A Baby’s Birth

Advent. It’s the time of year when the church celebrates our Lord’s birth and a time when we spiritually prepare for His second coming. I’m taking a break from Genesis to focus on this season. But I hope to make a weekly posting, inviting you to join me as I ponder the significance of Advent.Continue reading “A Baby’s Birth”

Whistle While You Work

The book of Genesis opens with a description of God at work. He worked six days and rested on the seventh day. His work was creative, extremely productive and had immeasurable value. He was very pleased. We learn that God put Adam in the garden to work it and take care of it. Could thatContinue reading “Whistle While You Work”

Leading the Way

Adam and Eve were created for relationship…relationship with the Creator and relationship with one another. In God’s brilliant design, two humans came from one and were then reunited, becoming one flesh (Genesis 2:24). They enjoyed God and they enjoyed one another. But sin shattered what was once beautiful and fulfilling. When Adam and Eve disobeyedContinue reading “Leading the Way”

Unfailing Love

Many a mom, myself included, thinks, “You can try to hurt me, but stay away from my kids.” If you want to see a gentle mama turn into a ferocious “bear,” then try to harm her babies. You will see a totally different personality emerge. I’m convinced that the temptation in the garden of EdenContinue reading “Unfailing Love”

The Blame Game

At the age of two, my daughter invented two imaginary friends. I think they existed solely for the purpose of having someone to blame for her misdeeds. If something was broken or missing, Golcy was responsible. If disobedience was involved, it was most likely Hoohoo’s fault. These two friends seemed to disappear when my daughterContinue reading “The Blame Game”

Where Are You?

When my grandsons were two and three years old, they loved stripping off their clothes and running naked through the house. Such innocence and freedom! I’m sure it was a glimpse of God’s original plan for all of us. No shame about our bodies. Free from negative thoughts or words. It’s hard to wrap myContinue reading “Where Are You?”

Looks good. But is it?

Sadly, it’s a consistent pattern in life. We first see something that looks good. As we gaze upon it, we begin to find it more and more desirable. And then we take it. Sound familiar? That’s what Eve did. She saw the fruit of the forbidden tree was “good for food and pleasing to theContinue reading “Looks good. But is it?”

Beauty in a Migrant Work Camp

By conversing with the serpent, the door opened for his lies. The woman told him what God had commanded (with one addition…see last post) and the consequences if they disobeyed. The serpent refuted, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it (the forbidden fruit) your eyes will be opened,Continue reading “Beauty in a Migrant Work Camp”

The Fish that Got Away

Why do we exaggerate? Do we distort the truth because we think our stories will be more interesting? For example, we joke about the fisherman’s story of the gigantic fish that got away. The fish seems to grow each time the tale is retold. Do we enhance our narratives so our audience will change theirContinue reading “The Fish that Got Away”

Other Side of the Fence

Doubt is easily planted in our minds. If not resolved, it can destroy our confidence. It will steal dreams and rob us of hope. And then, quick to follow on the heels of doubt is distortion of truth which can become believable. It was the first tactic used by the unsuspected enemy of Adam andContinue reading “Other Side of the Fence”