Why Praise Should Be The First Part of Every Prayer

The song Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah! has been ringing in my ears. I’ve sat at our piano and pounded out the chords, singing along the last few days. I like this song. I like the words. As a youth and later a young adult, we sang this hymn many Sunday evenings when our youth group got together to sing acapella. We sang songs from The Life Songs and Songs of the Church.   I have fond memories of singing … Read more

Claiming a Mountain With Giants Hidden There

  The Scripture:   Joshua 14:7-14 As a forty-year-old man, Caleb was sent to spy out the land for Moses and the Children of Israel. Of the twelve spies who were sent, Caleb was only one of two who came back with an accurate report. All twelve spies came back loaded with fruit – bunches of grapes so large they had to be carried by more than one man. Pomegranates such as they had never seen … Read more

The Father Who Hated Cats and His Daughter Who Loved Them

Those cats and kittens We stopped to visit friends on our way back to Halifax County the other Sunday evening. Amid the hugs and hellos, I noticed the kittens. Eleven kittens, to be exact. We picked them up and scratched their heads as they arched their backs and purred. It was a cat lover’s paradise. As we sat at dinner, I watched the antics of the kittens through the windows. They tussled and tumbled, capered … Read more

Easy Chinese Stir Fry

    The dilemma of what to do with a huge amount of leftover rice was the catalyst behind this recipe. (It’s a  long story that has to do with a miscommunication of how much rice several folks were bringing to an International Food dinner at our house.  Suffice it to say that I had about eight cups of that fluffy stuff in my refrigerator.  After one chicken/rice casserole, my hubby was ready for something … Read more

Her Sewing Machine is Silent

  She wanted to go Home.  She really, really wanted to go Home. Her name was Beulah, but we called her Bets. And while Bets waited, she was gracious in her smiles, and she was grateful for her days. She also sewed.   On the days (and sometimes nights) I stayed with Bets, I looked forward to caring for her.  It was a respite from other responsibilities, and she was always grateful.  The pace was … Read more