Deborah & Jael: Models of Courage

WF White fuzzy flower (6)Deborah and Jael were contemporaries who lived during the time of the judges in the Old Testament period. Both of them played very important roles in the deliverance of the nation of Israel from oppression under the hand of Jabin, a nearby king.

Their account is recorded in Judges 4 and 5; and in Hebrews 11:32-34.

What this account reveals about these women

Deborah, called “a mother in Israel” (5:7), was the nation’s only female judge. She was humble, courageous, and wise, and she did what she could. Continue reading

The Sum of All Poetry Equals

Poetry = pictures painted with palabras*


Hats off to all who have participated in the Poetry Six-Word Challenge so far. Keep them coming!

Here are all the lovely Poetry Equations that have been created and shared to date.  Each one is a gem. Please enjoy these and also check out the other poems and articles written by each of these contributors.

Poetry = eye of my hurricane
by jerennazuto of It’s All about Nothing

Poetry = sipping concentrated word wine
by Lisa Luciano of My Word Soup Continue reading

When Morning Gilds the Skies

One day several months ago I went to church with a heavy heart. Our family had just been through a bitter-sweet experience, and that day was feeling more bitter than sweet. The service began, and the song leader announced the hymn: “When Morning Gilds the Skies.” I opened my hymnal and sang along obediently. Verse 1, then verse 2. As we sang, I took in the words, especially verse 2. “Does sadness fill my mind?” Yes, it does. “A solace here I find.” What is it? “May Jesus Christ be praised!” Okay, Lord, I’m listening. “Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this: May Jesus Christ be praised!” With those words, my sorrow began to fade as my heart was filled with praise to my Savior. Continue reading