Last week I knew that Sunday I was going to begin the “Shout” part of the “Seek & Shout” series we’ve been in for the last few months.  The “Seek” part was rather uneventful, as it centered around seeking “More of God.” In other words, learning to pursue and experience that abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10: “I have come that they might have life and that more abundantly.”  (Well. uneventful except for that one lesson on counting it all joy when you fall into various trials.)  I knew going into the week that the “Shout” part wasn’t…

Early Friday morning I went for a two-mile walk with my MP3 player and worship music. I chose to walk that morning in an area where I have long stretches with sidewalks around subdivisions, rather than through them. I feel free as I walk to sing aloud and raise my hands in praise. The weather was cool even though the sun was shining. I didn’t meet one person on my walk.  As the songs rolls through my MP 3 player I just worshipped and prayed.  There is, however, one line in one song that makes me cry every time it…

I received an email offer for 3 free printable charts showing 30 names of God. The charts were to have the original language, pronunciation, Scripture reference, meaning, etc. All I had to do was go to the website to download them. Well, first I had to input my email. I knew doing that would get me on another email address list and I’d start receiving more “offers” in my inbox. The idea of the charts was still interesting, so I input my email.  Then I needed to check a box indicating, “I’m not a robot.”  I’ve been seeing these “I’m…

One section of my daily worship walk is next to a drainage ditch. There is a path down both sides and lots of vegetation growing all around the ditch and the walkways. This seems to be a favorite place for quail, killdeer and little black birds with bright red on their wings.   When I walk there, the quail burst from their nests. The killdeer also spring from theirs and lead me away all the while wailing and pretending to be injured so that if I was a true predator, I would follow them instead of going after their babies. The…

My most memorable experience at the Boise Art Museum (BAM) was an exhibit of vases of all sizes and shapes. I’ve often shared about this experience because it became a living Scripture verse for me. The vases were blown into their various shapes and then covered with layer upon layer of different colors, one on top of another. Then the artist scored and scarred with a tool through the various layers of these colors and created woodland and forest scenes. BAM placed a light in many of them and the brilliance of that light on the inside made these vases…

Light. I love light. I open blinds early in the morning so that I might catch the first rays that come through my windows. I don’t care if it is summer or winter, the blinds are open and inviting the light into our home.  That changed when Bob went through this recent eye surgery. The light bothered him, so we kept the blinds and curtains shut to keep the room dark for his comfort. This went on for five days. He was comfortable in the dark; I was miserable.  When Paul told the Corinthians that the “god of this age”…

My husband Bob needs to have cataracts removed. Speaking from experience that’s fairly easy surgery nowadays. He needed to have a growth removed on one eye, however, before the surgeon could do the cataracts. So last week I took him in for the surgery. It was supposed to be a 15-minute procedure. I started to worry after 90 minutes.  Finally, he came out of the eye surgeon’s office, grimacing, wearing a large eye patch. The growth was more complicated to remove than originally thought and he had a few stitches in his eye under a pressure bandage. Not a happy…

I woke up last Friday morning with two things that had replayed in my mind throughout the night. The first was from Scripture, the second a line from a song.  The verse that kept repeating was actually a combination of two found in Romans 8.  “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus … to those who are the called according to His purpose.”    Somehow in my sleep I combined part of verse 1 with part of verse 28.  I kept thinking (in my sleep) about how wonderful it was to be called according to…

2019 has been a strange weather year here in Idaho, as well as across our nation. Where I live, January was warm, February, March and April were cold, and we had one of the wettest May’s we’ve ever had. June so far has been hot and has also produced thunderstorms.  Just the other night we sat in the quiet and listened to the thunder rumble across the skies. I love thunderstorms!  I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and I remember the thunderstorms. I loved watching the lightning strikes on the banks of the Monongahela River. I loved listening to the…

Someone close to me once asked me what I would do if I ever found myself alone. Would I re-marry?  I said no; I am content when alone. They countered that I should not be so adamant about that. After a lot of back and forth conversation, I ended by saying, if God wants me to re-marry, He’ll have to write it on the wall!  That reference, of course, comes from the Book of Daniel, chapter 5. King Belshazzar, a descendent of Nebuchadnezzar, threw a big party for a thousand of his nobles and their wives and concubines. As the…