Gatsby’s Great Mistakes

I read Proverbs 13 this morning after seeing the new Gatsby movie on the weekend, and several verses made me think of Jay Gatsby. I wondered just how his quest would’ve been different is he’d heeded just three verses in Proverbs. Verse 7: “One man pretends to be rich yet has nothing; another pretends toContinue reading “Gatsby’s Great Mistakes”

The Story of Moses

Moses, great man of God, can teach us much about God’s patience and grace. God gave Moses abilities to use for his people, and we can learn as we read his story in Exodus. When God called Moses to go back to Egypt and rescue the Hebrews, God often had many opportunities to be angryContinue reading “The Story of Moses”

Late-Breaking Story

As a young boy, his mother brought him to church. His father didn’t attend with them. The boy soon outgrew church, trading it in for the outdoors. He hunted, trapped, and fished. Later still, he and my mom raised four daughters, and he attended church with the family only for baptisms and weddings. He guidedContinue reading “Late-Breaking Story”

Soup Stories

My four-year-old granddaughter sat on the bar stool, looking across the counter to where I prepared lunch at the kitchen sink. She said, “I can’t wait for the soup to cook; I’m so hungry.” “What would you trade for some soup?” I told her the Bible story of the older brother who sells his inheritanceContinue reading “Soup Stories”

Marriage Story

Show your children that the marital relationship is the main priority. Be courteous to each other. Respect your spouse by speaking well of them. Always. Enjoy the day-to-day routines and even the disasters, which will likely end up as treasured funny stories. My in-laws remained married for more than sixty-five years — until they diedContinue reading “Marriage Story”

Buffets of Books

  I’m standing in front of a buffet of all my favorite foods. Salmon, scallops, or crab?  Baked, roasted, or mashed potatoes? Dark chocolate brownies or apple crisp with ice cream? Do you ever feel like this? Frozen in place, overwhelmed with all the possibilities? I love choices, but there is a downside to tooContinue reading “Buffets of Books”

Seasonal Stories

Just as a year has seasons designed for certain tasks and priorities, so can a woman’s life story. A year’s seasons can be compared to the chapters in a woman’s life. Her coming-of-age, finding love, growing a family, living and working in her community and world. There is overlap, and chapters can come in aContinue reading “Seasonal Stories”