In the Middle of Winter- Guest Post

In the Middle of Winter- Guest Post

Once a month, on the third Tuesday, you can stop here and gain some wisdom from a featured writer. Today, I am welcoming Joanne Viola to share her story. The beautiful part of this process is the chance you all have to get to know the featured writer on a deeper level...

Standing Where You Hoped You Would Stand

Standing Where You Hoped You Would Stand

I was always one step away. Standing nearby but never quite fitting in. Second choice with a desire for the top spot. Looking from the outside in and wondering when the door would open for me. This was my perspective, especially in my high school years. Someone else...

The One Word That Almost Wasn’t!

The One Word That Almost Wasn’t!

Are you part of the thousands of people that choose a word for the year? What does the process look like as you choose your one word? How do you know the word you come across is THE word for you? This year as in many years in the past I began to take a look back while...

Peaceful Beginnings

Peaceful Beginnings

Promises abound. Hope fills my heart with a renewed sense of purpose. An expectant outlook marks the first few days of the new year. I embrace peaceful beginnings as I slide into the new year knowing chaos may steal the calm at any given moment. Peace transcends all...

The Arrival

The Arrival

In that one moment, I understood the joy of a plane landing, wheels down, touching the sacred earth. I had arrived! The bright lights shouted welcome against the inky blackness of the sky. My mind flashed to multiple movie scenes as we walked through the matchbox size...

Prayer Expectations

Prayer Expectations

Kneeling beside my bed, I folded my hands and carefully recited my nightly prayers.  Now I lay me down to sleep,I pray the Lord my soul to keep,If I should die before I 'wake,I pray the Lord my soul to take. Some nights my mom and/or dad knelt beside me and with...

Longing for Joy

Longing for Joy

Third Sunday of Advent On this third Sunday of Advent, I invited my son, Daniel, to write his thoughts to share with all of you.  I love how he describes the subtle shift from waiting and wilderness times into a space for rejoicing. It is one that I never really...

The Day Humility was Born

The Day Humility was Born

The wide open landscape stretched for miles—lit only by the few stars dotting the night sky. On the horizon, the silhouette of two people and a donkey provided a backdrop against the darkness. Silence echoed against silence until the whispers of bleating sheep added...

The Weary World Awaits

The Weary World Awaits

The song fills the church as silence bookends the moment. The lone voice rings out crystal clear as the lyrics stir the hearts of those present. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel The plaintive minor key weaves through the lyrics as the song continues...

The Journey to Surrender

The Journey to Surrender

My hands gripped the arms of the chair so tightly that I feared my fingers would find themselves permanently stuck in that position. I tried Lamaze breathing to calm down my beating heart that I was sure was loud enough for all to hear. Prayers lifted in rapid...

Waiting in the Wilderness

Waiting in the Wilderness

  Many times we only think of Advent as a time of preparation for the arrival of Jesus. We block off the four weeks before Christmas and dig into an Advent devotional or book, while hustling to get ready for the holidays. We justify the time spent reading a...

Monthly Musings ~ November 2018

Monthly Musings ~ November 2018

  If you asked me at the beginning of the month what the next four weeks would look like, I'm not sure I could accurately predict. From a week at the beach with friends, to Thanksgiving with family, and all the in-between, November flew by. The day after...

The Waiting Space ~ Advent 2018

The Waiting Space ~ Advent 2018

It's the same every year. December descends and the chaos begins. More and more we face the busyness earlier each year. We desire to embrace every part of the season, but find ourselves overwhelmed and exhausted even before it begins. For many years, I lost myself in...

Life Around the Table

Life Around the Table

Family dinners are my favorite. Sometimes it looks like a handful of people and other times the numbers grow to twenty or more. The overflow of people make themselves at home wherever there is a seat. The gathering of family highlights a connectedness that God blesses...

My Caregiving Journey ~ A Guest Post

My Caregiving Journey ~ A Guest Post

I love meeting new people and have the blessing of doing it online as well as in real life. I'm not sure of the exact timing, but I began to see encouraging posts about hope in my Instagram feed and knew I wanted to get to know the creator more. Enter Karen Sebastian...

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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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