• Faith

    The Greatest Love

    It is Good Friday. I am remembering scenes recorded in the Bible that show Jesus’ great love. He prepared for his crucifixion with prayer. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray. And…

  • Faith - Family - Parenting - Prayer

    Branches of the Olive Tree

    For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10 The war in Israel is heartbreaking. The situation is complex. As Christians we need to pay attention and…

  • Faith

    Words We Need to Hear

    No one anticipated the brutal attack on Israel by Hamas. How did they break through Israel’s high tech security measures? I listen to the news for short periods of time. It is almost too much to take in. Yet, I am reminded that Jesus spoke about events that we should…

  • Book Reviews - Faith - Family

    Children, Families and Israel

    Over the past week I encountered Israel in a documentary movie and a book. Our small group went to see Route 60: The Biblical Highway. Although my husband and I have been to Israel and visited places from the southern tip of Israel to the northern edge, we saw some…

  • Faith - Women

    Notable Women in the Bible

    The last sentence in the book of Judges points to a time of disarray. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. There was no accountability. At critical moments in Israel’s history, women’s faithful prayers and actions made an impact on the future. During the period of the judges, the…

  • Faith - Prayer

    Timeless Truth

    The Bible has books that praise God, record His interaction in the world and report the words of Jesus. The Psalms have both praise and lament and I feel that I am in the company of people who have struggled with their faith. The gospel of John gives me a…

  • Faith - Prayer

    The Gospel in Guatemala

    After completing a year of employment as a nurse in a Detroit hospital I went on a mission trip. I served as a guest helper for Wycliffe Bible translators in Guatemala. I went to a little village, two hours or more from Guatemala City. The village of Cubulco was surrounded…

  • Faith - Health

    A Time for Steadfast Faith

    Currently I am studying the book of Ezra with women of my church. We looked at the reason that God allowed Israel’s captivity in Babylon. One reason was their failure to give the land its Sabbath rest. I read about the Sabbath rest that God commanded his people. I have…

  • Faith - Nature

    Living Well, Reflecting on the Psalms

    Every morning my husband and I read a Psalm together before we begin the day. Today we are on Psalm 115. We have read psalms of praise, lament and remembrance. Memories of crossing the Red Sea and the years in the Wilderness are recorded.  God’s power over the Red Sea…

  • Faith - Family

    A Reward with Added Dimension

    Her name was Naomi, but she said, “Call me Mara”. Mara means bitter. Her husband and her sons had died and left no heir. She was impoverished. Ruth saw the great sorrow of her mother-in-law and chose to stay with her. She was willing to travel from Moab to Judea,…