Brokenness

Brokenness

What do you do when something of yours gets a crack or breaks, let’s say a glass or a bowl? I know for me it usually ends up in the garbage. I don’t want anyone to cut their mouths on a broken glass and cracked bowls inevitably leak milk or other liquids so that’s no […]

Take a Stand

Take a Stand

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 (NIV) “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, […]

Disappearing Friends, Autism and Godly Response

Disappearing Friends, Autism and Godly Response

 Want to know who your friends are? Have a child with Autism. IT IS SO TRUE! A lesson that me and my family have learned with three on the spectrum. Like, people don’t talk about this at all. Well, it needs to be talked about. When you get the final diagnosis of Autism from the […]

Strength in Humility

Strength in Humility

While eating breakfast one morning I thought about my son not liking confrontations; then recalled that I don’t like to argue either. I pondered the thought for a moment and wondered why I don’t like to argue – do I get angry too quick and want to fight or am I scared of being humiliated. […]

Get Rid of the Pest!

Get Rid of the Pest!

Recently we had a little situation arise at our house. My family and I were propped up in our recliners, watching a movie when I thought I spotted something dart across the floor in front of the window. I shrugged it off since headlights from outside have often caused the same kind of moving shadows. […]

My Favorite Picture of My Father and Me

My Favorite Picture of My Father and Me

…the beloved of the Lord will live safely by Him; He protects him all the time, and the Lord places him on his chest. -Deuteronomy 33:12, NET I sat upright, my book crashing to the floor beside the bed. That sounds like a train. And it is coming for our house. I leapt to the […]

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

Father’s Day is bittersweet for me this year. It’s the first year I’ve been through this holiday without my dad. I miss him a lot, but one of the things I love is to be told that I resemble him in some way. When he was alive, he loved for people to draw comparisons between us. […]

Turn! Turn! Turn!

Turn! Turn! Turn!

TURN! TURN! TURN! That sounds like me trying to navigate my husband through a huge city we’ve never been before . . . someplace like, oh, say . . . Cincinnati?  You’ll understand that reference as you continue reading! Actually, according to Wikpedia, that is the actual title (exclamation points included) of the song written […]

Untethered

Untethered

This time, I will let go of my fears. I will explore new places, I will meet new people. I will float wherever the wind of the Spirit takes me. If you’re an introvert like me, you have engaged in similar conversations with yourself. I would love to own a bold, adventurous spirit, ready to […]

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

The Secret to a Positive Attitude

Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my tongue rejoices, my body will rest secure. Psalm 16:8-9   David’s life is filled with conflict, tragedy, and disappointment. Yet, His hope remained steadfast in God. Within these verses we find the Psalmist’s secret behind his positive […]

Fruit Inspection

Fruit Inspection

I just celebrated my 43rd birthday a few weeks ago. It was a nice day, filled with gifts, dinner out, and a trip to some beautiful gardens with my husband and daughters. We saw beautiful healthy plants and flowers all in bloom. Someone worked very hard to produce all that beauty. But without the sun […]

Our Creative Gifts

Our Creative Gifts

We may think we do not have any creative gifts, but we do. God gives some gift or talent or skill to each of us. This morning I was reading in Cherie Burbach’s  Art and Faith book on this subject. She encourages each of us to use these God-given gifts and talks how using them […]

Leaving a Legacy of Honesty

Leaving a Legacy of Honesty

2 Kings 12:15 (NIV) “They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.” I studied the story of Joash, the youngest to become king of Judah, this morning and was struck by a couple of things in the narrative. One– […]

Eat This Book

Eat This Book

Learning to Crave the Word of God above anything else. I recently noticed that I’ve been going through a spiritual anorexia. I haven’t been feeding on God’s Word. Instead, I’ve been replacing it with my own plans and strivings. This has resulted in my feeling tired, snappy and worn out. This is not the way to live. I […]

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

What Will You Give Up to Trust God?

I adopted a word of the year (“trust”) and have been very mindful about the times I find myself not trusting. A few weeks ago, I had a professional challenge that shook my entire world, and I found myself going back to the word “trust” again and again. I feel like this word was whispered […]

Take a Risk

Take a Risk

My husband studied the weather radar. “We’ll be cutting it close,” he said. We looked at each other, smiled, and didn’t need words. The unspoken communication said, “Let’s go for it!” So we hopped on the motorcycle and drove forty minutes north to our son’s house. We had a great visit, playing with our five grandsons, […]

When You’ve Been Hurt

When You’ve Been Hurt

Have you ever had a past hurt resurrect itself in a way that causes hurt to someone else? Recently, a painful relationship from my past resurfaced in an unexpected way, causing me to injure a friend. All the pain and anxiety I’d previously experienced came crashing back, like a tsunami. I’d let the fear of being hurt again […]

Learning God’s Ways

Learning God’s Ways

After years of getting to know my husband, I can finally say that I have come to understand his ways.  I know what makes him happy, how he thinks and how he handles things.  I will even go as far as to say that I understand the “why” behind what he does.  I understand his motives, […]