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 […]

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 […]

Getting Rid of Discouragement

Getting Rid of Discouragement

You don’t have to look farther than the 5 o’ clock news to become depressed. Senseless shootings, political unrest, threats of war, natural disasters. The list goes on and on. Discouragement can hang over us like an ominous cloud. It touches each of our lives through financial strain, unexpected illness, job stress, or relational conflict.  So what can we […]

Resisting God

Resisting God

Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God.  We resist Him without even realizing it!  While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!”  But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still […]

Victory over Loneliness

Victory over Loneliness

Have you seen the lonely chair? This is a chair that is designed to offer you the comforts of a hug if you do not have someone to hug you. It is supposed to wrap you in a bear hug of sorts, bringing to you the warmth of a human hug. While I have never […]

Surrender, not for the weak of Heart

Surrender, not for the weak of Heart

My family and I are called overseas to serve the Lord. We received our calling in 2013 and were appointed with our sending agency in April of 2014. Our goal was to raise 100% of our support by this August. January 2016 hit, and I began to feel the stress of raising 70% in less […]

A Few Great Blessings With A Few Gray Hairs

A Few Great Blessings With A Few Gray Hairs

There were white splotches on my arms and hands.  After painting our bedroom all morning, I finally took a shower.  As I was drying my hair I noticed some white streaks on the top of my head.  Some paint must have dripped on my hair… but how could it fall in such perfect stripes…?  Before […]

A Golden Moment

A Golden Moment

Our son lives in a town in the north woods of Wisconsin, populated not only by people, but also by a great deal of deer and other wild life. I always hope we will see a deer while we are visiting him; sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. Last summer we were sitting on […]

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

People have desires. They want what they can’t have, or there’s been no opportunity to follow their dreams. Daily life interferes. According to Irish myth, if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll regain his freedom by granting you three wishes. This universal yearning to make wishes come true is what made The Bucket List, a 2007 […]

Winter of Our Content

Winter of Our Content

  The Winter of our Discontent. Those five words have been tossed about in various contexts within the English language for centuries. John Steinbeck enshrined the phrase in the title of his final novel, and he borrowed the line from Shakespeare. For those who suffer from light deprivation in the season when the earth tilts […]

Progress, Not Perfection

Progress, Not Perfection

I am a closet perfectionist. (Well…not so much of a closet perfectionist anymore since I just confessed my perfectionism to you!) Growing up, I learned to be very performance and achievement oriented. I was the girl with the straight-A report card and the perfect penmanship. I was the girl whose school uniform always met the […]

Rejoice In the Lord Always

Rejoice In the Lord Always

As I reflect and meditate this morning, the Apostle Paul’s statement that we need to learn to be content in whatever situation we find ourselves in, comes to mind. The key word is ‘learn.’ We need to learn to rejoice in the Lord. We need to learn to rest in the Lord. We need to […]

Ask And You Will Receive

Ask And You Will Receive

Do you ever find yourself thinking God has given you gifts that you’re not using? I know I have, especially over the last couple of years. I had this vision in my head of how and where God was calling me to share the ministry He has placed on my life. Only, it doesn’t really […]

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 […]

Overflow

Overflow

“…for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45b Stop for just one moment. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think about this verse. What is your mouth speaking about? According to Luke 6 that’s what’s in your heart. I was drinking coffee and curled up nice and […]

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, […]

Learn To Be Content In All Things

Learn To Be Content In All Things

Being content and being thankful can go hand and hand. I am going to turn this on myself for a second because I have a huge problem with always being content. I always work harder and I always want more, never really being content with what I already have. As I was sitting one day […]

Something To Land On

Something To Land On

Warning: Single ladies post. But don’t worry – if you’re not a single lady I promise that you will get something out of this too! Some of you readers may know that I’ve moved to a new city – well, “a whole new world” really, to borrow Aladdin’s words. I’m now living in the lovely […]