What God Wants From Us

I’ve little interest in Christmas. I’m excited about Christ. If it were up to me, we wouldn’t have a tree. But I love the man who carries this stuff up. Meticulously picking each piece out. Humming and singing as he goes. Gathering and printing addresses. Stamping and mailing cheer wishes. Though not about presents and … Continue reading What God Wants From Us

An Introverts Search For Courage In An Extroverted World

For as long as I can remember fear has been the driving force of my existence. I wasn’t comfortable leaving mom’s side. And even at her side, fear stayed close by. Various quotes crossed my path this past year aimed at abolishing fear. But I’ve never known fear to stop for a smart phrase. The … Continue reading An Introverts Search For Courage In An Extroverted World

The Bitter & Sweet of Grief

First the bitter. I’ve never lost a loved one, before today. Sunken eyes, dragging form cause me to fear this will be the last moments all four of us will be together. Once we cover recent therapies and medical realities, we hear his hoarse voice faintly say, “I’m reading Job. In chapter 5 today.” Glancing … Continue reading The Bitter & Sweet of Grief

Matters of Life & Death: How Do You Know You Love God?

Bright blue sky peeks between pearl white clouds—but more showers are on the way. No breaks in the forecast for days. Windows snap shut. Everything feels heavy and wet. But the trees breathe a sigh of relief.  Summer scorched the earth this year. Crops were cut and stored ahead of schedule. I fear the leaves … Continue reading Matters of Life & Death: How Do You Know You Love God?

There’s More To Us Than Our Worst Moments

"Movement is life." He said it like it was gospel. I guess if you’re needing a chiropractor, it's what you want to hear. Still, his comment hung hollow in the air. "Listen to your body. It tells you what it needs." Those were the words that touched a nerve. All day I'd been questioning what … Continue reading There’s More To Us Than Our Worst Moments

The Secret To Getting What You Want (It’s Not Anything Like I Thought)

I wanted to move. In the last 5 years I must have told my hubs a hundred times, "This looks like a beautiful place to live!" (Skirting around the subject is my strong suit.) I'm living on the same road I grew up on. I say that like it's the worst. Like I'm 14, moaning … Continue reading The Secret To Getting What You Want (It’s Not Anything Like I Thought)

Rejoice and Weep With Others: What You Do When You Don’t Have A Clue

We drove to their house like it was on fire. And it was. Up in flames after 26 years of enjoying his face. Held her in my arms tight as I could. That mama who just got the news. Her curly-headed boy went to sleep in Jesus. Her head sobbing against my chest. "It's gonna … Continue reading Rejoice and Weep With Others: What You Do When You Don’t Have A Clue

Early Will I Seek You: A Rich Breakfast For Your Soul

A sweet, soft voice comes from the kitchen echoing up the stairs. My grandson is here. They traveled all day yesterday so he could stay. And we'll delight in the sound of him three whole days. We've enjoyed him before but never by his six-year-old self. Bravely admitting his nervousness, we surround him with familiarness. "Remember when…" … Continue reading Early Will I Seek You: A Rich Breakfast For Your Soul

God’s Unwavering Regard For Women

Women have to ask for what they deserve. Is it fair? No...it's just a fact. Achsah grew up learning her worth. She was the daughter of Caleb, a just man who feared the Lord and fiercely followed God’s commands. Caleb arranged for her to marry the one man who would capture Kiriath-Sepher—an entire city set to … Continue reading God’s Unwavering Regard For Women

Love’s Not Compulsion: Love Is Conversion

We volunteered our marital expertise for a marriage preparation class and fought before every meeting. Tried talking couples out of the clouds. But it couldn’t be done—because there’s something overpowering about becoming one. “The mystery which has been hidden for ages and from all generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them … Continue reading Love’s Not Compulsion: Love Is Conversion

We Walk By Faith: Experiencing God as we bravely and boldly surrender to Him

I’m totally distracted in church. Levi (who recently learned to walk) is out of his seat. Attempting to hold his attention and keep him from storming the stage, his Mother breaks the seal of a small shiny bag. It’s crackers. I’m jealous. I’m hungry. But not for food. I hunger to experience the world through … Continue reading We Walk By Faith: Experiencing God as we bravely and boldly surrender to Him