When Cancer Knocks On Your Door…

Posted by Susan On February 25, 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It’s a cold, snowy, “very normal” late February day here in the Pacific Northwest. Yet if truth be told, this past month has been as far from ‘normal’ as anything I’ve ever experienced– and today, the treasure of this very normal, cold, snowy February morning is…well… it truly is a “treasure.” This past month has  [ Read More ]

Review- In Search of Deep Faith

Posted by Susan On January 14, 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Never judge a book by its cover. I know, I know, I know…and yet that’s exactly what I did last week as soon as I saw the title, In Search of Deep Faith by Jim Belcher. One of our Bible School instructors from many years ago had given a general recommendation of it on Facebook  [ Read More ]

A Life Without Pain??? Yes, Please!

Posted by Susan On July 1, 2013 1 COMMENT

It’s strange that a chiropractor’s appointment could so strongly affect my understanding of prayer. But it did, and now I’m very excited–and a bit nervous– about grasping such a better perspective when I pray! For several years now, I’ve been struggling with terrible pain in my hands, and yet I couldn’t seem to find what  [ Read More ]

Civita di Bagnoregio

Posted by Susan On June 17, 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Just as I had imagined, Civita di Bagnoregio– one of Italy’s amazing medieval hilltop cities– was everything I had read about and anticipated as Dan and I researched and planned every detail we could think of in preparation for our recent trip to Europe with good friends. But as it turned out– far beyond anything  [ Read More ]

Overcoming ‘Evil’ With ‘Good’

Posted by Susan On April 28, 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Last month, three of our grandsons stayed with us while Mom was recovering from a C-section after the birth of their adorable baby sister. As the boys looked through my book shelves, they discovered “Robinson Crusoe” and enthusiastically asked if I’d read it to them. So each night before bed, it became our pattern to  [ Read More ]

God’s Hand on Our Aging Parents

Posted by Susan On April 17, 2013 ADD COMMENTS

We were just wrapping up the Bible Study at our house when Dan’s phone rang. It was one of his sisters, and he intended to tell her he’d call her right back when our guests had left– but as he stepped out of the room, he was taking much longer than I’d expected he would.  [ Read More ]

This past week, I slid far outside of my comfort zone and read “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert”– the story of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a woman who was transformed from the life of a lesbian university professor actively promoting the homosexual agenda, to a life totally committed to Christ by way of what  [ Read More ]

There was a youth rally when I was in my late teens that generated considerable attention when it advertised that the speaker, now converted to Christ, was a former member of a very notorious street gang. The school auditorium where we gathered to hear him speak had a good turn out, and I was eager  [ Read More ]

When the One Who Leads Is Just Not Getting It…

Posted by Susan On January 30, 2013 1 COMMENT

My cousin and I walked past a floral shop way back when we were in college together. Simultaneously, we were both drawn to the very same arrangement among several that were displayed in the window. Surprised, I couldn’t understand why she would possibly be so drawn to an arrangement that so beautifully featured white Shasta  [ Read More ]

The Beauty in Life is Paved With…

Posted by Susan On January 15, 2013 1 COMMENT

When we woke this morning, six more inches of fresh snow was gently and peacefully falling onto the several feet of sparkling white already piled high on the ground. Almost too beautiful to be real, the rugged Cascade Mountains surrounding our town paint a stunning winter-white backdrop almost everywhere. “On stage,” our pretty little town–  [ Read More ]