The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

The Remedy for Our Empty and Broken Moments

  Where do we turn in our empty and broken moments? I’ve been thinking of this often, and one compelling truth comes to mind: The remedy for our emptiness is the fullness of Christ, and the path to the fullness of Christ is through the gateway of our weakness. It seems so paradoxical that the […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, and on this day last year (2016), my grandmother passed away. She may not have served in the American military or died in battle, but 57 years ago, she was an army nurse in the Korean War in 1950. She was actually from North Korea, and by the end of the […]

The Encounter

The Encounter

“Now when Joshua was near Jericho he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now […]

Guarding Your Heart

Guarding Your Heart

Have you ever said to someone, what you put in is what you get out? Usually we are talking about how the amount of effort we apply affects the results we receive. But it can also represent the type of seeds we plant inside our hearts and the outcome of those seeds. The Bible says, […]

Change

Change

One of the most frequent phrases in novels is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” That is certainly true of recent southern Wisconsin weather. When I woke up early this morning, the sky was bright, even though the hour was early. Now, two hours later, clouds have gathered and it is dark […]

On The Road Together

On The Road Together

One of my favorite things to do when driving a longer distance and especially in summertime is to check out the many different state license plates. Whenever my family takes a road trip, I keep track of every state to see how many we can find. It’s always fun to catch the “not often seen” […]

Brain Dead

Brain Dead

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 (HCSB) I’ve been running weary lately. Getting up early to try and get a lot accomplished and often staying up until late night. The hours I’ve been keeping are beginning to take its toll. And […]

Faith Tested

Faith Tested

  The last few weeks have been a struggle. A big struggle for my family. Faith has been tested. Relationships strained and it all kept piling on. It’s really been that way since Easter. Tough. I’m telling you, like super tough. But, in all of this that has happened God has been there. God has […]

Road Trips

Road Trips

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. When I was a child, road trips with my dad were always … interesting. As long as he let Mom navigate from the passenger side with a map, things were just fine. But there were times when he ignored her directions. […]

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go in the strength you have… Am I not sending you? Judges 6:14, NIV When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, Gideon was fighting for survival. He was hard at the unglamorous work of protecting his family’s resources from their enemies. It was not exactly a day for visitors, not to mention a […]

God Is Still in Control

God Is Still in Control

I hear mumbling, questioning, and uncertainty when individuals discuss the new administration taking residence at the White House and the violence happening around us; wherever you live. It is not segregated to the inner city, as many proclaim – violence, murder, assaults, thefts, and much more is occurring in the suburbs, churches, businesses, and banks. […]

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

The article I’m sharing today appeared on another blog earlier in the year. I have added a few more ideas to consider here, however. But as the school year is ending, I can’t help but applaud our unsung heroes. Have you ever found yourself considering those people you might not always show thankfulness for? Naturally […]

The Hands of Jesus

The Hands of Jesus

When I think of Jesus, the image that comes to mind is often hands. I see them as he ministered and as He sacrificed everything for us through His death on the cross. But as I reflect on those precious hands, I realize the story of our Savior’s hands begin much earlier. I believe we […]

Friendship

Friendship

  I’m reading a book for review called “Never Unfriended” by Lisa Jo Baker. I thought at first, “Nah, not interested,” then the cry went out that they were low on reviewers and I thought, “Okay. I’ll read it.”   My mom used to complain that she never had any friends. I watched her visit […]

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

After years and years of teaching in elementary schools, I’ve overheard plenty of kid conversations in the classroom and on the playground. They’re not shy talking about their home lives. For example (my thoughts in parentheses): “My mom never lets me do anything fun.” (Good for her—if that means he can’t go out to play […]

A Tantrum Averted

A Tantrum Averted

Normally, shopping invigorates me. Not this day. Not when I started from a point of exhaustion. With looming deadlines and a conference to prepare for, this might be my only opportunity to purchase needed items. Hubs graciously went with me. Disinterested in women’s clothes, he wandered. Only, I’d forgotten my phone. After making a couple […]

Redefine Mother’s Day

Redefine Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, a day which for many, evokes a mix of emotions. Whether happy, sad, or a mix of the two, Mother’s Day is bound to prick our hearts to think and reflect on some aspect of motherhood, even if only for a few seconds. Anna Jarvis, the woman who conceived the concept […]

When Our Sought after Advice Goes Unheeded

When Our Sought after Advice Goes Unheeded

As I write this, I’m pressed on every side with extended family and their issues, making my heart break like marbles after a scatter shot. Recently, police authorities called with news the remains of a body they found in the thick underbrush of the forest is indeed my lost brother. He went missing a year […]