Beth’s Blog

There Are No Strangers

My kids have gotten so used to me having conversations with random strangers that they just roll their eyes and look at each other as if to say, “here she goes again!” when it happens.   I don’t know why people feel drawn to strike up…

Our Security

I’m still in a state of disbelief as I post this entry.  Our soon-to-be eighteen-year-old daughter came home later than normal (with permission) Sunday night.  In her hurry to get in before the appointed time to be home, she left her house key in the…

Mistaken Identity

I have written before about a snorkeling “incident” we had in Hawaii with my husband and our two youngest kids.  They were quite young and very excited to be out in the ocean with all the brightly colored and wonderful fish.  Suddenly my husband called out…

Kite Children

As our children become older, they remind me more and more of kites!  Yes, kites…  Let me explain: Do you remember flying kites in your youth (or if you’re lucky to have remained youthful, maybe you still fly kites to this day)?  When the wind…

Under His Wings

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers!  How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me,” Jesus plaintively grieves over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37 just…

He Holds My Hand

I am sitting on a wide, 5th-story balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Kona, Hawaii at the moment.   The scene is so beautiful.  Our resort is built at the water’s edge on the huge, ancient lava flow of an extinct volcano which looms out of the…

Room Service from God’s Kitchen

My dear, sweet husband recognized the signs recently that I was heading for an emotional meltdown after a particulary tough week with our hormonal and frustrating teenaged son.   He suggested I take the weekend and head up to our place on the lake in Big Bear…

The Word of God–a Sharp Sword

My favorite martial arts weapon is the sword…we have quite a collection of swords in my household–Samurai swords, bamboo swords, wooden swords, chinese double-sided swords, broadswords, and so on.  Each sword is designed to be used for a specific purpose and we have to train for…