• Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

    I saw a photo on Facebook a few days ago, where a young lady described her relief and thankfulness that she had a headlamp on her during a hike. She reported that she thought she knew the way. She thought she was on the path, but before long she realized she was lost and it was getting darker by the minute. She would be OK though, because she flipped on her headlamp to guide her back along the path and out of the forest. One picture she posted was her with a huge smile and her headlamp shining brightly. "Thankful for this simple but powerful tool." (MORE)

  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (James 1:2-3)

    The potter wasn't pleased with her work. She had been spinning this piece of clay for hours, but she couldn't quite get it to do what she wanted. Finally, it started to take shape, but it wasn't done yet. She needed to continue molding and shaping that clay pot until it looked exactly like she wanted.  (MORE)

  • My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. (Proverbs 3:21-23)


    Our son gave a name to exposed tree roots on the hiking paths we take.  He calls them "stumbles."  What an appropriate nickname, because that's exactly what they cause him to do, stumble.  If he's dragging his feet or not looking where he's walking, those tree roots can trip you up.  And man that hurts. (MORE)

  • In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. (Psalm 25:1)


    My kids still trust that I can pick them up by their feet upside down or swing them around and won't drop them.  They trust the floaties around their arms will keep them afloat and push them back to the surface when they jump into the pool.  When they have a bad dream or can't sleep, they trust they will sleep peacefully in our bed. Trust is something little children grow and demonstrate with their parents. If that's how kids are with their parents, why then do we have such a hard time trusting God? (MORE)