• Freeing Ourselves of Barnacles The Miracle Of Forgiveness

    Freeing Ourselves Of Barnacles: The Miracle Of Forgiveness

    He was a sailor. He loved the ocean and the ships on which he sailed. And despite the rough and temperamental seas, he always managed to arrive home safely. He was my husband’s hardworking and adventurous grandfather, Benjamin O.Of all the threats to a ship, barnacles may be one of the most fascinating. In his life history, Grandpa recorded the following around 1924, “Had the ship’s barnacles scraped and bottom painted. I heard it cost $6,000 dollars.”     On her website, Dr. Jean Davidson shares a short and beautiful metaphor regarding…

  • Tall courageous sunshine

    Tall and Courageous

    Stand tall and be courageous.   That’s a mighty tall order for a generation of believers living in an increasingly wicked world. But yet, the counsel still stands:   Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid.  (Joshua 1:9)   **This post may contain affiliate links. Read more about my disclosures here. Some time ago, our family was reading from the book “The Borrowers” when we were struck by the following words: “…my brother said that, underneath, he thought they were frightened. It was because they were frightened, he…

  • Restoring His Sabbath Day

    Restoring His Day: Authentic Sabbath Worship

    Sunday. The Sabbath. A day of rest. One day in seven designed for us to renew ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually from the toils of the previous week, and to prepare our selves for the week to come.   The Sabbath is a special gift to us from a loving from God. The Sabbath is HIS day, and he asks that we honor it.   “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: “But the seventh day is the sabbath…

  • From shame to forgiveness An invitation to come to the table

    From Shame To Forgiveness: An Invitation To Come To The Table

    “Come to the table.” Those words. That invitation. That unbelievable invitation that is meant for each one of us. An invitation extended to us by Christ himself, to join him at the table. (See The Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14: 15-24) Christ was very good at preparing meals. And tables. The scriptures are replete with examples of Christ sitting with others around a table, sharing a meal together. “You prepare a table before me…” (Psalm 23:5)   Christ invites each and every one of us to join him…

  • Solving puzzles with light

    Solving The Puzzles Of Life With Light

    There is so much about life that is good. There is so much about life that is bad.   At times the good and bad get all mixed up and jumbled together in my mind that, like puzzle pieces, it’s difficult for me to make sense of it all.   How exactly am I supposed to feel about life with its mixture of good and bad? Happy? Sad? Mad?   This world we live in can be confusing to our emotions. Confusing. Overwhelming. Exhausting. Some days I long to pull…