How you can be generous

How you can be generous
Only she listened and heard what he had been telling them (his closest friends) again and again. The others were too busy with their own agendas and/or self-promotion (Matt. 20:17-21). Only she understood because only she leaned in and listened. (To truly listen, we must stop our inner chatter and self-focus and instead, concentrate our attention on the other person. It is hard work.) Love listens. Photo via Flickr Creations Commons User: JW Sherman So at her last dinner with him, Mary took a p... [More]

Five Minute Fridays: Paint

Five Minute Fridays: Paint
Welcome to Five Minute Fridays! We write for five minutes on a word prompt provided by Lisa-Jo, then we post our unedited (some of us correct our typos) work. And we visit the person who linked up before us. Photo via Flickr Creations Commons User: Bert Kaufman Start. I stand as close as I can to the large painting hanging in the museum and I stare. I'm no artist, but it looks like little dots of paint. Green, yellow, blue, white in different shades and hues. It looks just like a bunch of rando... [More]

3 Surprising Ways Your Faith Can Make a Difference

3 Surprising Ways Your Faith Can Make a Difference
If you ever wonder whether your faith in God makes a difference, let me tell you a story. Although Max managed over 100 people, he still cared when Tom, one of his junior employees became very ill. Most of Max's peers said to forget about Tom: he was replaceable, another cog in the wheel. But when Tom was at death's threshold, Max did something unusual; he asked friends to contact Joshua, whom he never met, but whom Max believed could heal Tom. Photo used with permission of Flickr Creative Co... [More]

A Prayer of Hope (& a song)

A Prayer of Hope (& a song)
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?    My hope is in you. -Psalm 39:7 Photo via Flickr Creative Commons User:Paisley Scotland A Prayer of Hope Dear God, Thank you for how sunrise banishes night and gives me hope: darkness doesn't last. Thank you for how a dirt loving caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly soaring skyward and gives me hope: I can fly above my circumstances. Thank you for how Jesus didn't stay dead and wounded in the tomb but He rose alive with a n... [More]

What you must know about spring (& growth)

What you must know about spring (& growth)
WARNING: This post contains graphic images, which if you didn't grow up on a farm, you may find shocking. If you feel queasy at the sight of blood (even a small amount), you might want to stop reading. ---------We bring you back to your regularly scheduled programming.... Spring places yellow daffodils in a vase on my kitchen table. Spring and growth dance with red and pink tulips. Spring is when we plant tomatoes and cucumbers in our vegetable bed. Spring is beauty and new life growing: no blo... [More]