Are These Thoughts Really My Own?

Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 9.31.14 PMIn the short time it took me to turn off my alarm clock and stumble to my coffee pot, I had questioned what was I really accomplishing in my life, whether today would be useless or not, and if my dreams would ever come true. Read more

Shout Out To Ananias!

Man Eye Covered Blind Forbidden Lost ConceptShout out to Ananias. Ana who? Ananias’s story can be found in the first half of chapter nine in the book of Acts. The chapter starts out telling us about Saul’s (later to be renamed Paul) hatred of Christians. Saul was a highly educated Pharisee. He had been schooled in every detail of the Jewish law and felt that the Jesus’s believers needed to be violently stopped from spreading their news of a risen Savior. Read more

Simple Steps

Concept conceptual 3D male businessman on stair or steps over suPicture Jesus preaching to a crowd. Luke 9:12-17 tells us that a multitude of people had followed Jesus out to a remote place where He taught them about the kingdom of God and healed those who needed healing. Late in the afternoon, His disciples urged Him to send the people away so that they could get something to eat. Jesus responds to them, “You give them something to eat.” Read more

Does it Smell in Here?

Disgusted woman closing her nose and smelling something bad isol“Oh my word! What happened in here?” I yelled as I opened the front door to our house. The entire place smelled like a porta potty at a county fair. My mind focused as I went into “sniff-it-out, blood hound-on-the-hunt” mode. Something rotting in the garbage disposal? Maybe a trash can that had been harboring a dead rodent I wasn’t aware of?  Read more

“Pops! Remember!”

Pepin Family“Did you get to see the girlies?” I asked my husband as he entered the kitchen. He had just been at the park with his huge extended family. His nine siblings, their spouses, children, and grandchildren were in town for a weekend wedding. “Yep, I saw them. And I have a message for you.” I hung on every word as he described the scene of our four-year-old granddaughter singling him out amongst the large family crowd. I could picture her big brown eyes as he imitated her in his best pre-K voice: “Pops, you gotta tell Mimi to come pick me up from school this week, okay? I go back to school tomorrow, and I need her to come get me and take me to her house to play, kay? She said I could come.” Read more

The King’s Ear

In years gone by, during the days when kings reigned and had absolute power, those around them would physically bow while behind the scenes they were socially bending and contorting to try to obtain the closest position to the king. All that power, all that strength and sovereignty sitting on the throne. Having the ear of the king was usually based on which family a person was born into or knowing people of status. Many years of strategic conniving and positioning often occurred just to have the chance of the king listening to one’s desires or thoughts. Read more

What Brand Do You Wear?

Guest Blogger: Lindsay Pepin Ophus

Hilti VanI love branding. As an advertising degree holder, I like to see how companies get their names out there. Whether it is the 13-year-old who begged her mom to wear a shirt with “Nike” written on it or the viral videos created by GoPro, we see these brands and we either buy into them or we don’t.
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How Do I Know What God Wants Me To Do?

Couple reading map while leaning on car hood during road tripI would do what God wants me to do if He would just tell me! Ever had that frustrating thought? If only it could be as easy as asking Siri. Hey Siri (fill in God’s name), should I take this new job? Hey Siri (fill in God’s name), should I marry this guy? Move to Iowa? Put my kid in this school or that one? I have often, in frustration, wanted a quick answer and wished I could google it or shoot a quick text to heaven. Read more

Etch A Sketch

etch-a-sketchDid you ever have one of those drawing boards where you could twirl one knob and, right before your eyes, a horizontal line would appear and keep growing until you stopped turning? And if the matching knob on the other side of the picture was twisted, then a lateral line appeared? These were the days before electronic games entertained kids in the backseat on a road trip. Even though it wasn’t sophisticated, it kept us entertained until the screen was filled with lines and it was time to begin again.  Read more

Would You Be My Lie Detector?

A man passes a lie detector testHave you ever had racing thoughts? Frustrating thoughts? Thoughts of dread, regret, or fear? We all have. You’re fat, lazy, and a terrible mother. You will never be the business partner who can produce. You’d better check and double check that your child is safe. It’s a constant battering of accusations like the ocean waves crashing over and over again, trying to erode our life’s shoreline. What is our country coming to? Will my children be happy? Why can I never get my act together? How are all these bills going to get paid? Read more