• Finding faith in the contrary

    Every morning, I watch our son, “Precious,” coffee cup in one hand, watering hose in the other, make his rounds from the tomato plants to the fruit trees. This morning, I noticed something new. The tips of the leaves in the garden have begun to get bit by our cool night temperatures. As if written of Mary, Mary herself, our recent weather may be contrary to an expected harvest. Fortunately, we are living proof to the contrariness that has been this growing season. On Sunday night at our family …

  • Truth: spoken or heard?

    I have heard various people say, “speak your truth.” Or, “that is his or her truth.” On the surface, it sounds right. Then again, what if you and I say things in conflict, but both believe we are speaking the truth? Could two opposing views be right? It’s a question I struggle with, so I went to the only source I know that is true north, God’s Word. Jesus said, “… I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” — John 18:37. Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What…

  • The sole and the soul

    I had been swept off my feet. I felt my eyelids grow heavy as my eyeballs rolled upward. My legs were in the air and I was in heaven. No sooner had I felt like someone was about to shut off all the lights, my son "Precious" walked into the house, pinched one of my toes and said, "..and this little piggy went wee, wee, wee all the way home." I thought I was going to levitate right then and there. Every nerve in my body was firing as I blurted out, "Go away and let me hurt in peace." My friend, a …

  • Peace and chocolate

    I can't believe it. I never saw myself as that kind of a person. I never even thought I could be enticed that way. Before, when my Sweet Al took pleasure in it, I was critical. Sorry to say, I have fallen headfirst into this feverish addiction. In this crazy and chaotic world, only heaven knows what's going on beyond what we see and hear. but it's that, like a box of chocolate dumped out on the table, the headlines, a mix of temptation vying for my attention. As any good closet eater does, I've …


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