Losing My Joy

Meeting Today’s Challenges Head-On! December 15, 2015 Dear Julie: With the holidays upon us, the annual struggle with my kids is at the boiling point. They want so many things I can’t afford. I read stories about Christmas past, how children were content with one small gift because they understood the family didn’t have any money. My kids know I don’t have any money but that... read more

The Promise of An End to Earthly Suffering. (And Then What?)

This morning, amid piles of furniture and clutter and dust, we cleared a spot in the living room and shared a bagel. Our house has been torn up for a week while installers finish the new floor. In the end, it will be worth it, but the days drag on. Then I think of the Haitians who see no end to their displacement . . . or our neighbor who lies in bed waiting for an end to his suffering. What do you say... read more

The Promise of Joy!!!!

My friends, today I refer you to Susanne Lakin’s wonderful post on the We CAN! blog at The post is called “Zoom Out” and it offers helpful insights on a promise from Psalm 30:5 which says “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” When do you find it hardest to believe that joy comes... read more

A Promise to Lift Your Spririts

They say that depression is highest around the holidays, especially Christmas. Having experienced a “low” over Thanksgiving, I now understand what a downer depression can be. Could God ever want me to be depressed?Then where does depression originate?And what is the antidote for it? Consider this: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). When we lack His joy, what can... read more

A String of Selah Pearls – Psalm 49:14-15

Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.” Psalm 49:14-15 “Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from... read more