Home ~ You are Always Welcome Here

Home ~ You are Always Welcome Here

Have you ever visited someone and walked into the house feeling an immediate sense of welcome? The words "you are always welcome here" seemed to float toward you as the door opened. You wandered over to the couch with the thought of curling up under the fuzzy throw...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Reimagining Home

Sabbath Offerings ~ Reimagining Home

When I was nine, I remember watching our new house surface from a plot of land. My brothers, especially Matt, loved the trucks, diggers, front loaders and whatever else was used to create a home from scratch. From one deep hole in the ground came this beautiful two...

Becoming Enough

Becoming Enough

 "Enough" came the whisper on the wind.   As quickly as the word came, I batted it away as you would an annoying fly on a hot summer's day.  My mind processed the word "enough" so quickly and spit it back out, I imagine that even God was surprised.  God is not...

Sabbath Offerings ~ The Real You

Sabbath Offerings ~ The Real You

It starts with an "I'm fine". A small smile that doesn't reach your eyes is next. A quick change in conversation to deflect the attention away from yourself follows. Each small act takes you one step closer to burying the real you. For too many years, if I'm honest, I...

How Roly Polys Test Your Faith~A Book Review

How Roly Polys Test Your Faith~A Book Review

My previous home collected roly polys like they were going out of style. Certain corners of the basement housed families of these bugs. As hard as they tried, they did not endear themselves to me. The word nuisance comes to my mind as I remember how I swept them away...

The Road to Yes

The Road to Yes

You know about the road less travelled or the one that leads you home. Perhaps, you search for the road to success, but instead find the fork in the road. You stumble as to which direction to turn and end up looking in the wrong direction. You desire the high road,...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Beloved

Sabbath Offerings ~ Beloved

Every other summer for most of my adult life, I packed the car until the seams burst with beach paraphernalia. I dreamed about this beloved vacation as summer approached each year. There were times this included beach toys and all things boys treasured. Each trip...

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...

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