Pursuing happiness

“Do you want to be happy?” The splash on a magazine cover caught my eye and made me chuckle. Surely everyone wants to be happy; and you’d think that after millennia of ph …  »

The tea lesson

One thing that I enjoyed about the years I spent in Japan is how adept the Japanese are at turning everyday activities into art forms. Such routine tasks as making tea, a …  »


Our jeep bumped along the rugged trail that was going to take us to the main road and back home to Nairobi, after a successful humanitarian aid project in a distant rural …  »

The love of colors

One of the first presents I remember receiving was a small set of tempera paints. Later came a set of oil paints, a tripod, and some canvas. I remember my first “masterpi …  »

Finding “it”

Nehemiah said it was the source of true strength.[See Nehemiah 8:10.] The psalmist David found it in God’s presence and offered it back to Him as a love gift.[See Psalm 1 …  »

A heart full of joy

The joy God can give you enables you to be happy even if things aren’t perfect in your earthly situation, because it reaches beyond that. God promises that things will tu …  »

I love life!

The walls of my bedroom are brightening with a new day's sun. I rub my eyes, stretch, and yawn, allowing my thoughts to travel far on memory lane. Through the twists and …  »

Looking forward to Monday

Successful Icelanders were quoted in a recent newspaper article giving answers to the same set of questions. One response to the question “Do you have any life advice for …  »

Gratitude therapy

The winter had been an exceptionally long one in the Balkan Peninsula. How we had been waiting for spring to come! Finally, the beautiful flowers sprang up, the trees bud …  »

The smile game

When I was a little girl, my sister and I used to play the Smile Game. Whenever we were out and about, running errands with our mom, going to the supermarket, or waiting …  »

Live the moment

Peter was awestruck. Along with James and John, he’d trudged up the mountain following Jesus, when suddenly “[Jesus’] face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as w …  »