Redeeming Love Sanctuary Foundation

I’m very excited about “Redeeming Love” – the movie – being released January 21.  The premiere is this Thursday at the Directors Guild Theater and I’m sure portions of the event will be posted online.  But I have other exciting news I want to share, and that is the launch of the Redeeming Love Sanctuary …

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Dandelion

The rains have come, and everything looks lush and green, especially our front and back lawns.  Seeds blown over from the open space behind us last spring and summer have taken root.  Thistles and dandelions are sprouting  like tares in a wheat field – only in this case a lawn.  Did you know dandelion seeds …

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Anticipation

There are times in our lives that fill us with excitement. We can’t wait for the day to come! Here are a few that I remember. First day in Kindergarten – My mother told me when I turned five, I could go to school.  So, on my birthday, I dressed up and was ready to …

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What a Difference a Day Makes

I love summer, even when it’s long and hot with drought conditions. People worry.  God tells His people not to fear 365 times in the Bible.  Yet, we still do.  Sometimes I think we’re wired to worry.  If we don’t have something to worry about, we worry about that.  Worry is like insurance:  very expensive, …

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A Once Clear Lake

Not far from us is the largest freshwater lake in California – Clear Lake.  Rick’s dad used to fish there years ago.  He once accidentally knocked a lantern from the side of the boat into the water.  He could see everything as the light sank to the bottom.  Now the lake is choked by toxic …

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Harvest

Enrique guided Raul and I through the job of pruning back in January 2021.  With fifty years of experience working for well-known vintners, he worked quickly, slowing down only to explain what he was doing. We followed his instructions. The cutting away of poorly trained cordons seemed brutal, tying down new shoots a lesson in …

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Tamar – A Woman of Courage

Back in 1999, I wrote a novella, Unveiled, about Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah from whose family line the promised Messiah would come.  This young woman was abused by her first husband (whom God struck down), given in levirate marriage to his brother who used her for sex while denying her the chance to conceive …

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Pandemic Living

A friend sent me a list of funny sayings the other day and several reflected my feelings of late.   Here’s one:  Now that I’ve lived during a pandemic, I understand why most Renaissance paintings are of chubby women laying around without a bra. Just to be clear, I do NOT recline naked on my sofa. …

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Ranger and the Turkeys

The grapes are turning purple and nearing harvest.  Every few days I’m out among the vines with my refractometer, checking out the sugar content.  But I’m not the only one tasting grapes.  A flock of turkeys shows up early in the morning and around dusk.  Sadly, scare tape and whirligigs are of no use against …

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Guilt By Association

A friend shared a story of buying a nice used car and being pulled over by the police several times.  She wasn’t speeding.  All her lights were in working order.  They pulled her over because the previous owner was a well-known, documented drug dealer.  Or course, once they realized the new owner had no history …

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