Repeat After Me

When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel. —Deuteronomy 17:18-20 NLT How are you at memorizing information? I […] Read more »

Please Be Good

Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! —Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV Do you know any parents who hold their newborn baby in their arms for the first time and determine right on the spot to hurt and wound and damage that baby? Neither do I. When we hold a fragile, helpless infant in our arms, we might worry about our ability to keep them alive, but we certainly want them to do well. As they grow, we teach them as best we can how to thrive in this world. We insist on car seats, strapped in and secure. We teach them to look both ways […] Read more »

The Problem with Expectations

  But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! —2 Kings 5:11 NLT   I was tired of being home. (I expect you may be feeling that way, too. We have all basically been home since March, haven’t we?) I decided we could risk a short vacation in Vermont, a state next to ours; both states blessedly low in Covid cases. We usually book very inexpensive accommodations because our jobs, though rich in heavenly rewards, are not rich in monetary rewards. [Ha!] However, to be sure we would be safe, I […] Read more »

The Day Shaundra Spoke Up

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” —Isaiah 58:9b-10 NIV I can’t remember her name. It was something soft and beautiful … like Shaundra. She was gentle and beautiful, too, soft like her name. Always a smile on her face, she did her work in my Christian middle school English classroom with intelligence and wit. I enjoyed her, and after class whenever time allowed, I loved to chat with her. I simply assumed she was as happy as she seemed, and it never […] Read more »

How Long, Lord?

We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. —Psalm 74:9 NIV Sometimes life is hard. Well, actually, life is often hard. It seems 2020 has brought one crisis after another—and the future can look bleak. In my personal life, several dear ones are going through really hard times: cancer, infertility, divorce, broken relationships. My heart aches for each individual, and I remember times when my own heart felt like a frozen tundra with no sign of warmth or life or hope. It seemed like winter would last forever. You know one of the hardest things about a hard time? Not knowing how long it will last. Yeah. Asaph, the writer of Psalm […] Read more »