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A Window of Many Colors

Windows can be for looking through or looking at. Through windows . . . or on windows . . . we can see stories unfold. Sometimes, even words can be windows . . . windows to the soul. Here is a picture of a huge stained glass window in an old church in Beaumont, TX…

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Background Noise

Are noises and distractions bombarding your life? Sometimes it happens so subtly we do not even realize it. We watched an interesting movie last night (and surprisingly finished it). I say “surprisingly” because it moved rather slowly even for a drama. Our minds are being conditioned to have action or at least fast moving frames…

Marriage Re-Sweet

Hiking up to the summit of one of the Blue Ridge Mountains through a canopy of red, yellow, and orange leaves intermingled among the pine trees, my husband and I reconnected. We attended a marriage retreat last weekend based on the new movie Courageous. The Festival of Marriage retreat took place in North Carolina among…

Less Traveled Road

One day during our years living in one of the most ecologically devastated cities of Central Asia, our landlord took us on a two to three hour car trip to visit his village. After the visit, he wanted us to see the hot springs and cold springs and waterfalls in the area. Upon parking the…

Hit the Bunny Trail

The sign read: Alligator and Snake Habitat Not long ago, my husband and I both hated running. We grew up not liking it and, as many others, found many “valid” excuses not to run. We are both fast walkers and really thought we could get adequate exercise just walking fast regularly. There is even a…

Siberian Blue

“Somewhere in the middle of Siberia, under that beautiful blue sky, there among the fur trees, written in the dark soil… is my name. Never to be erased. Sometimes, if I am very quiet, in the silence, I can hear it calling to me…” –by my lovely daughter-in-law Juli

What is it?

You may not be able to tell from this angle, but this is actually an ancient toilet from first century Ephesus! The toilet room was a long row of toilets such as this one, with no dividers between. Yep, no privacy. Even more amazing is that it was NOT a squatty but an actual toilet.…

Living Water

He’s an overcomer. She’s an overcomer. I’m an overcomer. Wouldn’t you like to be an overcomer, too? Drink living water. Be an overcomer! Today and yesterday reading the first four chapters in the book of Revelation, over and over we are told what will happen to those who are overcomers. He who overcomes will: …eat…

The Do’s not Dont’s

Too often I hear people say that the Bible is full of “don’ts.” Why not instead focus on the “do’s?” Here’s a summary of my study of Ephesians chapters 4-6. Walk worthy. Be humble, gentle, patient, tolerant, loving. Persevere in unity and peace. Speak truth in love. Grow up! Lay aside old self. Put on…