• 01_The_secret

    The secret

    Decisions come in all shapes and sizes. Every day we face decisions about what to eat, whether to exercise, how to use our time, etc. Over the years, these decisions become habits, and we don’t think much about them. If we’ve made good decisions from the start, we don’t usually have to worry about them. […]

  • 02_Facing_change_and_trimming_trees

    Facing change and trimming trees

    The tree trimmers finally showed up. I’d been nervously waiting for them, both looking forward to them pruning my trees and also terrified of what the outcome might be. I’d known for a long time that the trees needed to be trimmed, but a part of me loved the wild “jungle” growth, and I’d waited […]

  • 03_Ups_and_downs

    Ups and downs

    Recently, I was contemplating the topic of wrong choices, after having made a few myself, and was feeling a bit discouraged. Most of us enjoy finding we’ve made the right decisions, and we can definitely see the benefits in those. But it’s harder to see any good that could come from our wrong choices. We […]

  • 04_The_end_of_her_part

    The end of her part

    Vanessa waved at me as the doors shut, and I watched the train whisk away a friendship of six years. Vanessa and I had met in junior high school, and our common interest in writing stories and shared taste in novels had started an unbreakable friendship that had lasted through all the highs and lows […]

  • 05_The_gift_of_lack

    The gift of lack

    Last year was a rough one. Not terrible, just trying. Our family faced lots of challenges regarding work, health, and finances, and I’ve been hoping that things will be easier this year. But let me tell you about what God is teaching me right now, because there are some wonderful things that I have gained […]

  • 06_Flirting_with_failure

    Flirting with failure

    As the sun was setting, I walked briskly toward the bus station after a tiring day at work. I knew from experience that the city bus didn’t come by that often, and I didn’t want to miss it. A teenager sporting fashionable Oakley sunglasses, a plush black suit, and a haircut with designed grooves shaved […]

  • 07_Give_change_a_bear_hug

    Give change a bear hug

    A friend of mine told me this bit of friendly advice in an effort to encourage me to welcome some new changes in my life. My wife and I had been living in the Middle East for some seven years, and it had been a great chapter of our lives, but we were finding ourselves […]

  • 08_mylife_mychoices_myfuture

    My life. My choices. My future

    You’ve probably heard some of these familiar sayings: The world is your oyster. There are no limits. The word impossible is not in my vocabulary. Never give up. If you can dream it, you can do it. The best way to know the future is to invent it. Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. […]

  • 09_Looking_goofy

    Looking goofy

    A good friend of mine decided to take up tennis. She bought all the gear, scheduled her first lesson, and headed off to the tennis courts. When she got there, though, she was immediately aware that there were other people around. There were kids in the playground, people walking their dogs, and a group of […]

  • 10_pots_pans

    Pots and pans

    When you enter a well-used kitchen that belongs to someone who loves to cook their own meals, and is good at it, you won’t find shelves full of shiny, flawless pots and pans on display. Instead, the pots and pans have blemishes. They have grease stains or nicks or dents. Do these flaws stop these […]

  • 01-God-s-party

    God’s party

    I can’t remember ever coming across this verse until the other day. At least, it never stood out to me the way it did this time. That could be because the book of the prophet Zephaniah is one of the lesser-known zip codes in the Bible: “The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always […]

  • 02-A-friendship-encounter

    A friendship encounter

    My day invariably begins with taking my jet-black poodle for her morning walk, an activity which is high on her list of priorities. We have a regular route which takes us about 10 minutes to complete. Just as we’re setting out on this warm July morning, I remember that we’re out of oranges, so I […]