Category: Christianity

Bless Our Blessings: Truths About Prayer from a Four Year Old

There’s not a soul on this earth that has taught me more about prayer than my children and grandchildren. The honest prayers of my precious little ones have moved me to tears more often than I can count.  From a very young age we started praying with our children and grandchildren, teaching them how to…

Feeling Like Job/Scripture Challenge: Job

No parent wants to give their child a start in life that says, “I know this name brings to mind someone not so pleasant, but… I’m gonna name my baby this anyway, because I really like it.”  It is pretty rare to hear of a new baby that’s been named JOB, which means “persecuted, hated”… or ICHABOD, “no…

The Prodigal in the Pew

Wow.  The preacher steps on your toes and doesn’t even apologize… He doesn’t need to, really–it’s not his fault that the Truth comes, walks straight down that aisle… right into the pew. It’s a common story, really.  The Prodigal Son:   ~demands his “rights” ~runs from home ~lives for himself ~squanders his resources ~ends up…

What Do I Know of Holy?

Sounds like a tall task to me. If you had seen the tree-climbing, roof-jumping, I-can-do-anything-a-boy-can-do, tomboy that used any excuse to get out of doing the dishes, you would never have believed that she would grow up to one day be a pastor’s wife. Some days I still don’t believe it myself.

Scripture Challenge: ESTHER — “What’s Happening in St. Louis?”

It’s always a sad day when you see violence and civil unrest, and when it hits close to home I am reminded that there are those that don’t live in a free democracy that are facing this on a daily basis.  We hear of it so often that, if we’re not careful, we will become…

Mercy Is Falling

   MERCY: Compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: “Have mercy on the poor sinner.” [dictionary.com] I’ve heard it explained this way: GRACE is God giving us what we don’t deserve. MERCY is God not giving us what we deserve. [used with permission] When this…

Is Death Really Such a Puzzle?

Some of you have read and followed my blog since the beginning (and I thank you!). If you remember how it all started, it was during the time that my father-in-law was in the hospital and we weren’t sure if he was going to live.  See https://wateringcanblog.com/2012/05/29/may-the-words-of-my-mouth/ AND https://wateringcanblog.com/2012/07/12/lifes-a-puzzle/ This week marks 2 years since he went…

I Assure You, I’m “OK”

Am I?  Really?  What does that even mean, anyway?  OK.  I wonder about these things sometimes… What does “OK” even mean?  Why do we use the letters “O” and “K”?  Here’s what Webster says: OK  adverb or adjective \ō-ˈkā, in assenting or agreeing also ˈō-ˌkā\ : fairly good : not very good or very bad : acceptable or…

When Somebody “Busts Your Bubble”…

What do you do? Do you… Quit? Throw a fit? Lash out? Stomp and pout? It happens.  Sometimes intentional and other times not so much.  Maybe not at all intentional, but still just as painful. This one wasn’t so much painful for me, just sobering.  AND, this one was completely unintentional, I’m sure of it.