The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Several years ago a relative of mine received an interesting phone call.  It seems that when her father passed away some 30 years before, that He had ownership of a couple of pieces of land out in Texas.  Untouched ground, just sitting there.  A big 'ol company wanted to test the soil and see if… Continue reading The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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When we Obey, God Will Make a Way

Several years ago, I felt a strong calling to love on single mothers that were in our community. In my search to find out what single mothers needed and desired, I came across a woman in Michigan who had been doing life with single moms for years, helping to meet their needs, keeping them engaged… Continue reading When we Obey, God Will Make a Way

Making Intentional Changes to Our Human Tendencies

Have you ever been on a vacation and had trouble relaxing?  Women especially seem to struggle with this.  Our minds are planning what our family will eat every meal, what time we should start getting the children ready to go have some fun and how to keep the sink from piling up with dirty dishes… Continue reading Making Intentional Changes to Our Human Tendencies

Becoming the Boss of Busyness

What if busyness was an actual muscle in our bodies? Like a bicep that thrives with weight resistant curls. Or the heart that strengthens with consistent cardio activity. What if the need to be busy strengthened and grew each time we flexed this muscle? If busyness were a muscle we would have to work it… Continue reading Becoming the Boss of Busyness

Resting Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Driving home the other day from work, I could hardly keep my eyes open. The week was coming to an end and the days of an alarm clock buzzing in the dark were catching up with me. I contemplated whether I would come in and make myself a tall iced coffee...or stretch out across my… Continue reading Resting Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

There is no greater fear than when it seems all hope is lost. Have you ever felt this way? Hopeless? John Maxwell has an acronym for hope... "Holding On, Praying Expectantly" When we are holding on to hope, we are waiting...and waiting...and waiting... That holding on part can be tough. I picture myself standing in… Continue reading Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

As we sat in the snow covered cemetery under a big flapping tent in folding metal chairs, I watched as her hand gingerly reach over to brace herself on the nearby headstone.  She used it as leverage to push herself up out of her chair, into the cold wind, and stand to speak. My mom.… Continue reading Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

Bumper Cars and Closed Doors

Real Talk About the Beating We Can Take When We're Trying to Find Direction   We've all been there. Decisions need to be made.  Clarity is elusive.  Discernment is on vacation. What school should I send my kids too?  Where should I work?  Should I work at all?  Should I start that business?  Should I… Continue reading Bumper Cars and Closed Doors