The crocuses and tulips and lilacs have bloomed. Now the irises, lily of the valley and peonies are blooming in my yard. The roses have buds. Springtime and summer teem with new plant life and flowers, created by God. I have brought some inside to enjoy. Wednesday evening, I listened to a young adult on the… Continue reading Joy and Thanksgiving in June
Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.
Public, Private or Home School?
Throughout the past year I have thought about our education system. We pay taxes for public schools. What is the return for the money? I am grateful for the education that I received in the public school system in the 1950s and 60s. I had classes in art and music in addition to reading, writing… Continue reading Public, Private or Home School?
Six Women in the Book of John
Men and women are created by God, equal with different roles. How did Jesus treat women? He included women in his teaching, he healed them, he encouraged them. In the fourth chapter of John, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at the well. The encounter is unusual for several reasons. Jews avoided traveling through Samaria, but… Continue reading Six Women in the Book of John
Three Women and Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 14. The Farmer’s Almanac gives the history of this day, pointing to three women who promoted respect and support for motherhood. In the middle of the 19th century, Ann Reeves Jarvis sponsored Mothers’ Day work clubs. Her goal was to improve the living condition for mothers in West Virginia. Julia… Continue reading Three Women and Mother’s Day
Tragic events happen. Yesterday I went to the funeral for a young man, just 31 years old. There were unanswered questions about his death, but the service provided a message of hope. Thirty-four years ago, my son passed away after a two year battle with leukemia. The pain of his death was searing. He had… Continue reading Eternal Perspective
Persistent About Health
Our health is a gift from God. He has given us an immune system to fight disease. Sometimes we need medical support and treatment. But I am wary of pills, medications and vaccines to treat everything. As a nurse I have observed a movement to develop protocols that are one size fits all. During the… Continue reading Persistent About Health
Garlic and Rosemary
April showers and sunshine turn my thoughts to the garden. I have started some tomato plants from seed, and next I will start some basil. It is a pleasure to walk outside and see the trees and bushes bud, and then flower. The perennial plants are beginning to sprout. The garlic cloves I planted last… Continue reading Garlic and Rosemary
Realizing Truth: Mary Magdalene
During the past couple weeks I was going through my book shelves and found a book that I had picked up at a resale shop. The Galileans: A Novel of Mary Magdalene was written by Dr. Frank Slaughter and published in 1953. But I never read it. It was time to read this book. Dr.… Continue reading Realizing Truth: Mary Magdalene
Gardens and Families
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12 The hyacinths are blooming and I notice their scent when I walk outside. The hyacinths, tulips and daffodils usher… Continue reading Gardens and Families
The Next Generation: the Children
A couple weeks ago I went on a road trip with my sisters. We drove to Kansas to visit my daughter and her family. My grandchildren were on spring break, giving us time together. We visited the Wichita Art Museum because the museum had a children’s program for the week of spring break. The boys… Continue reading The Next Generation: the Children