Come As You Are

Come As You Are

Tomorrow we begin the walk to the cross. Each intentional step we take is our chance to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. The invitation is always there signaling us to "come as you are." The choice is up to us. I can't help but embrace these next forty days as my own...

Monthly Musings ~ February 2019

Monthly Musings ~ February 2019

The shortest month has a way of feeling like the longest. The twenty-eight days of February have a way of wrapping their beginnings and endings around me. The long and the short are just that- long and short, but have you thought about the possibiities each day might...

The Call to Lay Your Isaac Down

The Call to Lay Your Isaac Down

There are times when you connect with another writer and in the process discover all the things you have in common. Linda Stoll is one of those people. Even though our friendship spans across internet miles, we find how God continues to lead us on similar paths. It is...

Mountaintop Vistas or Valley Floors

Mountaintop Vistas or Valley Floors

You answer our prayers with amazing wonders    and with awe-inspiring displays of power.    You are the righteous God who helps us like a father.    Everyone everywhere looks to...

The Road to Becoming

The Road to Becoming

I wonder if the road to becoming is paved with patience and grace. Are baby steps allowed and even wrong turns? When you walk with a friend on this road, do you let them set the pace or do you pull them along based on what you think is best? Each question above is one...

Monthly Musings ~ January 2019

Monthly Musings ~ January 2019

We are just shy of the end of the first month of 2019. The fresh, squeaky-clean feeling that marks the beginning of a new year is becoming a little stale. The dreams and goals that were written in our best handwriting as of January 1 may look a little ragged as we...

Songs of Hope

Songs of Hope

Life twists and turns and sometimes, when we are lucky, follows a straight path with little deviation. My son, Nicholas, knows about this journey called life. A year ago, he faced some unexpected and difficult news. But he didn't let things end there. I watched,...

All For HIS Glory??

All For HIS Glory??

In the year 2012, I began a journey of writing. A few words here and there and frightened hesitancy each time I was ready to hit publish. This was the path I walked before sending each post into the world. Writing for His glory was my focus and my heart for the "why"...

Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation

It was Monday night. The temperature was slowly bottoming out and there was anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow on the ground. The coffee shop was well lit and welcoming. Sweet coffee aromas wafted among the group of women who were gathering. Tables were pushed...

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...

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