How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

For ten years we were blessed to have our extended family living nearby. We all looked forward to holidays with a houseful of people we loved. Prior to the day, my sister-in-law and I would plan menus and look for new recipes. She is a fabulous cook, so inevitably all the food turned out to […]

The Gateway to Greater Joy

The Gateway to Greater Joy

   Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB The rhythmic cadence of my feet pounding the platform of the treadmill felt more like a death march. I stared numbly at the pale blue basement wall, adorned with photos of people I […]

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

3 Ways To Fight Selfishness

One of my favorite authors is Jane Austen, who wrote six novels in the early nineteenth century. She was known for her witty observations about the English manners and society of her time. One famous quote of hers is: Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. As much […]

Thanking the Ones Near and Dear to Us

Thanking the Ones Near and Dear to Us

A current trend being popularized by YouTube vloggers is creating videos about thing they are grateful for over a period of time. This may be a reaction to many studies suggesting our physical health improves when we openly express gratitude. Naming what we are grateful for reminds us things are not as bad as our […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Praying you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, remembering God’s abundant blessings in your life this past year.

Gather Together

Gather Together

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 [NKJV]

An Unusual Gratitude

An Unusual Gratitude

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19 Every year, my family and I spend the month of November writing down what we are thankful for. In the beginning, when we lived far away from home in the Arab world, I simply cut the paper which […]

Passing on the Blessings

Passing on the Blessings

I enjoy watching the variety of birds that feed at my feeders. At times, I’ve counted nearly fifty Goldfinches clamoring for a spot or scavenging for seeds that have fallen to the ground. I’m amazed how, in a few short weeks, their bright, yellow feathers of summer are replaced by the dull, brown plumage of winter. This God-given […]

The Best Word In The Bible

The Best Word In The Bible

Do you have a favorite word in the Bible?  We may have different ideas about which is the very best word in the entire Bible.  Love, salvation, blessing, joy, peace, hope… and I’m sure there are many more!  Nevertheless, there is one word that encompasses all of the words that I just listed.  It’s a […]

A Lifestyle of Generosity

A Lifestyle of Generosity

Our society lives a lifestyle of accumulation. We can’t wait to buy the next trendy thing, because we hope it will make us happy, or cool, or popular, or successful. We buy things we don’t need. We buy more than we need, so we never risk running out. We keep things we no longer use. […]

Something New, Something Old

Something New, Something Old

My husband passed away unexpectedly two years ago. His ashes have resided on the top shelf in my closet, but in a couple of weeks he will be interred in our family cemetery, which cousins and I have reclaimed  through much effort, including court appearances. This is a bittersweet, yet joyous, time for me. Bittersweet […]

The Miracle of Birth

The Miracle of Birth

It’s been a busy week, with not a whole lot of sleep. That’s what happens when a newborn enters the world. On Sunday evening at 11:20 pm, my youngest son and his wife welcomed their first little one into their lives. This little sweetie was 8 lb. 10 oz. and 20″ long. It was a […]

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 […]

End of an Era

End of an Era

It’s been a busy few weeks as I’ve been sorting through 16+ years of accumulated home school materials. I’m working on getting things together for a ‘retirement yard sale’. 🙂 Now, it actually has been four years since I finished home educating my two sons all the way through high school graduation, but I finally […]

He is Risen Indeed: Heart Reflections for Easter

He is Risen Indeed: Heart Reflections for Easter

In the quiet stillness of morning the sun rose, its vibrant rays shining over the world as they had done thousands of mornings before. At that time, no one knew what had changed, but something had. Feet ran down the path. Shock and surprise jolted through bodies. Fear surged through minds, anticipation close on its […]

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 […]

Love

Love

   Around this time of year our thoughts turn to LOVE. God knew what He was doing when He began this whole thing of love. It literally has made our world go around. God knew a lot of things didn’t He? He even left us a love letter in His word. Find it in I […]

Gift of Lasts

Gift of Lasts

My family and I have been called to help the church planting movement in Ireland. Our goal, God willing, is to be in Ireland by the beginning of September, 2016. Because of our calling and our projected date to be in Ireland, I have been given the gift of lasts. It’s a fantastic gift, this […]