Category: Faith

Live Simply. Bless Others.

Live Simply. Bless Others.

The setting is our kitchen table. Across from us sits a well dressed financial advisor. He is surrounded by stacks of  crisp white paper, official looking documents, and spiral bound booklets that are going to help us to put our budget in order and plan for our future.  All of the financial decisions that we have made over the past...Read More
God’s Artwork

God’s Artwork

Legalism. Rigid. Rules. Everyone looks the same. Little diversity. Working. Working. Striving. Criticizing. Do things the way we do them. We know what is best. Structure. Rules. Do's and don'ts.  Everything is in black and white. Open wide the curtains and swing the windows open wide. Let the aroma of grace drift in. Breathe in fresh grace and allow it...Read More
Joy! Pure JOY! Great JOY! Nothing But JOY! 

Joy! Pure JOY! Great JOY! Nothing But JOY! 

The word that I have adopted to be "my word" is the word "JOY!" Not the word that you see creatively painted on trendy wooden signs in cute little gift shops -- the ones that say "choose joy". MY word is another joy. It's the joy found in James 1:2: "Count it (Consider it to be) all JOY! when you meet...Read More
When A Season of Mothering Comes To An End

When A Season of Mothering Comes To An End

I was 27 years old. The room was freshly painted. The crib set up. Clothes neatly folded. Anticipation. Waiting. Waiting. She was late. 2 weeks late! She finally came. I was amazed as I stared at her newborn face. The way her lashes laid on her cheeks when she slept. Her wisps of thin blond hair lay lightly on her...Read More
Anxiety And Showing Up

Anxiety And Showing Up

It was only a few years ago that it was allowed to suddenly descend -- uninvited.  Anxiety.  It has changed pretty much every part of who I am.  I don't mean the kind of anxiety that can be prayed or reasoned away with a few moments in the Word.  Of course, time in the Word of God and prayer is...Read More
I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little?

I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little?

You've probably seen the T-shirt or the meme that says "I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little!"  It's meant to be cute or funny--but is it really funny when you hold it up to the measuring stick of God's Word? We live in a world of compromise and it has leaked into the church. Many things that used to...Read More
Life Goals

Life Goals

To be more preoccupied with my internal beauty than I am on any physical beauty that is fading quickly. To be captivated and controlled - heart, mind, and spirit - by the Holy Spirit. To put my hope in God and His promises rather than any human authority or leader. To be authentically and aggressively compassionate. To offer encouragement, hope,...Read More
Finding Calm in the Chaos

Finding Calm in the Chaos

We sit at my kitchen table, big mugs filled with steaming coffee. She is 10 years ahead of me, and I am relishing the time I have with her.  I pepper her with questions, and she  humbly shares her heart. There's something about the calm, tempered words of the mature believer that makes me stop and take notes. I love...Read More
His Dreams

His Dreams

So many hopes and dreams. They started as small seeds planted. Anticipating. Dreaming. Praying -- almost losing hope. Now I am older and they are still there -- those same dreams. Yes, they are still there. Some have come to fruition, some are in process. Confusion sometimes enters in, then the dreams seem distorted and out of place. A storm...Read More
15 Things That A Young Mom Can Learn From A Seasoned Mom

15 Things That A Young Mom Can Learn From A Seasoned Mom

1. There is rarely a time when a mom feels like she knows what she is doing as a parent. 2. There will never be a time that a mom won't need to ask God for wisdom. 3. The older we get the more clearly we see that we really don't know very much. 4. When older people say, "The...Read More
The Worship Service

The Worship Service

People slowly make their way into the church sanctuary and find a place to sit. Sleepy babies are dropped off safely in the care of waiting nursery workers. The pastor makes his final adjustments to his sermon, the worship leader tunes his guitar,  people eagerly greet each other as they make room for their family or friends. We stand to...Read More
Self-Supremacist or Christ-Supremacist?

Self-Supremacist or Christ-Supremacist?

Whose fault is it - The President, politician, reporter, social media, our culture, white people, African Americans?  Would things be different if we had a different president?  I'm appalled.  You're appalled.  We vent on Facebook about how sad it is and how ignorant people are.  We are saddened. Scared. Angry - and maybe a bit self-righteous? Look in the mirror....Read More