• Equipped for good work by Royce King

    That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Do you ever feel incompetent? As a mom, there were days I felt I wasn’t measuring up. You know, the days when the kids had a rebuttal for everything I asked. We were running late to the doctor’s office. Dinner was forgotten on the stove and ruined. My child threw a tantrum for all to see in the middle of the store. Surely I’m not the only one who has had those days. As an entrepreneur, there are days I am not sure about what …

  • I Can't Live Without You by Jan Davis

    “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid for I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (John 14:18, 27, Heb. 13:5) I heard a song recently and the lyrics went something like this: “I can’t live without you.” While I understand the concept the words were conveying, I can’t help but think, “its not that I can’t live without Him, but I don’t have to.” We have a choice: we can choose to live life our way, or choose His plan and p…

  • Look Out For That Tree By Lynn Moffett

    Turning 6, my son, Alan, yearned for a bike. Dick had a new business that demanded every penny we earned. Ever an innovator, he found a used one, tuned the spokes, polished the handlebars until they shone and painted it. We couldn't have found anything better. Now came the challenge. This child climbed up on tables and room dividers at 5 months. He manufactured mischief faster than I could blink. He never sat still and he excelled in any sport. Teaching him to ride a two-wheeler should be a cinc…

  • Between stories and real life by Jessica Tanner

    In my head, I hear the sounds of the latest story I’ve dreamed up. Cannons blaze from ships that can fly. A hero scales a castle wall to rescue a fair maiden from a kingdom under siege. Too bad he doesn’t know she’s the daughter of a captain and has excellent aim with a musket. The smell of gunpowder coats my nostrils. Whinnies from frightened horses and the shouts from terrified civilians mix with sharp pops, reverberating bangs and deep booms. And then my mind goes blank. My hero is inches fro…

  • Words are powerful by Helen Smith

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Children used this phrase on the playground in elementary school to defend against ugly words spoken by bullies. In my home growing up, I heard positive, encouraging, and loving words. Seldom did I hear a discouraging word, even in times of cloudy skies. Other children were not so blessed. Mean words stuck to some of my schoolmates and hurt them. They were not equipped to deal with the negativity and their lives were affected.…