Jun 14, 2009
Remember your cafeteria trays in elementary school? The large rectangle was for your main dish. The milk carton had its square. The silverware went in the long, skinny trench. Every serving had its place. We tend to serve up life that way: church, work, home—all in separate compartments. But it...Read more +
May 31, 2009
World Vision tells a story about Deborah. Years after the genocide in Rwanda, Deborah could not get over her son's death — so she daily asked God for help. One morning a young man came to her door. He said, "I killed your son. Take me to the authorities. I...Read more +
May 24, 2009
In February 2003, Evelyn Husband lost the love of her life. Her husband, Rick, was on the Space Shuttle Columbia. Minutes before landing, it disintegrated, and everyone on board died. In the wake of her husband's death, Evelyn began to see how every challenge in her life had fortified her...Read more +
May 19, 2009
When a downtrodden Nathan told his wife Sophia he had been fired from his job, she was elated. She cried: "Now, you can write your book!" Nathan was incredulous. He said, "And what will we live on while I am writing?" Sophia was ready. She said, "I have always known...Read more +
May 17, 2009
A woodpecker can peck 20 times a second. A second. And if you think that little jackhammer gives you a headache, think of his cranial strain. But no . . . a woodpecker's skull has extra air pockets to cushion his brain. Even nature teaches us a workplace truth: when...Read more +
May 10, 2009
Auburn University football chaplain Chette Williams named his memoir Hard Fighting Soldier . In it, he describes the battle style of Roman soldiers. Their armor had hooks. In battle, the soldiers literally hooked themselves to one another. So each warrior fought for an entire line of warriors. A wounded soldier...Read more +
May 3, 2009
By 430 B.C., the Jerusalem city wall had lain in ruins for decades. Now the Jews began to rebuild. Why not before? Lack of courage . . . no strong leader. Then Nehemiah appeared. He longed to serve and was put in charge. And stirring courage revived a community. The...Read more +
May 2, 2009
A hard, cold winter greeted the Pilgrims who reached Plymouth Rock in 1620. Miles Standish was Military Captain for the Colony and one of the few to escape illness. His wife, Rose, was less fortunate. She died of the "great sickness" that took half the colonists who made the voyage...Read more +
Apr 26, 2009
Cedar Waxwings are brownish birds with black masks and pale yellow bellies. They are frugivorous — fruit eaters. Those bellies of pale yellow are full of berries! And sometimes those berries are fermented, and Cedar Waxwings get drunk. Yes, drunk! They fall to the ground, hit windows, get hit by...Read more +
Apr 21, 2009
At first, some people didn't understand the game. Swim across the river, race up the canyon half a mile, jump off the cliff into the river—carrying one team member the entire way. Don't let that team member touch the water or the ground until the final leap. The people on...Read more +