Rising Sun

“All Sons and Daughters” is a music group my family has come to cherish. The Spirit of God just steps past whatever walls I have as I listen to their words and music. “Rising Sun” is a song we love doing at church. It is full of the joy and beauty of the Lord. A…

The Pain of Childbirth

After leaving Bethel, Rachel goes into labor.  It is hard labor.  She dies while birthing a son.  Scripture says, “With her last breath—for she was dying—she named him Ben-oni, but his father called him Benjamin” (Gen. 35:18).  Ben-oni means, “Son of my sorrow,” while Benjamin means, “Son of my right hand.” This turn of names…

Love Is King

The following article appeared in our local paper today.  Unfortunately, the paper changed the title and cut the last two paragraphs so I am not linking this to their digital edition. *** Believe it or not, “Christ” is not Jesus’s last name.  “Christ” means “anointed one.”  Anointing in biblical times meant pouring oil on someone’s…

Overlooking and Undervaluing

As a “baby Christian,” I attended a discipleship/ministry school. As we prayed to end class one day, the Spirit fell. Prayers and worship erupted spontaneously. During the joyful pandemonium, I felt a hand on my shoulder. A friend had a prophetic word for me. The Lord said He was putting a spirit of Stephen on…

Down the Drain

When I wrote the following poem, I was still VERY non-Christian.  One day I sat thinking about how arrogant it was for Christians to say they knew THE Truth. I remembered Jesus’s words: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).  More arrogance.  But then (courtesy of the Holy Spirit, I’m sure) a thought…

Crossroads

We’re familiar with the rich young ruler who approached Jesus about salvation.  He went away sad because Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and follow (Mark 10:17-22).  This is the same call Jesus gives His disciples in Luke 9:23–“If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny…

Another Face in the Crowd

Minions from Despicable Me  Most of the time, I don’t feel very spiritual.  I feel average.  My day is filled with mundane things like brushing my teeth, going to work, caring for kids, taking out the garbage, etc.  Amidst daily responsibilities and stressors, sometimes I keep my humor, sometimes I don’t. On occasion I’m a shining…

I Need Thee Every Hour

My mother-in-law posted an arrangement of this hymn on my Facebook page. I had never heard it before. Besides being a gorgeous arrangement, it struck a nerve (no pun intended) because I have been recovering from ankle surgery. The Holy  Spirit reduced me to tears as I listened. That is saying something because I’m definitely…

Weeks/Pentecost (part 1)

Painting from http://theschoolofthetransferofenergy.com/tag/moses-and-aaron/ In the third month, the Israelites observed the Feast of Weeks, presumably named because it was held seven weeks and one day after Firstfruits.  This span of time equals 50 days, so the feast also came to be known as Pentecost (=“fiftieth”) (Lev. 23:15, 16; Acts 2:1).  During this 50 days, more of…