Wednesday, August 18, 2010


"Let us dance in the sun, wearing wildflowers in our hair."

Susan Polis Schutz

Saturday, August 14, 2010


My sunflowers are growing! And blooming. That's the important part. I planted a packet of jumbo seeds (one plant needs to be staked to the roof, it's so top heavy), plus another of sunset colors, hoping for a variety of burgundies and reds. Finally, they are appearing and the bees are high with excitement, trampling the little flower heads to collect and spread pollen.


That must mean fall is around the corner if sunflowers are showing their colors.

The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
(Song of Solomon 2:12)

(That sounds exactly like my neighborhood!)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Molly Meets the Missionaries

Check out this new book by my friend and editor, Rhonda Robbins-Reeves.

Molly Meets the Missionaries is a delightful, inspiring book. Preschoolers, children, families, and teachers will enjoy using this resource to show what missionaries do as they serve around the world. Real life photos and awesome graphics make each page a work of art. Bible thoughts that teach and reinforce biblical concepts are highlighted. Recipes, a song, and cut-out paper dolls of Molly and Mikey are included for playtime fun and extension activities. All in all, a fantastic book!
Way to go, Rhonda and WMU!

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Tell people about Jesus (see Matthew 28:19).

Thursday, August 5, 2010


There is a reason chains are used to keep trains hooked together. The engineers want to keep all of the trains connected, going the right direction. Chains are pretty strong, and mostly indestructible. The steel welded pieces can stand tremendous strain and weight. Knowing that our train car was extremely unlikely to come loose and roll back down the mountain was a good thing to think about as we traveled from Skagway, Alaska, over White Pass into Canada.

The chains that bind us to sin can be just as strong. The chains hook sin to our souls, and quite opposite of the train, sin wants us to get off the track and go in as many directions as we find. Nothing we can do will break those chains. We are eternally enslaved.

In fact, there is only one way the chains can be broken. By the blood of Jesus Christ, the chains binding us to our sins are forever broken. All we need to do is accept His sacrifice.

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace

"My Chains are Gone" by Chris Tomlin

Amazing grace!