New Beginnings: Psalm 127

New Beginnings: Psalm 127 What do you want the post-COVID world to look like?I hope for the world to look like what it was, with a little more grace, gratitude, and love for each other. One where we can get back to work rebuilding our lives, working at our jobs, and connecting with our friends. We can step outside without … Read More

“God Shaped Hole” by DeVonna Allison

It was a lovely early summer morning when we discovered a brand-new foal in our pasture, the picture of spindle-legged perfection. We moved the new baby and her mother into a corral, away from the boisterous curiosity of the other horses to give them a chance to bond and recover from the delivery. All seemed well until a few days … Read More

Divine Desire: Psalm 42

Divine Desire: Psalm 42 What is the first thing you’d like to do when the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted? It has been exciting, even if a little scary, to see that life may be inching back towards “normal”. Maybe your job has been classified as “non-essential” and you are desperate to get back to working so you can pay bills. … Read More

“Choices” by Patty J. Willoghby

Several years ago I read the 2004 book entitled “The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz.  The story began with the author sharing his experience of going to The Gap to replace his ten year-old-worn-out jeans, expecting to get another of the same style, be done in five minutes and out the door.  Instead he was bombarded with almost a … Read More

Get Together By Patty J. Willoughby

I’ve been writing blogs for my church’s website during this Coronavirus’ “Shelter-in-Place” edict. For some reason, I’ve been having lyrics from old songs come to mind, and sure enough, I’ve found another that fits perfectly what I have witnessed in light of this pandemic. Things are out of control on many levels. The catalyst, Covid-19, is wreaking mayhem within our … Read More

Make Every Day Count: Psalm 90

Make Every Day Count: Psalm 90 What did you want to be when you grew up? Were you ever asked that question as a child? It was a wonderful question at a wonderful time- when the future was bright and full of endless possibilities. Do you remember the answers? My young Kindergarten colleagues were fire-fighters, teachers, policemen, doctors, scientists, astronauts, … Read More

The Battle at Engedi’s Wildgoat Rocks

P57 and 1 S24 The Battle at Engedi’s Wildgoat Rocks Margery Kisby Warder, March 13-19, 2020 Against the dampness of the rocks and deep within the cavern’s darkness he and his crowded cluster wait, grateful for the pause from pursuit. Questions duel doubts. Past and present clash. Must not fear be slain for this rightful king to reign? What stands, … Read More

Dave in a Cave: 3000 year-old lessons on trust amid isolation from Psalm 57

  Dave in a Cave: 3000 year-old lessons on trust amid isolation from Psalm 57 In the movie The Terminal- Tom Hanks portrays a man who is stuck in an airport terminal indefinitely due to a series of comical misfortunes. There is a revolution in his country and his passport is revoked mid-flight- rendering him unable to enter the United … Read More

The God-Shepherd: Psalm 23

Life's Greatest Question: Psalm 23 Have you ever stopped to think about the power of questions? We sure are asking a lot of them these days. Some of the top 10 questions asked on google, according to one site ( are: When are the NBA playoffs? Where’s my refund? What is love? Where am I? When are the early signs … Read More

Thankful during Covid-19: Psalm 118

Gender Reveal this Sunday! Today is a really big day in the Rice household, because we are about to discover the gender of our newest addition. This is surreal for me- as I thought we would be done after three. However, God has given us another precious little one that we can’t wait to meet. Finding out the gender of … Read More