It’s springtime in the Treasure Valley in Idaho, which means it’s also the beginning of wasp season. I’m not sure why, but this year the wasps seem especially plentiful. Overnight, they have their little mud nests built in every crack and corner. Over the last couple weeks, every time I’ve gone over to the church, I’ve gone on a wasp search. Their coloring makes them almost invisible against our log walls and variegated brown carpet. I spray, wait for them to die, and then pick up their nasty little carcasses so no one will step on them. Before women’s fellowship…

Bob and I were in a Cracker Barrel restaurant the other evening. We were seated over in one corner. It was a weeknight and not very many people were present. We were quietly talking and laughing when a middle-aged woman exiting from the middle of the restaurant made a detour to our table. She smiled as she looked at me and said, “I just wanted to stop and tell you how lovely you are and how much you look like my mother,” then she added, “She lives in New York and I miss her so much!” I returned the lady’s…

I remember from my English composition classes in school that when you begin a written work, whether a book, or poem, or short story, you need to grab people’s attention in the very beginning. You cannot wait until the middle of the piece for it to be interesting, most people don’t have that kind of attention span. Paul must have had the same instruction because he really knows how to begin his letters. Ephesians is a prime example of that. After the salutation where he identifies himself and the people to whom the letter is being sent and offers a…

My inbox was full of free offers this morning.  I can buy a dozen Krispy Kreme’s and get another dozen free. With just Bob and me in the house, not sure we’ll partake of that.  Texas Roadhouse wants to offer me a free appetizer. I can choose from “Cactus Blossom (a breaded and fried onion), fried pickles, tater skins loaded with stuff, cheese fries, rattlesnake bites.”  Those all sound like they would send my blood sugars through the roof. Every morning my inbox is filled with “free” offers.  I can get a “free” chapter of a book but must later…

I am surrounded by wonderful Christian women at The Way Assembly of God in Middleton.  At the Women’s Fellowship last Friday, the women literally surrounded me and prayed for me. I had been battling a bad attitude, a little impatience (maybe a lot of impatience), some uncertainty and other such things as I’ve waited for a situation to be resolved. None of the ladies knew any of this, they just spontaneously (under the guidance of the Holy Spirit) told me to sit in the chair and they gathered around and prayed. Early Saturday morning I left for my worship walk….

My online news feed wants to convince me of “All the ways the royals are just like us.”  One prime example to prove that point was the fact that recently the Duchess of Sussex (the former Meghan Markle) shut her own car door! Be still my heart!  I am laughing thinking about all the times I’ve schlepped three kids, diaper bags, groceries, and other items in and out of cars, vans and trucks. I’m pretty sure I closed my own door, along with everyone else’s more than once. The article also cited the time Prince William and Duchess Kate had…

Every preacher knows (or should know) that you must live your messages before you can give your messages to others. As someone mentioned to me recently, maybe that is why preachers often avoid the hard messages. The last few months have been tough as my messages have centered around seeking more of God. How can I tell people to uncomplicate their lives, unless I uncomplicate mine? How can I tell others they must decrease, if I refuse to do so?  How do I encourage others to embrace God’s will, His plan, His Word, if I demand my own?  Yep, it’s…

I have had a bad attitude for a few days now. I know I have had a bad attitude. Bob knows I’ve had a bad attitude. And surely, God knows I have had a bad attitude.  I think I even know why I have had a bad attitude, but just knowing why has not done much to change my bad attitude. Usually, when a bad attitude begins to settle in, I turn my attention to the Psalms. Granted, there were times when even the psalmists had bad attitudes, but mainly, what I find are reasons to praise, worship, trust, know,…

We have a nice little house in Caldwell, Idaho, bought 12 years ago this month. It needed work, both inside and outside. Over the years we’ve made improvements, including the upgraded kitchen when we had water damage last year. Thankfully, that improvement was expensed through insurance. The master bath, which wasn’t in very good shape when we moved in, is yet to be improved.  We are “exploring” different options. What we’ve found is “cheap” and “not cheap” builders.  Fortunately, the foundation is good, so we can build on it with little worry.  Ah. “Each one should be careful how he…

Springtime. Flowers. Warm days. Sunshine late into the evening. Weeds. Yep, you saw that correctly—weeds. There are so many things to love about spring, weeds, however, is not one. As soon as they turn on our pressurized irrigation, we start watering. From what I understand, that water is only filtered for the big stuff, the little weed seeds are not filtered out. So now when we water, we are sprinkling weed seeds into our flower beds and lawns. It’s nice to have the pressurized irrigation, convenient, and cheap. It’s not nice to have the weeds. We got a bit of…