Teapots And Power Tools

All of our experiences can have spiritual lessons. These devotionals are stories from my life with biblical application to encourage your walk with God. 

Boundaries Book Review

As a student of human behavior, I have often heard the story of the children on a fenced in playground enjoying recess with reckless abandon, while student on a fenceless playground huddled together toward the center of the play area. The fence gave students a sense of security and freedom. It kept them within theContinue reading “Boundaries Book Review”

Do You Have Beautiful Feet

We need to see ourselves through the blood colored glasses that God sees us through, because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139 and even more importantly; We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Grandmas, Cranberries and Cinnamon Rolls Part II

Gram was a tiny, meek, compassionate lady. Her favorite Christmas carol was, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” written during the Civil War. Take a minute and look up the words. It is a pretty powerful song. She was born during WWI and had her babies during WWII. She truly desired peace on earth and had goodwill toward men.

Grandmas, Cranberries & Cinnamon Rolls

It is still dark in the house. The warmth of the fire crackling in the fireplace and the delicate lights on the Christmas tree spark memories of my youth. Cinnamon and vanilla scents wafting from my oven kindle the comforting nostalgia growing inside of me. As a child, we would spend a quiet Christmas EveContinue reading “Grandmas, Cranberries & Cinnamon Rolls”

Receiving the Gift

Luke 21:1-4 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out ofContinue reading “Receiving the Gift”

Scones, Skivers and Hospitality: Part Two

Scones, Skivers, and Hospitality: Part Two Aunt Gerda, my husband’s spunky 90 something year old aunt, came to the US from Denmark when she was only five. Her family has been an integral part of the Solvang, CA community for more than 80 of her years. My husband spent most of his youth there asContinue reading “Scones, Skivers and Hospitality: Part Two”

Scones, Skivers and Hospitality

Several years ago, I was having tea with friends at an adorable little tea cottage. We could choose our tea from an extensive list, but our food was a set menu. Two pots of fragrant steaming tea were served with dainty sandwiches and succulent fruit. Anticipating the next round of food, my enthusiasm waned whenContinue reading “Scones, Skivers and Hospitality”

A Cup of Contentment Sweetened with Sprinkles of Gratefulness

1 Timothy 6:6-7 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. I love to give gifts. More than giving them, I love to see that the receiver is grateful and excited to use the gift that I have given. The more IContinue reading “A Cup of Contentment Sweetened with Sprinkles of Gratefulness”

The Shepherd’s Wife (Book Review)

There is nothing better than getting a new book in the mail, except when that book is from a kindred spirit, fellow alum, and amazing author! Angie walks us all over the countryside of ancient Israel as we accompany the brothers and sisters of Jesus in their journeys of faith and family. I could feelContinue reading “The Shepherd’s Wife (Book Review)”

Finding Freedom in Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not once and done for us finite and fallible human beings; it is an ongoing process of the heart. Often we can offer forgiveness for an “offense” and never think about it again or look back and even laugh about it. All too often, however, the offense is repeated, the wounds reopened, theContinue reading “Finding Freedom in Forgiveness”