What’s Next?

April 15, 2021S.A.P.

I had a BFO (Blinding Flash of the Obvious) this morning after reviewing the results of a beta test I participated in last night: an assessment-in-development to help people discover their personal design in three unique areas. I love the insight we can gain about ourselves through such self-assessments. Using similar but secular tools made … Read More

“Just One More Thing”

April 9, 2021S.A.P.

This is what happens when I procrastinate. I never finished the pandemic project I’d begun a year ago, so I was bound and determined to tackle it to completion this time around. I wanted to get my basement cleaned up, with all of the memorabilia, photos and history from “the olden days” sorted, organized, and … Read More

April Fools!

April 1, 2021S.A.P.

Who doesn’t love delivering a good prank on April 1st? Setting someone you love up to appear foolish is great fun. But who wants to be the fool? That’s a different story. Especially if it’s not just at the hands of an April Fool’s prankster, but a way of life. There are 83 references to … Read More

Moving Toward Authentic Prayer

March 25, 2021S.A.P., Songs

When I first began church-hopping in search of something more, I was shocked to find so many that adhered to none of the standards I grew up with: —Services that didn’t include The Lord’s Prayer. —Churches where communion was offered only occasionally. —Auditoriums filled with chatty people compared to the somber mood and pews containing … Read More

“Quick & Easy”

March 18, 2021S.A.P.

Whenever I look for a new recipe, my initial Google search always includes the phrase “quick and easy.” As I skim through my finds, I eliminate any recipes without reviews, choosing to pursue only those that others have evaluated highly. If a recipe passes these basic requirements—quick, easy and highly evaluated by those who have … Read More

Does God Give Do-Overs?

March 11, 2021S.A.P.

Have you ever messed up and then begged God to undo whatever bad thing you just did? A month ago I did just that. Instead of beginning my day by oozing into God, I deviated to sin. Oh, not a big or interesting sin, but one that I repeat with regularity: Impatience. I impulsively leaped when … Read More

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