“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” I Timothy 12:15 As a writer, I love to write stories of how God has worked in people’s lives. Donna and Thad divorced and later remarried when they allowed God to become central in their marriage. Joe didn’t... Continue Reading →
Who have you told?
If anyone does not carry his cross and follow me, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27) The letter brought me up short. Shelly, a friend in another city, had never shown an interest in God. Concerned, I had written a minister who lived close to her, asking him to make a call. My plan... Continue Reading →
85-year-old sews for children in Africa
You’re never too old to help someone. Delores Fry of Ossian, 85, could feel like she has lived a long life and deserves to take it easy. The octogenarian has been busy most of her life as a former Licensed Practical Nurse and later salesperson at Joann’s Fabric. On the personal side, Fry was married... Continue Reading →
Life’s Interruptions- What will you do with them?
I write about my friends and family rarely b/c I don't want them to fear confiding in me, thinking I'll use their thoughts for an article in a magazine. But my friend Lisa's life was so dedicated to God that I know she would not mind if I shared her thoughts here. Do you have... Continue Reading →
Traveling the world is in Andrew Stuck’s blood
For Andrew Stuck of Markle growing up as a missionary child in Ecuador meant living with what most Americans would consider primitive conditions. “Our use of electricity was hit and miss,” said Stuck. “We had a generator for backup and were miles from a supermarket. Our family traveled to Quito to stock up on... Continue Reading →
Riverdance tapping a Farewell
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Craig Ashurst, lead dancer for the famous dance group, Riverdance. After seeing this show, now I know why people have talked about it so much in the past decade. Fabulous! Go see it if you can. This is the troupe’s last tour. ** Let’s say you’ve lived on... Continue Reading →
Colorful Pepper Salad with Sesame Seeds
Do you love to crunch your teeth into fresh vegetables like red and yellow peppers and cucumbers? Here is a recipe you’ll want to pull out the cutting board for — Pepper Salad with Sesame Seeds. It is included in my book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia (Mitchell Lane Publishing 2010). ISBN: 9781584159346 My... Continue Reading →
This devotion appealed to me because of the simple message – only by cleansing ourselves from sin can we be close to God. Photo: Matt Carrigan ** Psalm 51:1-10 "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity…” v 2 In the movie, “South Pacific” Mitzi Gaynor sings, “I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair.” The... Continue Reading →
Lesson from Desert Storm
Today is my birthday. I’m sharing a story I wrote near the beginning of my career that still means so much to me b/c of the power of the Bible to help people get through crises. It is an as-told-to story, which means it is someone else’s story and I wrote it for him.... Continue Reading →