New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Just the words, New Beginnings, can bring about many different feelings. For some it might bring excitement and anticipation, for others anxiety and fear,  and for others dread. Of course these feelings may vary based on the situation or circumstances but sometimes even the same circumstances result in different feelings because of our perspective. Is it […]

God’s Timing Is Always Best

God’s Timing Is Always Best

We moved across states recently, which I think I mentioned in another post. Let me tell you it wasn’t without some bumps. First we had a month, so that should be enough time, right? We sure thought so. Plus, we were moving back home…to our home state of Indiana. That meant we had family close […]

Protest an Easter Egg Hunt?

Protest an Easter Egg Hunt?

We’re just a few days after Easter, but I still can’t get something out of my mind. The Saturday before Easter my church always has an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. We include a presentation of the gospel and lunch. It has always been a fun family event. This past Saturday as we pulled […]

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]

Ahh, Massage

Ahh, Massage

My husband and I lounge on the sofa, watching television, enjoying together time. He massages my feet. Do I jerk away and say, “Don’t do that?” Not on your life! After supper at the end of a long work day, I offer my husband a back rub. Does he turn me down? No way! My […]

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

A month or so ago, my husband and I decided it was time to start the home buying process. We connected with a realtor who came highly recommended by a friend. She pointed us to a lender so we could get the paperwork started and get an idea of how much house we could afford. […]

The Best Part of Spring

The Best Part of Spring

There’s something invigorating about spring, about new life erupting from the dormant earth. I love the vibrant colors that come alive almost overnight. It’s amazing how God can take a lifeless, gray limb and make it bud and blossom. Dead, brown grass suddenly greens. Flowers shoot up out of the ground, adding substance and beauty to […]

A Righteous Man Won’t Stay Down

A Righteous Man Won’t Stay Down

You Can’t Kill a Peep Little marshmallow confections are everywhere. You know what I mean. Peeps! These animal shaped candies fill store counters at Easter in a variety of colors and flavors. The tough sticky center reacts like sugar coated rubber because they are indestructible. You can stretch them, bite them, and stomp on them […]

Checked at the Door

Checked at the Door

I was raised in the church. My family has a long history of church affiliation, membership, and leadership. My great-grandfather was one of the founders and associate Pastors of my childhood/family church.  The building [a remodeled version] which still stands today, is across the street from my grandmother’s house. I remember my great-grandmother sharing with […]

In Need of Rest

In Need of Rest

There comes a time in our life when we run out of steam. We started the race full of energy. We had our fill of God, our conviction that we were on the right path. And then we hit obstacle, after obstacle, after obstacle. The first one wasn’t so bad. We were expecting it. The […]

Decluttering and Relationships

Decluttering and Relationships

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the neat/clean freak one in my marriage. I don’t want my home to be a pigsty, but I don’t mind a little clutter here and there. In the past eight to nine months, though, my husband and I have been on a huge decluttering and trying-to-live-minimally […]

A Surrendered Heart

A Surrendered Heart

When I was a kid in my little country church, kneeling to pray on cushions at the altar was a regular thing. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp why everyone was kneeling. While observing this practice, my mind would often wander to what everyone was praying about for so long. I knew if I […]

Is My Name Written There?

Is My Name Written There?

There are large parts of the Bible that consists of lists. Some of them involve directions on building the tabernacle and, later, the temple, some are laws that the Israelites were to follow. In some passages, fighting men are detailed with the jobs they are to do, and some spots just list the various families […]

Too Much Sharing!

Too Much Sharing!

Oh that our world would realize that it’s not necessary or even okay to share every single thing happening in our lives! I recently traveled for work and spent quite a bit of time in an airport killing time before my return flight.  As I sat in a cubbie to charge my phone, a young […]

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

Today is World Storytelling Day. I remember going to the bookstore where my mother worked and listening to a storyteller. She had collected and written down stories from other countries, such as Africa. I could sit there all day taking in those tales. I bought her book and learned some of those stories so I […]

Am I Skydiving or Flying

Am I Skydiving or Flying

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Ephesians 3:20 Sometimes (more often than not) I get caught up in the process of life. I’m an analytical sort of person, and I’m definitely a planner. With every […]

Letting Go of the Past

Letting Go of the Past

When my husband was undergoing a course of treatment in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, it was a trying time for us. The hospital was 120 miles away from our home. We are not city folks, so we made the trip on Monday morning for the first treatment of the […]

Taking Off Our Masks

Taking Off Our Masks

They say “character” is who we are when no one’s looking. But the real question is–who are we when others are looking? Are we the same person at work as we are at church? Do we treat our family members with the same respect and patience as we do our friends? When life gets tough, do we give […]