Maybe you doubt whether your prayers can really be effective, especially when you’re asking for the impossible or what seems unlikely. In the back of your mind you’re thinking, “will my prayer really make a difference?” Or, as one of my readers asked, “Can I move … (read more…)

On a trip to the Mediterranean some years ago, I let my imagination run loose as I stepped into a real world of medieval fortresses and tales of knights in shining armor on the Greek island of Rhodes.

The old town of … (read more…)

One thing you will notice, but not expect, when you step onto a New York City street is… side-walk scaffolding. Since I’ve lived in NYC, the metal structures seem to have spread like ivy. Often, favorite landmarks are covered, to the dismay of tourists ready with their … (read more…)

To have a pile of gifts is a treat. A birthday, wedding, graduation, or any other special occasion, most, if not all, of us enjoy receiving gifts. 

Our favorite gifts, says one researcher, are the ones we want but … (read more…)

I never imagined I would be sitting in the gutter and enjoy fine dining, sometimes complete with white tablecloths and flowers. 

Since the pandemic, New York City’s sidewalks have been transformed into extensions of … (read more…)

I have a friend who keeps a gratitude journal. She writes in it every morning. I’m impressed. She gave me a journal, and I started to do the same. But, I don’t write in it regularly. It takes time to form a habit. It’s not that I’m unthankful, I just don’t naturally … (read more…)

I woke up to whack, whack, whack. It went on and on. It was not a thumping headache, although the sound was enough to give me one.

We’d arrived at our hotel the night before only minutes before midnight. After a delayed … (read more…)

Tied to the railings of an old stone church in our neighborhood is a big canvas sign. In large type with red and white colors, it says ENJOY YOUR FORGIVENESS.

It’s a visible reminder to everyone who crosses the street at … (read more…)

Quite often we are timid in our praying rather than being bold. We may feel we do not deserve to be in the presence of a holy God. But, understanding God’s mercy can help us.

The other morning I pondered the words Lord, have mercy on me as I walked and … (read more…)

We want God’s undivided attention. Selfish? Not at all. We need his attentiveness to our prayers because without him, we know life can become futile, and we lose purpose.

There is one who has “the ear of God”—who is … (read more…)

Waves lapped gently onto the rocky shoreline. The water shimmered and sparkled as the morning sun climbed higher in the sky. A gentle onshore breeze blew the hair away from my face and rustled the reeds behind me. I stood looking at the glistening water, pondering the historic moments of this … (read more…)

Jesus says we are to have faith—great faith. But, even faith that is (read more…)


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