Perfect Is as Perfect Sees

September 22, 2014

perfect, imperfect

I get it.

Every morning, I wake up refreshed. Okay, most mornings.

Same objectives. Same desires. Same hopes. Read more

It Takes So Little to Be Above Average

August 5, 2014

It Takes So Little to Be Above Average

God prompted me to re-visit this blog I wrote in the past. The devotional message never grows old. Enjoy.

I read Florence Littauer’s challenge years ago in her book, It Takes So Little to Be Above Average. But God reminded me of that principle in a truly simple way this week.

I had just semi-closed the misaligned door of the old armoire  in our bedroom. But as I rounded the corner to the hall that book title popped into my head–as it sometimes does when I’ve given a half-hearted effort to do something. Read more

Encouragement for Discouragement

July 22, 2014

Ever been discouraged? During a time of discouragement recently, God reminded me of some important truths. These are the whispers of encouragement He impressed me to write and remember. In times of discouragement, I hope they encourage you, too: Read more

What Can You Give to a Mother?

April 28, 2014

Wondering what you could say or give to a mother to express your thanks and your love to her–on Mother’s Day or any day? For those of you whose moms are still living, here’s one simple suggestion. Read more

Shadowed by Grace: A Book Review

April 22, 2014

I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction books set in the World War II era, so I chose Cara Putman’s new book, Shadowed by Grace, to read recently. And I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Book Review of Shadowed by Grace

American journalist and photographer Rachel Justice accompanies Monuments Man Lt. Scott Lindstrom to Italy in his efforts to recover and preserve the great monuments and works of art from their destruction by the Third Reich. Read more

Good or Bad Friday?

April 18, 2014

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining” (Luke 23:44, NIV)

The name “Good Friday” seems to be a misnomer. Can anything good come from death by crucifixion? Does pain have a purpose? Early in  Jesus’ ministry, scoffers hurled their own ignorant disbeliefs: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Read more

God’s Pruning Is So Ruining

March 24, 2014

Character of God

God’s character is so…out of character. At least from our point of view. Take pruning, for example. Read more


March 3, 2014

Love is not just something you do; love is something you are. It is often premeditated, sometimes spontaneous, and always unselfish. Read more

The Perfect Valentine

February 10, 2014

The Perfect Valentine:

A Personal Valentine from God

I Love You and Will Always Care for You

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One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting

February 3, 2014

Triumph over Tragedy

I love stories about triumph over tragedy. One Light Still Shines, by Marie Monville, wife of the man who committed the Amish Schoolhouse massacre, is that kind of story.

The subtitle of her book, written with Cindy Lambert: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, remind me of the familiar words by David the Psalmist in Psalm 23:4 (NKJ):

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

On October 2, 2006, Marie’s husband of ten years entered an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and did the unthinkable. He shot ten young girls, five who died. And then he turned the gun on himself.

Secret of Marie’s Triumph over Tragedy

Most of us probably heard about the tragedy and grieved with the Amish families who lost precious children. Since that time, people have asked 28-year-old Marie how she could possibly emerge and move forward from such a tragedy with so much triumph.This devoted woman of God shares her “secret” in the prologue of her book:

No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.1

A True Love Story

Indeed it does. Especially in the life of Marie Monville. February is the month we emphasize “love.” But this is one love story that’s not fiction, but a true story based on one woman’s courage and faith. I encourage you to read her book. It’s not a story filled with trite phrases or glib responses, but it shows a soul wrenched by tragedy, yet drenched by the unspeakable love of God.

Her Story Is About Your Future

Her story is one of love and forgiveness, of hope and mercy, sometimes from the most unexpected places. It’s a remarkable story. But Marie would not say it’s because she is remarkable, but that her God is. Her book cover quotes her own words, “My story is not about my past, but about your future.

We All Have a Love Story Being Written

Marie is right, you know. Life is not a tragedy. And we all have a love story being written in our own lives. You may think the lights have gone out in your own life. But just like in Marie’s heart, we, too, can choose to let that one Light still shine. If we follow that Light, one step at a time, we’ll discover that love story for which we were all made.

You can read more about Marie’s book here. I discovered this book recently and couldn’t wait to write this review of her story.

1 Marie Monville, One Light Still Shines (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).

What about You?

How has God helped you triumph over tragedy?  I’d love to hear your comments.

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