Abundant

Last week while teaching women at church, I shared an intimate story.   Yep! A story about my underwear. For now, let’s just leave it that I was way overdue for new undergarments. And so finally, I went to the store.  There I purchased new panties and bras and happily brought an abundant, fresh supply into my home.   Then…

Unity… Longing for Connection with God and Others

  A few weeks ago, my son married the love of his life.  What a privilege to behold!  Ben and Jaclyn, in the presence of God and a few family members and friends, made a covenant vow to unite as one, husband and wife.  Honestly, as a mom, I’m still smiling over this incredibly beautiful and special event.   Unity…

The Gospel of John: A Simply Bible Study

It’s a new book: The Gospel of John: A Simply Bible Study.   The cover says the author is “Carmen Beasley.”  Honestly, it should say “God.”  I share the story of how this study guide came to be in its introduction, and so I won’t repeat it here.   As many of you know, I used to write about my…

Consider the Lilies…

  On a prayer walk this morning, I once again considered the lilies. Tender, yet regal wildflowers bloom along the path that I tread.  Quietly, as with a Holy Spirit whisper, their beauty reminds me to not be anxious nor unnecessarily spin my wheels.   “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!” Jesus said. (Matthew 6:27-33).   I…

Yields the Right of Way

Hungry, tired and anxious to be home, here I am… stuck.    Wavering between amazement and exasperation, I marvel as the driver two cars ahead of me yields the right of way to every vehicle exiting the rather chaotic elementary school parking lot.  No joke!  Literally, for what feels like forever, the parking lot overflowing with buses and cars empties…

Jesus Himself drew near and went with them…

… …That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.    While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.  But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.   And he said…

Is it okay to “duke it out” with God?

Is it okay to “duke it out” with God?  Some Bible teachers encourage their students to “get in the ring” with God and get “it” out.  These are teachers I admire, but I have struggled with their point.  In some ways, yes, I get it.  If I have a beef with God, I ought to go directly to Him.  He…

Sad? Angry? Frustrated? In Pain? Learn to Lament Like David

  In pain?  Learn to lament like David.  He doesn’t hesitate to cry out to God, and neither does he hold back:    “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by…

How do you wait… patiently, joyfully?

Waiting.  And waiting.  Wait some more.  My kids have a memory of sitting in “timeout.”  When they were little, timeouts frequently occurred for not being kind to one another.  This meant that the pair of offenders sat together.  Holding hands.  On the bottom step.  Can you picture two little ones waiting holding hands on the steps until they decide they…

Love is not a feeling, Mr. Burns. It’s an ability.

  “Love is not a feeling, Mr. Burns. It’s an ability…”   Single father Dan Burns ponders Marty’s words as he sends him away.  (Marty and his teen daughter are secretly dating. The two lovers have just been caught by dad.)  Next, the taxi departs with Marty on-board.  Left behind is Dan’s heartbroken daughter.  She’s livid.  Finally, with all the…