When hard things happen, there are many ways to cope. One of the most predominant reactions is...well...not to. We can either get so busy we don't leave room in our brain to spend time processing our experience, or, we make ourselves busy...so we don't have to spend time processing our experience. Amid stay-at-home orders and… Continue reading To the One Who Did Some Soul Searching While Quarantined
There's this town of Walnut Grove in Little House on the Prairie, where they cooked their food every. single. day. (Can you relate?) and made a big deal out of having guests over by dressing up and breaking out the good dishes. Families greeted their company as they came down the driveway, giddy with anticipation,… Continue reading When You Don’t Like the Season You’re In
What's so Good About Good Friday? Even as the tension rises from my shoulders, into my neck, finally landing in my head, I am distracted by what is coming. Worry and anxiety are far from me, but my body will still respond to what's happening in my heart. Some things just can't be avoided. For… Continue reading What’s So Good About Good Friday?
I'm hopeful. I'm confident in my future. I'm honestly not afraid. For myself. Most of my social media "friends" share common values with me. That's just how it goes, right? While there are a handful of peeps that I disagree with politically or others who use the flowery language I stopped using years ago, like… Continue reading What Are You Afraid Of?
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on… Continue reading It Will Pass
After a four hour drive, getting settled into our hotel room and locating a restaurant within walking distance, my friend and I finally settled into a booth to get some dinner. We had been gifted tickets to see a popular Christian speaker and spend the night in a nice hotel before our day of soaking… Continue reading When One Act of Kindness Ripples Out of Sight
We don't realize how powerful our thoughts can be until we've been set down for a season. Physically, we may feel like we are being held against our will, but our minds are still rockin' and rollin' and boy can they cause a stir when they're all we seem to have left. My husband was… Continue reading When God Sets You Down
If these boat fenders could talk. They've traveled through oceans, rivers, and lakes and kept both large and small vessels from becoming damaged or wrecked. Their outward appearance tells that story with scrapes, dents and faded colors. But, they have managed to keep their shape. Fashioned with sustainable form, designed to take the brunt...to absorb… Continue reading Standing in the Gap
Does your mind ever fill so jumbled with all the thoughts that trying to make sense of them seems too big a task? You're not alone. Scientists say the average brain processes between 2500 and 3500 thoughts an hour. That's 50 thoughts per minute or nearly 48,000 thoughts on any given day. That's a lot… Continue reading Restoring Rest to Our Racing Minds
“But that isn't right. The King of Beasts shouldn't be a coward,'" said the Scarecrow. 'I know it,' returned the Lion, wiping a tear from his eye with the tip of his tail. 'It is my great sorrow, and makes my life very unhappy. But whenever there is danger, my heart begins to beat fast.'… Continue reading Living a Life of Courageous Faith