The Keeper

My people were keepers for a reason. The Great Depression left many with little, so the stubborn survivors saved anything useful. Things like bacon grease, ham bones, chipped cups, and cracked bowls. Food scraps, fabric scraps, wood scraps, and tin scraps. Cardboard hand fans and shoes resoled with the cardboard of broken fans. They reclaimed delicate love letters, sturdy Sears catalogs, …

The Descent of Refreshing

The trickles on the melting mountaintop eventually gathered into a cascade that tumbled freely from the faces of granite. Downstream from its tumultuous descent, the crystal stream slid crisp and cold along the mossy rocks, always seeking lower ground. The ripple gurgled and bubbled, ever spilling lower as it had for centuries. Living Water also flows downward, for the flow of God’s Spirit always goes …

The Visit

The truth is that our petitions had a lot to do with their coming. Mama and Kay were novices at all things aviation, but the fervent call of our five-year-old proved stronger than their fear of flying.  It almost didn’t happen for problems with tickets, scheduling, and cost. But as their resolve stiffened, mother and daughter boarded the first leg …

The Tour Guide Plus

I anticipated the field trip with great expectancy. Not as an eight-year-old, but as a twenty-eight-year-old I enthusiastically welcomed the break from school. My husband and I had moved internationally four weeks prior and I was ready for a break from language study.  Previous assigned cultural trips included the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial and the Tamsui Red Castle. The excitement wasn’t …

The Potter

  Throwing a terra cotta lump in the center of his wheel, the potter gently but firmly pressed his hands into the spinning clay. As his nails and wrists caked with the mud and moisture, he patiently conformed the block into a pliable piece. Continually wetting his hand to keep the lump moist, he worked until it gradually yielded, softening …

Satisfied in Singleness?

  Blogger Debbie McDowell may have more stamps in her passport than anyone I know. This South Carolina resident loves the world, the people in it and especially the Father, who created it all. Hear her unique perspective on His strength working within her daily weaknesses.    ——————————–   When I am most satisfied in Jesus that is when I …

Diggin’ In

  For some time now, we’ve been grappling together with how His strength works in our abject weakness.      Let’s do another truth mediation, okay?     Now if you haven’t done one of these with us before, here’s how it works. I’ll give you highlights of Greek meanings behind a particular verse. You mediate on these, allowing His …