those first many seasons! We used to schedule our activities around that weekly show, appalled yet fascinated by Simon Cowell’s ruthless critique. We cheered for our favorites and took it personally when they were booted off the … Read More