The First and the Last and the First

Well, the last day of hunting season is over, and it’s the first day of December! Did you get the deer of your dreams? We have a small herd of nearly a dozen deer that run our woods, but although Abby dreamed of catching one, they all got away! (Note the white tail to the … Continue reading The First and the Last and the First

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (53): What Are Your Favorite Earthly Treasures?

Jesus told us not to lay up treasures for ourselves on earth. This is excellent advice, and as I survey my life, I realize how badly I’ve failed in this area! I’m surrounded by such abundance that my closets and drawers are stuffed. What is wrong with me? My lame excuse is what I call … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (53): What Are Your Favorite Earthly Treasures?

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (52): Putting the Feast in Fasting

“When God opens our eyes for his word, we see into a world of miracles. What previously appeared dead to me is full of life, the hard demand becomes the graceful commandment” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). Have you ever gotten into the habit of fasting? To date, I have not, but I’ve been thinking very hard about … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (52): Putting the Feast in Fasting

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (47): Be “Perfect” . . . Is That Even Possible??

My father grew up going to church but rejected what he had learned as a child and became a self-proclaimed atheist for many years, so when I was a child, I never went to church or heard anything about Christianity. In fact, my mother wrote as a “cute saying” in my baby book that at … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (47): Be “Perfect” . . . Is That Even Possible??

Sweet and Savory Crepes Like a Pro (Without Being One)

Although Crêpes Suzette were popular in France over 100 years ago (and even 60 years ago when I was a budding wanna be cheffette), I think in the past 10-15 years crêpes have crept from the Continent (of Europe)—likely aboard luxury cruise liners—across the Atlantic and are now on trend in American menus! In France … Continue reading Sweet and Savory Crepes Like a Pro (Without Being One)

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (41): Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You

I don’t know if you’re like me, but this directive seems a lot easier to me than some of them. For instance, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (from Matthew 22:39) seems impossibly hard unless I put it in the context of Luke 6:31, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (41): Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You

Tips on Being In and Out of Jams

I’ve been thinking a lot about the give and take of living with and loving other people, and although it’s obvious that children are more often on the receiving end of life, I want to point out that children can be extremely giving. For instance, last week we went cherry picking at Robinettes. The kids … Continue reading Tips on Being In and Out of Jams

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (39): To Resist or Not to Resist

The real problem with meditating on the commands of Christ is that many of them seem (and are) totally contrary to our human nature and therefore very confusing. It’s as if we’re on a hurdles course, and each new hurdle is higher or harder than the last in some respect. Last week, we learned about … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (39): To Resist or Not to Resist

Septic and Water Problems, Poverty and Wealth

Have you ever experienced first hand that “when it rains, it pours”? Among other complications with trying to build a new addition, our well shut down and had to be replaced, and the entire sewer line from our house to our septic system had to be dug up and the path restructured as well as … Continue reading Septic and Water Problems, Poverty and Wealth

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (35): “Agree with Your Adversary.” ??

Do you have an adversary? Somebody who opposes you at every turn? You may not have a true enemy (although around the world, I know many who do), but I think all of us can think of someone who tends to oppose us on a consistent basis. If there were someone in my life who … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (35): “Agree with Your Adversary.” ??