Waiting for the Dawn

Waiting for the Dawn

Lately I’ve found myself waiting for the dawn. For you non-morning people, dawn is the time of day when the sun starts to toss and turn in bed, sending out weak sunlight on the Earth. Sunrise is when the sun yawns and stretches and its leading edge pokes above the...
Happy Thanksgiving: Grateful or Grouchy?

Happy Thanksgiving: Grateful or Grouchy?

Grateful or grouchy. We have a choice every day of the year—and not just at Thanksgiving—to be grateful or grouchy. The other day on a hospital pet therapy visit with my collie, Maisie, I met with a patient who was beyond grouchy. Granted, being in pain and confined...
Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Some people stand tall when they cannot even stand at all. I’ve been honored to know several of these inspiring individuals over the years. I’m thinking you know a few too. You know, the people who refuse to sink under immense pressures. There’s the stalwart farmer...
Saluting Those Who Serve

Saluting Those Who Serve

Today is Veterans Day when we honor military veterans who have served in the Armed Forces for the United States and several other countries. Let’s all extend a huge THANK YOU to the veterans we know who have a sacrificed so much for each one of us who live in this...
That’s a Bunch of Manure!

That’s a Bunch of Manure!

Some of us understand the phrase, “That’s a bunch of manure!” better than others. You see, those us of from rural America are truly olfactory aficionados when it comes to manure. With hardly a sniff of our snout, we can finely distinguish between most any animal’s doo...
The Comparison Crunch

The Comparison Crunch

I’ve been there. You’ve been there. We’ve all found ourselves at times crammed in the Comparison Crunch. Man, I’ll never look like that! . . . If only I had his salary. . . . Look at her kids, they all seem so perfect. . . .Why can’t I be that organized? . . . Geesh,...
Applaud the Small Victories

Applaud the Small Victories

Listen. Can you hear the raucous crowd roar? You are the star today. You are the champion. You are the victor. Yep. YOU. A few weeks ago, I heard a television sports commentator mention that a faltering football team could “applaud the small victories” of the game....
Impossible! It Can’t Be Done

Impossible! It Can’t Be Done

“Impossible! It can’t be done!” Those words draw more than a line in the sand. To some, “impossible” and “can’t be done” are fighting words. Words to say, “Oh, yeah? Dare me!” Or, as some boldly declare these days, “Here, hold my beer.” No Human Being Could Have As...
Simple Patience

Simple Patience

Every day is an invitation for us to practice simple patience. But is patience ever simple? In the summer of 1983, my impatience took an ugly turn in the middle of the Congo. In the middle of a missions trip showing the JESUS film in remote villages. (I know you’re...
Bending to the Point of Breaking?

Bending to the Point of Breaking?

Every so often you meet or hear about a person who is beyond remarkable. Someone has endured bending to the point of breaking. Literally. One of these people is Dr. Vinh Chung. I am honored to share his story with you here. I know you’ll be encouraged by Dr. Chung’s...