It was just another summer evening, or so we thought. Tired at the end of a long day, we wanted to have a quiet evening at home. But, we had this nagging sense we would be sorry if we didn't exchange the comfort of our chairs for the sand and waves awaiting us at the beach. So we hopped in the car for the 5-minute drive to Lake Michigan.   We only expected to be there for a just short while, but ended up staying until after the sun set.     You can count on it being cooler by the lake than in our wooded location, usually.  But, it's been noticeably cooler even at home the … [Read more...]

  We might describe a sunset as magical, but there is something much greater, more life-changing, taking place at that moment for us to embrace with every fiber of our being.      From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,     the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3 During the winter months, I can see the sun rise and set from my south-facing bedroom window.  Through the barren trees silhouetted by glorious shades of gold, orange, and deep pink, I am transported for a few moments to another time and space.  My heart enthralled in the majesty of the moment … [Read more...]

  This past week was a bit challenging. I could psychoanalyze it. Or I could choose to look at the people and events through God's eyes. To be honest... the former is much easier than the later. You see I need to lay my pride down to do that.  I need to let go of my righteous indignation.  I need to let God's word and the Holy Spirit open my eyes not only to the situation... but to my heart. And more than anything I need to let God transform my heart.     Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me. and provide me with a spirit of willing … [Read more...]