• I know it’s a bit premature, but we got a taste of fall last Sunday!  The temperatures were the lowest of the summer, there was a nice breeze and the leaves were falling off the tree in the upper parking lot at church. What caught my attention was a leaf. Yep, a simple red-colored leaf. As I walked in the parking lot, I noticed this leaf standing tall in a crevice of the asphalt.  (See the actual picture) Most leaves simply lie flat when they fall, but this one had fallen in such a way that it stuck straight up, almost as if it were on display. 


  • I am not a good handyman. I enjoy fixing things around the house if it’s not too difficult or time-consuming, but I lack the skills needed if it’s really detailed or involved. Likewise, Cindy and I learned early in our marriage not to attempt some DIY tasks together (wallpapering being chief among these!). Like Clint Eastwood said in one of his movies, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”


  • On this side of heaven, even the Christian may experience suffering and pain. We live in a broken and sinful world and often suffer the consequences of that brokenness. It leaves us to wonder at times if pain and challenge and difficulty are worth it. However, may we as believers in Christ, have a more heavenly minded attitude, no matter what we may face on any given day. Remember, we do live by faith and not by sight!