When I was a girl in high school, I had an old, stone-faced English teacher who made me fall in love with words. In her mouth they marched, danced and sang as they became Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton or Frost.  I saw so many Technicolor scenes before me as she droned on in her almost inaudible voice.


Then I met a man (my husband) who helped me to love God’s Word, and my life changed forever. The transition was not easy since the lure of life in the world still called from every direction, but the true “life” (John 17:3) had a much greater call, and that has made all the difference.  If only all wives had that love when quarrels, poverty, loneliness, and rejection come, then their work would be so much easier.

Because of God’s Word, choices are already made. Like the Philippians, we are bought and redeemed, but still working out our own salvation from day to day (Philippians 2:12).


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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost


  1. Job 28:7-9
    7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth,
    and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen:
    8 The lion’s whelps have not trodden it,
    nor the fierce lion passed by it.
    9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock;
    he overturneth the mountains by the roots…
    …Job 28:12-14
    12 But where shall wisdom be found?
    and where is the place of understanding?
    13 Man knoweth not the price thereof;
    neither is it found in the land of the living.
    14 The depth saith, It is not in me:
    and the sea saith, It is not with me….
    …Job 28:20-21
    20 Whence then cometh wisdom?
    and where is the place of understanding?
    21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living,
    and kept close from the fowls of the air…
    …Job 28:23
    23 God understandeth the way thereof,
    and he knoweth the place thereof…
    …Job 28:28
    28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
    and to depart from evil is understanding.


    1. Thanks so much for these. I knew Frost’s poem did not truly express what I wanted to say, but it was the best I could think of at the time. I promised myself I would go to bed before 2:00 AM, so my days would be more productive. Little by little the monsoons have begun, and skies are becoming gray.


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