2018

  • 02-The-goodbye-song

    The goodbye song

    Not long ago, I worked as a receptionist in a museum. Every day, about five minutes before closing time, the sound system would play a slow, romantic song over the museum’s loudspeakers. It was a signal for us employees to gather our things, turn off lights and screens, shut down exhibits, and make our way […]

  • 03-Personal-growth

    Personal growth

    All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.—2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT Did Christ finish his work for us? Then there can be no doubt but […]

  • 04-The-most-we-can-do

    The most we can do

    In my turn-of-the year cleanup, I found an old yearbook. I smiled as I read down the very long list of my resolutions for that year. I guess I had high expectations of myself! This past year, I decided to make only three resolutions: Be more loving and encouraging, finish a major writing project I […]

  • 05-How-to-grow-spiritually-in-the-new-year

    How to grow spiritually in the new year

    Q: Many of my friends are making resolutions for the new year, most of which involve some physical change such as losing weight or breaking a bad habit. While those are good, I would like to resolve to grow in my spiritual life this coming year. Do you have any suggestions as to how I […]

  • 06-Brighter-tomorrows

    Brighter tomorrows

    What does one do when their hopes and dreams get shattered? What should one do to move forward from disappointment on to new hopes? These were the questions I asked myself when I heard about a disappointing setback. A friend of mine and her family were going to team up with us on some of […]

  • 07-Its-about-time

    It’s about time

    Imagine if you could go back in time and relive any moment in your life. What decisions would you make differently? What specific moments would you enjoy again? With whom would you spend more time? I recently watched a movie called About Time,1 where the men of a certain family had the ability to go back in […]

  • 08-Change-for-the-better

    Change for the better

    It was one of those days when anything could make me angry. I was sad, irritable, made a big deal out of small inconveniences, and couldn’t stop thinking of negative outcomes or repercussions. But the day had to go on regardless. I had work to do, deadlines to meet, and part of my job was […]

  • 09-Choosing-less

    Choosing less

    My husband and I spent a year in a small town in Tanzania. When I say a “small town,” I mean a town with two stoplights, no supermarket, no restaurants to speak of, only one two-story building, and no entertainment! We lived in a simple house with only the most basic furnishings and conveniences. Our […]

  • 10-Achieving-my-dreams

    Achieving my dreams

    When I started mapping out my goals five years ago, achieving them seemed daunting. But I claimed the promise, “Faithful is he [God] that calleth you, who also will do it,”1 and with His help, I went forward. My plan was to write and create thousands of pages of good-quality faith-building books for children. Here […]

  • 11-A-yearly-appointment

    A yearly appointment

    One day about three years ago, my father invited his five children, married and parents themselves, to accompany him and my mother to the Holy Land. He was already 85 and hadn’t been traveling or flying for quite a few years. Up to that point, I think he had been feeling old and a bit […]

  • 12-crossroads

    Crossroads 

    Crossroads are a wonderful place to be because you have so many options. You can go forward, return the way you came, or go in a new direction. I use the crossroads of life to help some people come to terms with mistakes or wrong turns they’ve made and give them a chance to get […]