What Was He Thinking? (Part 1)

This is a big week for all of humanity. And it's THE week if you're a follower of Christ. In the next few days I'd like to give some insight into God's plan for us and His great love for us, as evidenced by Jesus' experiences leading up to Easter. Everything Jesus did was for a reason. Everything. Even His seemingly insignificant words and deeds were of importance, most of … [Read more...]

Lent Enhancers

By definition, Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Easter Sunday. In common vernacular, the purpose of Lent is to deny yourself of something in order to, in the smallest measure, be able to physically experience Jesus' denial of his body and soul as he prepared to go to The Cross for you and me. … [Read more...]

Breakthrough

Only a few short weeks ago, we welcomed our second grandchild into the world. Oshiolema ("Ollie") Michael Atogwe was born about 10 days early to our daughter Jill and son-in-law Oshiomogho. He's healthy and growing, but soooo far from us! They live in the Virginia area, which is a 3+ hour flight away. Here's a peek at our sweet boy: The events leading up to his birth had me thinking … [Read more...]

Out With the Old

"Out with the Old, In with the New." I like to bring a spiritual element into my New Year's Eve celebrations. As a child, our church had a New Year's Eve candlelight service, which at the time I was convinced was designed solely for the purpose of keeping us from having any kind of fun on the party-est night of the year. I didn't fully appreciate the appropriateness of reflecting over the … [Read more...]

9 Gallons

This isn't an actual picture of the inside of my refrigerator, but it certainly could be. I grocery shop nearly every day and recently noticed I was having a hard time keeping the milk shelf stocked. So I counted just how much milk we were drinking in a week. Nine. Nine gallons of milk are consumed by this family in one week ~ more than a gallon a day. When our kids were little, we had an … [Read more...]

Can’t We Get Along?

In the last few days, I've received several 'whadya think?' messages, along with posts and re-posts on my Facebook wall of a video snippet of pastor Joel Osteen's wife Victoria. Several of the published commentaries label her and Joel 'heretics'. By Webster's definition, a heretic is 1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church; 2. … [Read more...]

Will You Trust Me?

Looking through old Throwback Thursday photos is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I'd do a different kind of Throwback Thursday, one that takes a look back at the most difficult season of our lives. The fact that our three Minnesota years were difficult wasn't hidden from my readers ~ but exactly how difficult was. I want to take a moment to reiterate … [Read more...]

30 Years of Us

  This weekend we will celebrate 30 years of marriage. 30 years makes us sound really old, but we sure don't feel old. 30 years is quite an accomplishment in this day and age of disposable everything. 30 years of marriage has been the single greatest accomplishment of my life. And a 30-year long thriving marriage kind of gives you a platform to share with others how it's done, … [Read more...]

So What’s It Gonna Be?

It's only appropriate when this was the view from my windshield this morning, April 4, that I speak about the elation we feel about the opportunity to leave Minnesota. However, in all fairness to this state I've found so difficult to love, the discomfort of the past three years here had far more to do with God's divine plan than the seemingly endless winters. If you've spent any time listening … [Read more...]

My Praying Knees

Many a mom looks down at her stretched belly skin, her spit-up stained clothing, and blood-shot, sleep-deprived eyes and would trade none of them for the precious sleeping baby in her arms. Those external indicators of new motherhood are worn as badges of honor. Those badges are distant memories for me, likewise for most parents of young adults. These days, when my kids no longer live under our … [Read more...]