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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scuttled…But Very Useful

Scuttled…But Very Useful

Has life stalled for you because of a health issue or a financial problem?  Life’s distractions can make us feel unproductive for the Lord.  But the other day, I watched a WWII program about the invasion of France on D-Day and was fascinated by the ingenious plan of the Allies to turn damaged ships into useful tools. […]

The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

When my boys were little, I loved taking them for walks into woods to discover all that they held…bugs, big trees, different colored leaves, all of it I found was a great palette for discovering about God’s world. It was a time when we didn’t rush; we took our time to look up close at bark, […]

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 […]

A Testimony of Work and Rest

A Testimony of Work and Rest

As my first post as an author on Putting on the New, I thought it would be good to share parts of my testimony, so you can get to know me a little better. Perhaps you will resonate with parts of my story. I grew up in a Christian household with loving, but strict parents. […]

Just Two Degrees

Just Two Degrees

Two weekends ago I attended my fifth marriage retreat with my hubby. This being the five year anniversary of the retreat, Friday night we had a lovely banquet. Then we even got snowed in. Yep, it started snowing that Friday afternoon and snowed all evening into the next day. The white blanket reached about six […]

Shaped on the Anvil

Shaped on the Anvil

Several of my ancestral grandfathers were blacksmiths. That job seemed to be a skill or an art, if you will, passed down from generation to generation.  Many years ago, the black- smith was an essential member of the community. His skill, fire, hammer and anvil forged tools needed to survive more easily.  Of course, with […]

Let Go and Give God Control

Let Go and Give God Control

I love the message in Carrie Underwood’s popular song, Jesus Take the Wheel. The lyrics are a potent reminder that we are totally dependent on God’s grace and mercy. Often we like to fool ourselves into thinking we’ve got our lives under control, when in reality, one twist of events or tragic incident can turn our lives upside […]

Proactive Living

Proactive Living

Looking back, I realize how unintentional many of my choices have been.  I thought that my options in life were limited to, “yes, I’ll do this” or “no, I don’t want to do this”.   There were times when I didn’t consider the third option, “what’s ahead for me if I do or don’t do […]

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

We might think we’re OK or even worthy enough to say…”lookin’ good!”  As long as we don’t look in the mirror, we can imagine and believe whatever we want.  Oh, how quickly that changes when we see our reflection.  But we can’t ignore what’s in the mirror, can we?  After all, the mirror doesn’t lie.  […]

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Lately, I have been musing about things like growing older, the real inner me, and how can I age with chutzpah, but graceful chutzpah! Would that we knew our authentic self when we are young, but I think it takes some age before we know who we really are. Then, some of us never hear the […]

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 […]

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

Seasons of Change | Drawing Close to God

I love fall! The colorful leaves, the crisp, cool air, the combines harvesting in the fields, campfires, wiener roasts, apples, pumpkins, warm days and cool nights. Everything about it! The change in seasons reminds me of how we go through various stages of life as we venture from adolescence to adulthood. Within each stage, lies the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, or […]