“What if .  .  .?”

“What if . . .?”

Sometimes you hear someone say something like, “If you knew that today was your last day to live, what would you choose to do?” But I’m thinking about ideas that are in another direction entirely. I wonder what would happen if we were to luxuriously marinate in the...
God’s Love Gift & Heaven’s Generous Reward*

God’s Love Gift & Heaven’s Generous Reward*

Throughout millennia children have been treated on an enormous spectrum. In the days of the Old Testament, pagan religions would offer their children in a ritual fire as a sacrifice to their gods. Scripture, in Proverbs 13:24 (the Voice) says: “Those who spare the rod...
Make mine a double espresso, please.

Make mine a double espresso, please.

Summer Intensives – remember those from university? A great way to pack in extra credit in between regular sessions. The best thing is that they are over quickly, sometimes in just five or six weeks. But that’s with four classes a week plus assigned study group, plus...
Let there be balloons!

Let there be balloons!

When is the last time you remember being wide-eyed with wonder or awe or excitement? When did you last experience overwhelming joy? When did you last just burst out in happy laughter? Of course, strong emotions like these are made more intense because of their rarity...
Read any good books lately?

Read any good books lately?

It’s mesmerizing the diversity in languages, cultures, traditions, and religions in our world. As we begin travel again soon (hopefully!) we may not only encounter some of these uniquenesses, we may also find ourselves guilty of transgressing some rigidly-observed...
Charging Rapidly

Charging Rapidly

You talk about amazing design! God deposited in our bodies such a level of efficiency that he can download a whole day’s worth of love and grace and discernment in just 480 minutes while we sleep. Busy night for Him, blissful unawareness for us. Then, each morning,...
Suitcases packed? CHECK  Passport in hand? CHECK

Suitcases packed? CHECK Passport in hand? CHECK

In the north where I grew up, winter was an extended season, frequently blowing and snowing well in advance of its December 21 admissible date and over-staying its dubious welcome equally far past the mandated March 21 expiration date. The cumulative effect of this...
That’s my last mud pie!

That’s my last mud pie!

It’s a struggle sometimes to get the words right when describing certain feelings or events or places. When the girl you love says the all-important, “Yes!” telling somebody how you felt, well, it ain’t easy to condense it into mere words. (right, guys?) When the baby...
May I Borrow Your Notes?

May I Borrow Your Notes?

Teachers and professors run the gamut from excellent and engaging to pitiful and boring. We’ve probably all had both. And we remember those most representing the extreme ends of the spectrum. A standout from the first group for me was my 11th grade History...
Fill ‘er up, please!

Fill ‘er up, please!

Having grown up in the Dark Ages (aka 20th Century), it was the way of things. You could count on it. It even happened at the gas pump! At the grocery store. At the shoe store. You get the picture. What stood out was the rare occasion, the exception to the rule, the...

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