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 …

Smashed Pumpkins

By: Shea Politte Last fall, after a big freeze, there were more birds than ever all over our front yard. After the temps dropped drastically the week before, my pretty fall pumpkins got soft and mushy. I was headed out of town, so I asked my boys to trash the pumpkins while I was gone. They strategically dropped one pumpkin …

Unity Amidst Turmoil

  Holy Father,   Despite the turmoil around us, You stress unity. It was Your desire that we become one just as You are one with the Spirit and the Son (John 17:11, 21). Indeed, Father, this was the commandment that Your Son gave the disciples just before going to the cross. “A new commandment I give to you, that …

Love that Lasts

As our family stands beside the hospice bed of Mark’s mom, Wanda, today, I’m keenly aware that I’ve been very fortunate.    I knew Love was patient, but now I’ve seen Love as Richard, her husband of sixty years, answered Wanda’s questions tirelessly as her dementia progressed.    I knew Love was kind, but now I’ve watched love in action …

“Others Can, You May Not”

I discovered this jewel by G.D. Watson as a college student and kept it in my Bible for years. So, so powerful….. ———————– “If God has called you to be really like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put on you such demands of obedience, that He will not allow …

Undeserved Pain

  Stunned, Jasmine realized that her husband had stopped yelling.  His face still very near hers, she now felt moisture on her cheek. As she continued to stare into his eyes, his saliva began to drip from her chin.    As his anger boiled, he continued to spit into her face.   Months earlier, Jasmine began to notice changes within …