Friday, March 16, 2018


God Your provision is amazing!

All these years You have been with me, giving me the strength I need to raise children, go to work, organize my life, do the hard tasks …

You provided safety for thousands and thousands of miles of travel, for the break-downs, for the searching and exploring of new places …

You gave that same safety to my children, my family, my friends …

When fear entered my home, You provided perfect love

When sorrow came to visit, You comforted

When finances dried up or were spread very thin, You created more

Fools look to the career to give them identity. I look to God who provided my identity before I was born.

Fools beg the government to give them what they need to live. I beg God and He is generous, with no strings attached.

Even the birds and the wild animals look to You for their provision.

Father, You have proven Yourself reliable, faithful, generous and powerful over and over in my life.

Thank You


Thank you to the Five Minute Friday community. These challenges each week keeps me writing! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Before Coffee, God

Before Coffee, God

By Rachel H.T. Mendell

Taking time out to be with God is no longer an option. It's a necessity.

Before Coffee, God, can help guide you in the tiny moments you spare for God.

The lay out of each meditation is simple: a prayer and a Bible passage. The suggested use is also simple. Read the prayer. Read the Bible passage. Meditate, think, reflect.

I specifically priced the book as low as possible so it can be used for Bible studies, retreats, prayer vigils or simple gifts.

I hope Before Coffee, God, gives you a renewed peace and a hope for your day.

Friday, March 9, 2018



It's Friday, and I'm tired.

Today, I helped a friend out and drove down to Columbus to pick up a car, then Friday rush hour traffic that started at 2:30 in the afternoon, almost slamming into a white van that decided to pass me when I wanted in that lane (I had used my directional and given the drivers behind me plenty of time), and the extended tension that comes with three plus hours behind the wheel.

I'm tired.

But that isn't really why I'm tired. The trip was invigorating and I enjoy helping my friends.

I'm tired of people complaining about the president while eating whatever they want, wearing nice clothes and watching lots of movies.

I'm tired of feeling stumped: I'm not getting debt-free, in shape, prancing after my vision, losing weight or living the dream.

I'm tired of people telling me I need to do These Ten Things to look younger when I don't want to look younger. I want to look like me.

I'm tired of advertisers trying to make me buy stuff to feel better about myself because THEY made me feel bad in the first place by pushing model people, model homes, model cars, model adventures and model goals in my face.

I'm tired of bloggers telling me to be them, do what they do, write like they write, join every social media medium and get in everyone's face all the while telling me that they are helping me.

I'm tired of the world.

Vanity. Meaningless.

World!Leave me alone!

Give me Jesus.

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Friday, March 2, 2018


Five Minute Friday


I'm giving up regret for lent.

I'm letting go of the practice of beating myself up … if only

I'm creating new words to replace the old ones

  • I'm sorry I didn't live up to your expectations
  • I wish I had gone the other way
  • Why do I have to keep doing that, eating that, saying that, running to that
  • I can't, I'm too old
  • I can't, I'm too weak
  • I can't, I'm not ready

I am replacing it with

  • happiness
  • calmness
  • joy
  • praise
  • contentment

I give up regret and the match that lights it – self-focus

I place it aside, throw it away, turn away from it, run from it

and run to the promises I have heard over and over

“... but godliness with contentment is great gain ...” (1 Timothy 6:6)

“The Joy of the Lord is our strength.” (Psalm 28:7)

“Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 148)


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018


People get Elijah and Elisha mixed up ... even ministers and evangelists and other Bible scholars.

Do the great prophets care?


Monday, January 15, 2018


A winter walk to change perspective
to read a different kind of book

patterns in the snow, drifted from last night's wind
tracks, fresh, made early this morning,

Kisa, my cat;
a small deer;
a large deer heavy stepping pushed through to the sleeping grass;
a rabbit moving slowly;
the shallow linear prints of a bird;
a mouse, venturing out to look for seeds and back into a perfectly round hole;
dogs, owners easily identified by the direction of the prints;

I share this path with them, these tracks that tell a story,
the torn up grass a flurry of activity between predator and prey,

I pause.

A branch snaps at ground level a short distance away. Deer?

Two branches clack together high above, a whisper of wing, a silhouette of a large bird retreating. Hawk? Owl?

I am the only human to tread this path today, but I do not feel alone.
The stories are there for the reading, tales of my unseen neighbors.

On the driveway, prints of work boots, different sizes, a smattering of mud, a splash of deep red. Blood? Tobacco? The aroma of oil and exhaust, another story of working in the cold.

Up the walkway, another spot of blood and a few feathers. Kisa has made a kill. She rubs my legs, proud of herself. I scratch her ears in agreement.

I am not cold, but as the warmth of my home envelopes me with the aromas of the meal I just created, I am thankful for this beautiful life God has given to me, simple, challenging, blessed, filled with creatures to share it with.

I am sitting in my office writing as out in the white world the auburn sun rays paint sleeping bark,

the creatures note my tracks and read my story.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Two Masters

The Bible states laws, human laws, spiritual laws, philosophical laws, emotional laws. The more I read and study the Bible, the more I see that my life has played out these laws in ways I never imagined when it was happening.

In Luke 16, Jesus is explaining how things work between masters and their servants. In verse 13, Jesus states a law: “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (NKJV)

This law played out in my life a few years ago. The masters involved didn't realize what was going on, or, if they did, chose to ignore it.

When Civitas took over the Brown assets (weakly referred to as Ohio Community Media), this law played out in all its ugliness. The publishers within the company of newspapers ignored the requests from Civitas to do new things, fire unnecessary employees, change financial practices, etc. They remained faithful to The Brown Way (even though Brown had declared bankruptcy).

Civitas took incremental steps to push its agenda, which, of course, it had every right to do. Slowly, slowly, the news came in: this publisher was gone, this one took early retirement, these two publications were combined into one, leaving half the employees to do all the work.

We watched from our tiny office as the war got closer and closer.

Then came the meetings. All the editors from our region met and we were told, as nicely as possible, that we didn't know how to do our jobs properly, an insult hard to swallow, even with free lunch and drinks. The ultimate vision of the future was shared and one by one loyalty switched. You could feel the thick mental chaos in the brightly lit room. You could hear the clicking of hearts switching over to the new masters.

They were now being loyal to the one and despising the other.

And when the war came to our office I was pitted against the very person who hired me, helped with my difficult decisions, stood by me when the public was complaining – my boss. I remained faithful, but it was obvious to me that my old boss hid much of what was really going on to protect herself. I couldn't blame her. I tried to be faithful to both masters. It was ethically and emotionally impossible for me.

Jesus was right. You can't do it. It's a law. Unbreakable. It tears you apart if you try.

When the monstrously ugly conversion to The Civitas Way was complete I had five bosses. No, my five masters did not always agree. They each had their own agenda.

This rule played out until I was hating all of my bosses, at which time I knew I must quit. I was no longer performing at my best and hate was eating my heart away.

The Bible is a rock. The wisdom in it cannot be refuted, by-passed or broken. God knows men and their nature more than we know ourselves.

Our choice is to fight The Rock or cling to It.

“No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches, or anything in which you trust and on which you rely).” – Luke 16:13 (AMPC)