Batter’d to Shape and Use

  In my younger years, I made homemade yeast bread the old fashion way: starting from scratch (that means no frozen bread, no prepackaged mixture or bread machine was in use).  I began with basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, salt, shortening, yeast, etc. and mixed them together then set them aside to rise.  This rising process takes time as the yeast in the mixture begins to release gases to make the dough rise. Once the dough doubles in size, …

In the Belly of the Whale

Jonah 1:1-17  The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”  3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. 4 Then the LORD sent …

Working on the Building

Sometimes on our spiritual journey, things don’t always go as smoothly as we think they should.  I am a Christian so when I accepted Christ as Saviour, my life was suppose to be free from bumps in the road. It was supposed to be a paved highway, a fast ride on the interstate with no toll booths ahead.  That’s right-isn’t it? At least you would think that after God finished working on your sins at conversion when He showed you …

The Straight Razor

As my three sisters and I were dividing my Mother’s things, we have discovered a number of items belonging to grandparents and great grandparents.  The items have been a variety of things from every Christmas card and every bank statement from many years back to personal items such as wedding rings or class rings.  We very carefully are going through each piece finding some trash but mostly a lot of treasures.  These include old pictures dating back many generations, a …

There is a Season

Thank you, Father God, for the beauty You create in every season.  Each season has its own special beauty…even winter when the earth appears to be dead with shades of brown and no spring flowers are blooming.  Sometimes the sky is a dark shade of gray when the sun is not shining.  And yet, as it appears a dismal place…the earth is preparing for new life and soon the earth will burst forth in glorious colors as the daffodils peak …