Have You Seen the Kingdom Today?

Have You Seen the Kingdom Today?

God’s kingdom is here on earth and we live it and breathe it. But sometimes we forget to notice it. Sometimes we are so focused on the next task, or the next hurdle that we miss the beauty growing out of the crack by our feet, or the whisper of truth coming from a child’s […]

Wrestling with Smallness

Wrestling with Smallness

In the past week I have come across several articles that say something to the effect of: You don’t have to do big, impressive things in order to be valuable to God’s kingdom. It is a sentiment I heartily agree with, and yet … I struggle with jealousy when a friend writes a post that […]

Lessons from a Stray Cat

Lessons from a Stray Cat

About two months after our elderly cat died, my husband and I were outside enjoying the flower beds when a cat we’d never seen before materialized at the edge of the yard. Naturally, I walked over to say hello. The little gray cat let me approach and seemed eager for my attentions—so eager she followed […]

The Challenges of Being Still

The Challenges of Being Still

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10 For the past few years I have heard friends talk about the One Word concept, but I never took serious thought into trying it out, partly because I have a stubborn streak when […]

Bullied by Fear

Bullied by Fear

The beginning of the year is a time for reflections and goal setting. A time to look back. A time to look ahead. A time to dream of what could be. Except the logical part of my brain reminds me that there is a difference between goals and dreams. Both lead to a desired result, […]

Strength and Courage for Everyday Battles

Strength and Courage for Everyday Battles

Fear is a common foe for most of us, both in the large battles of life and the small, everyday ones. Fear of death. Fear of failure. Fear of being embarrassed. Fear of disappointing someone… God understands those fears:  Be strong and very courageous, in order to act carefully in accordance with all the law […]

Are You Feeling Restless?

Are You Feeling Restless?

Do you sometimes feel restless? Do you wonder if perhaps there should be more to life than you are currently experiencing, perhaps you might be missing out on the purpose for your life? I have been feeling that way, so when Lisa Bartelt reviewed the book Restless, by Jennie Allen, I was intrigued. The book […]

Going to the Movies

Going to the Movies

When was the last time you quoted or referenced a movie to help explain something to someone? We all do it, right? Even if we’ve never seen the movie, we recognize quotes like “Go ahead, make my day,” or “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Why? Because movies (and TV and YouTube) are part of our […]

Fighting the Scarcity Mindset

Fighting the Scarcity Mindset

Do you ever wake up and the first thought in your head is, I didn’t get enough sleep? In the next few hours that thought may be followed by others like: I don’t have enough time to do the breakfast dishes. I wish I had enough money to afford suits like her. I never have […]

Finding My Own Path

Finding My Own Path

Yesterday was my mother’s 80th birthday. I have always enjoyed a close relationship with my mother. I am fortunate to still have her in my life. When I was a child, my mother was the most influential person in my life. She taught me all the practical things that moms teach. She introduced me to […]

Fireworks and Failures

Fireworks and Failures

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than fireworks? As dusk fell, the menfolk prepared their launch area, making sure the rockets would land clear of any hazards. Most of the family clustered on the driveway. My mother settled into a chair on the porch. We oohed and ahhed as the rockets climbed, […]

Lessons from Wet Reeds

Lessons from Wet Reeds

The other day, as I was making a basket, I realized that weaving baskets brings me fact-to-face with some of my struggles in life, things like patience and perseverance. Maybe some of you can relate: A little planning makes a big difference. When it comes to projects, I like to jump right in and start […]