Getting Up Again ... and Again

For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again. Proverbs 24:16a (NIV 1984) Our first kitten was a doozy. Her name was Tiger Lily—“Lily” was added to let folks know she was a girl, but “Tiger” was her name of choice. Her antics kept us wavering from laughter to consternation. Early in her career as a jumper, Tiger Lily repeatedly tried and failed to leap high enough to reach the top of our dining room hutch. It was an elusive goal that tormented her—and us as we watched her attempts and failures! She would size it up, then crouch and spring. She would hit the side of the hutch with a frightening force and fall to the ground over and over. We tried […] Read more »

Face to Face

I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 2 John 12 I keep a pretty tidy house, but you’d never know it to look at my refrigerator. Plastered with pictures, it looks a lot like this photo. Scattered amongst the pictures on my fridge, you’d also see precious, hand-made drawings from grandchildren that are simply amazing (of course no bias here!). You could spend hours perusing the collection on that refrigerator. You see, I love faces. Human faces are truly remarkable. Each one is distinct. Even identical twins are a smidge different from each other. Our […] Read more »

Yoked

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 I’ve been pondering what it looks like to be “yoked with Christ.” Have you checked out a yoke lately? It’s a bit intimidating. Looks rigid and confining. Once one ox is yoked to another, they’re basically stuck together until someone unyokes them. Sounds ... restrictive, doesn’t it? So, why would Jesus want us yoked with Him? Why would He use the analogy of a yoke when we are weary and burdened? Being yoked […] Read more »

Eggs in a Basket

  “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 Sometimes life can seem overwhelming and there just doesn’t seem to be anyone who can help. Ever been there? I remember a time in my marriage when I felt very alone. My husband was busy with work and a dissertation, and he had no spare time or energy for a wife whose emotions were as fragile as eggs. It seemed like every time I shared a hurt or emotional need with him, he just dropped the “egg.” Splat. And I had a whole basketful. To be fair, he was exhausted, and I was needy. Not a good combination. I shared in a previous Musing, entitled Bitter Roots, how a mentor […] Read more »

Thoughts on Toast and Tragedies

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you, and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) It always feels wrong to me. While others are hurting, I'm doing mundane things like making toast or taking the dog for a walk. The dissonance is jarring. Today, my mind is spinning from the latest horror and the endless horrors that preceded it: hurricanes, earthquakes, large and growing refugee camps, and Nigerian school girls captured by Boko Haram, some released and recovering, some still enslaved. Endless stories of suffering on a scale I have never experienced and can barely comprehend. Then, there are the “smaller” stories in cancer […] Read more »

Bitter Roots

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  Hebrews 12:15 It was not an easy time. My husband, Ray, had been invited by West Point, his alma mater, to attend graduate school, all expenses paid, and then to teach at the United States Military Academy. In fact, if he wished, he could get a master’s degree—and his doctorate. At the time, it seemed like a no-brainer. I mean. Wow. Free PhD? How cool was that? It wasn’t until we were too far into the decision to back out, that we realized “free” wasn’t exactly ... free. God blessed us with two little girls just 15 months apart, and […] Read more »