One-Way Conversations

Do you consider yourself a good communicator? Good communication requires that we speak, but even more importantly, that we listen. It is easy to dominate a conversation if we are not careful. We must be considerate of the other person’s thoughts on any given matter as well. I think that is why I enjoy writing…

Christmas Magic

When we think of the word “magic” we typically think of a magician, tricks, or even demonic forces. However, when we use the word in the context of the “magic of Christmas” we tend to think of Santa’s sleigh ride, mysteriously appearing presents on Christmas morning, eaten cookies left for Santa and disappearing carrots left…

White Noise

Have you ever felt like you crave quiet?  I find myself having the TV on or the radio on or a CD playing at any given time.  When I’m at work there is background music, and when in the car there is music.  I do love music, but there are times when I’m trying to…

It’s Ready Time!

I listened to a program on the radio today by Ron Hutchcraft (from “A Word with You”), and he talked about something interesting.  He said when he would ask a farmer what came to mind when he’d say the word, “harvest,” they inevitably answered, “Ready.”   So harvest time is really ready time.  It means…

Sowing and Reaping

Have you ever planted a seed? You probably made sure it was planted in good, nourishing soil, and then put it in a window to get the sunshine in needed.  You watered it regularly so the soil could stay moist as the plant drew from it each day.  With excited anticipation you watched it grow,…

Fall Harvest Friendships

I love this time of year!  I love pumpkins, and apples, and all the wonderful baked goods that come from these delightful foods.  After a cold September, I enjoy Indian summer in October when the afternoons are in the 60’s, the air looks soft from just the right amount of humidity, the trees are at their…

The Best Grapes

I was eating lunch in my car today, and had one of my favorite radio programs playing: Discover the Word. It plays on our Christian radio station, 104.9 FM at about 12:33 pm or so. The special guest on the program was a breast cancer survivor, and she was giving testimony about how the Lord…

Jumbled Up Dreams

Have you ever had a bad dream that caused you to oversleep? You wake up in a panic, out of breath, and feel like you somehow are in between worlds. You see the real world around you, but your mind is still on the dream. That happened to me a few days ago. It was…