• Encouragement

    Knocking on Heaven’s Doors

    An oily, forehead mark on a glass door tells a story.   Years ago, a salesman spent time in our home, pitching for us to buy his product.  When he realized we’d not be allowing him beyond our foyer, he opened…

  • Encouragement,  Faith

    Fear in the Darkness

    Fear is a wilderness where the wild things live.  Creatures hide in the forests of our trials, watching, waiting.  They are our untamed thoughts teamed up with awful circumstances and attacking us savagely. We might question God, his Word, his…

  • Encouragement,  Faith

    Love versus Fear

    “I can’t make it, I can’t make it,” I hollered at Ken.  He lurched our car onto the shoulder of I-80, somewhere in the middle of Iowa.  Thank God, there’s lots of pigs and corn in Iowa cause I sure…

  • Encouragement

    Fear is a Snake

    Fear is a boa constrictor.  It slithers into our minds and tightens its grip until it suffocates our peace and joy.  Sometimes snakes drop out of trees unexpectedly, other times they glide from shadows, barely noticed.  Once a snake finds…

  • Encouragement

    Kicking Fear to the Curb

      The dark shadow glided up the stairs towards my daughter’s bedroom.  Relentlessly, it crossed the landing and entered her bedroom.  My screams and frantic leap from bed startled my husband, Ken, awake.  “Sharon, wait,” he hollered while I flew…