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What Hotel Staff Taught Me About Holy Living

  We spent four days in Dhaka, Bangladesh recently. Security concerns for us, as foreigners, made it impossible to leave the hotel other than for our express reason for being there—to meet our daughter and son-in-law’s sponsored World Vision child—so we hunkered down within the facility’s four walls.   The hotel staff treated us like… [ read more ]

Jesus is My Shepherd – What Difference Does That Make?

I basked in July’s sunshine, enjoying a cup of coffee as I read my Bible. It was my fiftieth birthday, and I wanted to celebrate in God’s sweet presence.   “Father, would You please give me a special verse that will carry me through the next 50 years?” I asked. immediately came to mind—“The LORD… [ read more ]

Jesus is Enough

  One of my Polish friends sends emails to me a couple times each week. Writing in English is challenging for her, so she keeps her messages short. Her last email said simply, “.”   My friend loves Jesus with all her heart, and she’s a valiant prayer warrior. Whenever she sends me a Bible… [ read more ]

My Sheep Follow Me – What Does This Mean?

A familiar praise chorus acknowledges that Jesus leads us step by step. It also says that we’ll follow Him all of our days. That’s quite a declaration!   The dictionary definition offers several definitions for the word follow: To come or go after To take as a model; imitate Obey To watch or to listen… [ read more ]

My Christmas Gift to Jesus

The Christmas gifts are wrapped and ready. Some are in boxes, others tucked in bags. One’s in a giant bag that stands more than three feet high. Each one is an item that reflects my love for the recipient and that he/she will find meaningful. I think about the three wise men and their gifts… [ read more ]

A Baby Changes Everything—Including Me and You

  A group of women who’d spent the fall studying Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman-to-Woman Conversation invited me to join them for a Christmas brunch on Wednesday morning. The brunch was to start at 9 AM.   My Wednesday morning online Bible study runs from 8 AM-9 AM. To accommodate both meetings meant… [ read more ]

The Key to Doing Life Well

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. My life is rich with friends and acquaintances who have discovered the key to doing life well. They demonstrate godly maturity no matter what, and they inspire and… [ read more ]

Another Divine Appointment

  Only two sleeps left until I board a plane for home. Meanwhile, here’s another story from my happenings over here: I had an interesting experience on my flight from Budapest to Berlin. The 25-year-old Hungarian man sitting beside me was reading a book with Arabic writing—like a language learning book. So I asked him… [ read more ]

How Does Jesus Want Me to Love Someone Who’s Hurt Me?

  Jesus was the greatest man who ever lived. God in human form, He personified love. With His words, He encouraged His followers to not be afraid. He welcomed children into His presence and spoke blessings over them. He taught truth in story form, speaking a language the common folk could understand.   Jesus demonstrated… [ read more ]

Where Can We Find Hope?

The past several weeks have found me immersed in studying the theme of hope. Wow—what a relevant topic! News headlines tell of wildfires forcing tens of thousands to leave all their earthly belongings, jobs, and schools to flee headlong into an unknown future. These folks need a ton of financial assistance as they seek to… [ read more ]