Come Walk With Me!

Come Walk With Me!

It's time for a heart check. A handing over of the mess that winter left to make room for all spring is bringing. It looks like breathing deeply to soak in the promises of God and the beauty that accompanies the deep inhale. It is time to let go and embrace the...

Blessings in the Ordinary and Hope in the Hard

On a Wednesday, several months ago, news came my way that pulled me away from my ordinary life as I took a deep dive into the hard. The actual situation is not as important as how I received the news, supported the person, and looked for guidance for myself. Life did...

Monthly Musings ~ April 2018

Monthly Musings ~ April 2018

April was nothing like I expected and better than I imagined. Winter did not want to leave even though I begged and begged. The month dragged on with no end in sight until one morning it didn't. The spring green that I longed for appeared out of nowhere and the...

Identity: Who Do You Say You Are?

Identity: Who Do You Say You Are?

Who do you say you are in a world that shouts "reach for the stars, more is better and think of yourself first"? Jesus asked a similar question of His disciples to teach them they are always secure in what the Father says about them. Who do people say I am? This...

Holy Habits ~ A Guest Post

Holy Habits ~ A Guest Post

Growing up, one of the first things I did each morning, after I rolled out of bed, was neatly tuck the sheets and comforter back into their original spot. It was one of the first chores I remember doing and it quickly became a habit. Fast forward to now and you will...

Identity: God Redefines and Repurposes

Identity: God Redefines and Repurposes

For years, I knew exactly who I was. I claimed sister, daughter, teacher and mom as my identity and the security these names gave me lasted until recently. I understand we travel through different seasons of life. But four or so years ago, things changed at such a...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Blessed Assurance

Sabbath Offerings ~ Blessed Assurance

A week ago as I was journaling, the words blessed assurance found their way onto the page. I must admit that those weren't the first words that spilled out. Words like "broken heart, bleeding out and brokenness" came first. God is so good not to leave us hanging onto...

Surrender and Dig Deeper

Surrender and Dig Deeper

I struggle with that surefire faith that stops doubt in its tracks. My first response is to turn to myself for the answers. What follows is never very pretty because weakness and brokenness are not a good combination for finding the truth. I'm blessed to live in...

Monthly Musings ~ March 2018

Monthly Musings ~ March 2018

Oh, March! I hear your roar. I see how you cling to winter like a long lost friend. But hope is coming. I see it in the buds ready to burst open in joy. The dull green landscape is brightening and the winter browns are turning golden. As you make your exit, your last...

Sabbath Offerings ~ The Security Blanket

Sabbath Offerings ~ The Security Blanket

He rubbed the silky edge, thumb moving back and forth, and curled up in bed. The white blanket, printed with primary colors, eventually took its spot next to his head as he fell asleep. Toddlers are creatures of habit and the security blanket became part of the...

A Pull Heavenward ~ A Book Review

A Pull Heavenward ~ A Book Review

The all encompassing description of home as a safe place, the haven for family, a place where we are always welcome or where we establish roots, speaks of an earthly home. It reminds me of the answer one of my students gave me when we studied "homes" in Social...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Release in the Waiting

Sabbath Offerings ~ Release in the Waiting

I stood on the sidelines of the asphalt court, baked by the hot summer sun. The volley of balls back and forth across the net mesmerized me. I ran to collect scattered balls and threw them back to my mom when she signaled for one. The release of the ball at the right...

Remnants

Remnants

Pieces of felt, scraps of material, and yarn filled a plastic bin to the point the lid barely fit. Remnants of years of teaching peeked out the sides as I worked to declutter a year ago. A teacher saves everything knowing that someday each and every scrap will be put...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Paul and Timothy

Sabbath Offerings ~ Paul and Timothy

Have you ever stopped to think who you identify with more? Do you feel more like a son or daughter, brother or sister or father or mother? Does your life reflect one of someone seeking or found? What about Paul and Timothy- who do you relate to more? I am in the...

The Teal Door

The Teal Door

Teal is my new favorite color. Teal furniture and decorations highlight this color throughout my house. The color makes me happy. When I began this year and God placed the word surrender on my heart as my one word for the year, He also showed me pictures of teal doors...

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