Just Checking In

Just Checking In

Hi everyone! Just checking in! I realize that summer passed me by without celebrating some of my usual traditions. There was no pool time. A trip to see the Cincinnati Reds, cookouts, or a vacation made the list but I didn't get to check them off. I managed to enjoy...

Dear First Born Son

Dear First Born Son

Dear First Born Son~ Thirty years ago the glimmer of you became reality. My dreams of being a mom began to take shape and come to life. The cuddling of baby dolls was no longer a symbol of hopes to come, but now represented a gift of all that was to be. My dreams...

Dreaming Requires Patience

For years I have been described as patient and understanding. I wore this title proudly and repeated to others how patience was one of my attributes. I grew up dreaming of being a teacher and practiced my skills on the stuffed animals lined up before me. Sometimes I...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Open Wide

Sabbath Offerings ~ Open Wide

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love the warmer days and cool evenings. There is a moment when the temperature is just right. Then it's time to fling open wide all the windows in the house. It's a time for embracing not only the newness of the season, but a...

The Gift of Freedom

The Gift of Freedom

As citizens of the United States, we carry an incredible burden as well as a wonderful gift. FREEDOM We shout to all who will listen that we are the home of the free and the brave. Freedom reigns and beauty abounds. Come to America and all your dreams will come true....

Sabbath Offerings ~ Blessed Abundance

Sabbath Offerings ~ Blessed Abundance

One man's junk is another man's treasure! Fullness of gratitude creates blessed abundance. It is only with deep love that we live a life of abundance. Each phrase depicts abundant life. But which one describes you? Which one can you live out as you seek blessed...

Taking One More Step

Taking One More Step

Persevering, when one more step seems impossible, allows you to overcome insecurity and rely on God's stability. Boys will be boys. Running, jumping, playing hard and never giving up. Taking one more step is a huge part of their vocabulary because quitting is not an...

Sabbath Offerings ~ The Middle

Sabbath Offerings ~ The Middle

We find ourselves in the middle when nothing is as it seems but everything is how it should be. If life looks like a blank canvas and clarity is lost, we are in the middle. When we seek to know what's next and the answers do not come, life is in the middle. [Tweet "We...

How Big is Your Comfort Zone?

How Big is Your Comfort Zone?

Stepping out of your comfort zone leads you straight into the arms of Jesus. One of my proud parenting moments began like this, "How big is ______ "? (fill in name of child)  Response: "So big"! says the child with arms outstretched wide. Over and over the child...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Garden

Sabbath Offerings ~ Garden

"Meet me in the garden", said the Voice. Anticipation filled the air while lack of motivation seemed to overtake any forward progress. Time passed and little movement occurred toward getting ready. The Voice again whispered, "I am in the garden. Where are you"?...

Get Your House in Order – Perseverance Series Part 8

Get Your House in Order – Perseverance Series Part 8

It is hard to believe we wrapped up eight weeks on perseverance. Our journey these last eight weeks has flown by. But not without a time of learning more about what it means to persevere in and through our lives. Today Debbie Kitterman shares a convicting story on how...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Future

Sabbath Offerings ~ Future

I fought God on this one. What do I know about the future? I sat quietly and wished for a different word to write about. Nothing but blank thoughts crossed my mind. Instead the word "future" looped on repeat. As I gather my thoughts to share, I know without hesitation...

From Pain to Freedom ~ Perseverance Part 7

From Pain to Freedom ~ Perseverance Part 7

My friends and I are gathering together for Part 7 of our Perseverance series. We have walked through our stories of purpose, change, overcoming fear, rejection, persevering when prayers remain unanswered and more. Today Patricia Krank shares her journey of...

When Brave Faith Met Me in the Mountains

When Brave Faith Met Me in the Mountains

I DID IT!!! One cloudy day with rain sprinkling onto my bright pink hat, I did it. A mile and a half hike in the Smoky Mountains taught me that brave faith is only one more step away. It is reaching a goal when you believe you can't possibly conquer it by yourself....

Turn and Face the Changes ~ Perseverance Part 6

Turn and Face the Changes ~ Perseverance Part 6

Have you had the feeling that you are part of something and yet you are learning and growing more than you imagined? This series on perseverance with my friends Holly, Debbie and Patti has been a huge learning curve for me. Knowing that perseverance looks different...

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I am a retired elementary school teacher and the mom of two grown sons.
I’m also a woman seeking God in the ordinary routines of life.
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