• Count Your Blessings

    What’s Your Word?

    I stopped making resolutions years ago. Instead, I decided to adopt a word or phrase with an accompanying scripture passage. I did not hasten to zoom in on my “word or phrase” but decided to let God lay it on…

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    A Different Kind of Christmas

    “You are the most of every situation.” I laughed when I read the fortune. Indeed I had been “the most” over the past few weeks after finding “Rhonda” (not her real name) slumped over half-dead on the floor from near…

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    My Favorite Things

    The mellow sound of a cello accompanied by a soft piano, the taste of my husband’s perfectly seasoned smoked ribs, the soft scrunch of my dogs’ ears, and the joy of my friend’s laughter as she shudders and squints her…

  • Count Your Blessings

    Thankful Thursday

    Next Thursday we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day taking time out to remember blessings from the good Lord throughout the year. Yeah, it’s been a hard year, but God is still God. He still bestows healing, miracles, mercy, love, grace,…

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    Pedals, Pipes, and Pistons

    Every Sunday I am blessed to sit on an organ bench and join the worship leader and accompanists to glorify, inspire, and praise the Lord through music. Sometimes the organ provides background support; other times it leads with majestic power.…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Purpose in Pain

    We’ve all heard the saying, there’s no gain without pain. Henry Ward Beecher takes it a little deeper: “Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.” The Bible describes numerous instances involving pain or discomfort.…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    The Gift of Pain

    “Pain – the gift nobody longs for, still it comes.” The lyrics recorded by singer Greg Long years ago stir up questions. Gift? Pain – a gift? Is that possible? Dr. Paul Brand says it is. He regards physical pain…