Mia the Distracted Beagle

Dear friends, Perhaps you have seen this video, Mia the distracted beagle? Mia the Distracted Beagle Article and Video An adorable beagle is running an obstacle course in competition, but she keeps getting distracted.  Bless her heart, she just cannot say on task!  The judges say, “Don’t be a beagle!  Don’t be a beagle!” Well, … Read more


Our lovable lab-mix is scared of everything: thunder, robot dog toys, brooms, helium balloons, and especially hula hoops. The other night, a dish was dropped in the kitchen and he cowered in the other room. He was scared. I’m sure he could imagine all types of deadly dangers lurking just in the next room. Usually, … Read more

What to Say When…

You’ve been there, right? You’ve lost someone you really loved. You’ve watched a love one hurt. You’ve had a steady job that became unsteady. You’ve had the “routine” doctor’s appointment turn less than routine. Maybe it was the phone call, the knock at the door, the unexpected conversation; maybe it was the moment, the hours, … Read more

A Quiver Full of Arrows

This week, one of my arrows is outside of the quiver. You know, there is a passage about children being like a quiver full of arrows. Psalms 127: 3- 5, NIV Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in … Read more

Where They Are

One of my favorite Christian autobiographies is The Cross and the Switchblade. A small town pastor, David Wilkerson, was asked by God to leave his thriving small town church and lead gang members in downtown New York City to God. If he had stayed at his small Pennsylvania church, then tens or hundreds may have … Read more

Forbidden Fruit – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

A family friend stopped by the house last week, and their young grandchild accompanied them. After asking my son, I offered the little boy one of his prized toys to play with. The only requirement was that the pirate ship was off limits. My son has arranged each piece to look like an action scene. … Read more

Let It Go

As a small child, I remember being on a diving board about to jump to my parents. I knew that they were there to catch me and that jumping meant fun, but it was so hard to just let go. Philippians 4: 6-7 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication … Read more


My daughter and I painted masterpieces a few evenings ago. Ok, really, we just had fun. It feels great to be creative. In Genesis, we learn about God’s creative work. Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Did you know that the verb used in Genesis to describe God’s creation … Read more

In the Boat

Who can blame a bunch of fishermen for being afraid? From their perspective, they were trying to save their lives. Where was Jesus? Asleep. Mark 4:35-41 35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he … Read more

Travelling Lighter

I remember with fondness a trip that I took in graduate school.  We canoed a river as a team building exercise.  My partner happened to be an international student who came from a country where he was on the national canoe championship team.  I sat in the front and steered and we flew down the … Read more