Category: Faith

New Year’s Resolution, Bucket Lists, And The Book of John

New Year’s Resolution, Bucket Lists, And The Book of John

Recently, while reading through the book of John, I was impacted by some sobering reminders. Conviction's arrow pierced my heart as I saw that my way of viewing life often becomes more conformed to this world than to having the mind of Christ. In Chapter 5, I was reminded that Jesus did not come to seek his own will but the will of his Father. He had no agenda.  No bucket list.  He didn't come to  follow his dreams or set personal goals. How easy it is to become drawn in...Read More
6 Truths to Remember When You Feel Like You Don’t Fit In

6 Truths to Remember When You Feel Like You Don’t Fit In

As long as I can remember, years before social media gave us the ability to see into others' lives, I have felt as though I was on the outside looking in--never quite fitting in with those around me. There have even been times when I've felt this way around my own husband and children, not because they've done anything to make me feel "less", but because it was the truth I learned to believe about myself before they were ever my family. As I have lived life with my beautiful,...Read More
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 29 years, the good ones and the not so good ones,  are laid out before the eyes of a complete stranger. It's humbling. Overwhelming. Sobering. There are certain settings in...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 to consume you. Peer out the window and witness the color. Oh! The colors! They're beautiful! Refreshing! Life drifts into the room. Freedom. Diversity. Lots and lots of color!  Acceptance....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 trials of various kinds, because we know..." What do we know? What does James tell us? "We know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance..." I can choose joy...Read More