In my life, I’ve experienced a great deal of joy and happiness, but also deep sorrow and pain. It seems like I’ve had my fair share of hardship in life – maybe that seems true for you as well. In my thirty-seven and a half years, miscarriage, death of family members, near death of my … More He Provides
Have you ever tried to keep a baby quiet or get a little one to stop crying? It seems like a pretty impossible task. You may have observed a young mother trying to calm or distract her infant in church or at a restaurant. Sometimes it works but other times that baby is just going … More Life with Purpose
The doll was expensive. I’d spent the last hour on the American Girl doll website. Christmas was coming and I wanted our daughter to have a special gift. Shipping was free only today. Still, I couldn’t do it. 2012 was trying for us. With my husband sick and not working, we’d survived financially on the … More Many Good Gifts
We live in a world with lots of signs. There are directional signs, informational signs, and way-finding signs. Each day we depend on signs in the grocery store (looking for the soup aisle), driving down the street (the all important stop sign), and along the highway (watching for the correct exit sign). Yes, signs help … More A Sign Shall Be Given
Road trip or airplane? Slow cooker or microwave? Coffee shop or drive-thru? Live TV or DVR? Send a card in the mail or send a text? Mall shopping or Amazon? Our world has become fueled by fast and spurred by instant gratification. We are continually trying to figure out how to cut out unnecessary steps … More Ignore the Insignificant | Miss the Messiah
I love this time of year. Now that I’m in Alaska, Christmastime seems more complete because I get to enjoy a white Christmas :-). So, yeah, I know that’s not the best part of Christmas. It’s just icing on the cake. This year in preparation for Christmas, I love that we are reading select passages … More Encounter With an Angel
Have you ever watched the TV show, What Not To Wear? Two fashion stylists help revamp the look of individuals, nominated by their friends, who need some guidance and direction due to their poor choices in wardrobe and appearance. In the opening scene, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly watch the guest explain why various items … More What’s in Your Closet?
Have you ever run a marathon? I never have, and I have no desire to. Running 26.2 miles at one time has never been on my bucket list, so I was pretty surprised when my husband, Ian, told me he wanted to try to run one earlier this year. We decided we would do all … More Eyes on the Prize
A recent sermon really kicked my rear. Listening to it was a mix of good: a desire to do better, enthusiasm to propel me forward, conviction of sin. And bad: realizing I totally missed the boat on that one and…I’m not even sure I want to do better. The sermon pinpointed how I long for … More Live Different.
Last week I had this conversation with one child after they had received two packages of cartoon collector cards several days earlier. Child: “Mom, I really want more of those cards.” Mom: “Didn’t I just buy you some? You have a nice collection now. Besides, it isn’t Christmas or your birthday.” Child: “But I just … More The Secret to Contentment