The Privileged Life: The “Nancy Drew Syndrome”

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22b There’s a “clue in the old books.” And it’s a mysterious syndrome.... I’m talking about Nancy Drew, sleuth extraordinaire and paragon of all teenage fictional heroines.  Nancy’s stories arrived on the scene in 1930, authored... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Good Reasons to Smile!

“Serve the Lord with gladness...” (Psalm 100:2a) It speaks a universal language. Its value is priceless, yet it costs you nothing to give it away. It brightens everything around you. It’s contagious! A smile is one of the most precious gifts you can enjoy, whether you’re the giver or receiver. And, the benefits can be enormous. According to... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Are You a Soloist or a Team Player?

“A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; for by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 24:5-6 Think about all the little luxuries in your life, many you might take for granted.  Things like seedless grapes. Indoor plumbing. Seam-free socks. An oven/range. Ready-made clothes.... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Perfect Hiding Place

“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7 Do you find yourself today wishing you could just run and hide? Are you looking for a safe place? My beloved and I just took our first-ever trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. The views were... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: When Your Travel Plans Change

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 Like tightly-wound springs suddenly released, Americans are on the move—thanks to the COVID vaccines and easing of travel restrictions. Millions are hitting the road and flocking to the skies. Airports are crammed, national parks are overwhelmed, and interstate highways are buzzing—all with pent-up vacationers... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Snakes in the Grass

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” Genesis 3:1a We have snakes. In our yard. Which is no surprise, in light of the considerable vole population (field mice) sharing the turf and pocking it with lots of little vole holes. Snakes are out there, in the grass and... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Invasion of the “Bug-Body Snatchers”—Magicicadas Emerge!

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25 They’re ba-a-a-ack! The alien invasion has begun! Brood X of the periodical cicada (Magicicada genus) is here, rising from a 17-year nymph-life underground. And they’re not quiet... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Unexpected Finds

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 When was the last time you were pleasantly surprised by an unexpected find?  I’m not talking about seeing a mouse in your pantry, discovering you picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport... Continue Reading →

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