Where Do You Seek Refuge?

Where Do You Seek Refuge?

When I was growing up, my cousins and I loved to camp next to the creek that ran through my grandparents' property. We'd haul our sleeping bags through the cornfield, over the barbed wire fence, and across the pasture to set up camp. We’d make a fire, roast...

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Are You Seeing The Darkness or the Light?

Are You Seeing The Darkness or the Light?

When I was seven years old, I had a nightmare there was a snake in my bed. I rushed into the living room where my parents had been watching TV. My dad took a flashlight into my bedroom, pulled back the covers, and shined his light to prove the snake was not there. It...

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How Do You Maintain Promises in Your Marriage?

How Do You Maintain Promises in Your Marriage?

After a busy week, I like to relax by watching a favorite movie. One of those is Shall We Dance, an older movie starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. It’s about a married man who is blessed in many ways but longs for happiness in the routine and drudgery of his...

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Are You Finding Balance in Your Life?

Are You Finding Balance in Your Life?

My grandparents owned a dairy farm. When my siblings and I were younger, we’d play in the barn with our large extended family. My cousin, who was a year older and my closest friend at the time, used to convince me to follow her across the barn beams suspended above...

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Are You Walking or Running to God?

Are You Walking or Running to God?

The other day, I watched a short video of a little girl running down the hallway at her early learning center to meet her father at the other end. The joy on her face could be seen even though she was far from the camera. She toddled on her chubby little legs, and one...

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Are You Willing to Grow Little by Little?

Are You Willing to Grow Little by Little?

After brewing my tea and fixing my morning oatmeal, I sat in my comfy leather chair to embrace my quiet time. As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, July was a tough month for our family. In my state of grief, some of my daily practices had fallen to the wayside,...

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Are Weeds Choking Out Your Joy?

Are Weeds Choking Out Your Joy?

My husband is on vacation this week. Instead of chilling on a sandy beach and listening to the waves crash against the shore, we have chosen to do a staycation. We’re finishing up projects around the house that have taken a back seat due to the busyness in our daily...

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What Does it Mean to Hold Hands with God?

What Does it Mean to Hold Hands with God?

When I was a young mom, one of my greatest fears was losing one of our boys. At times, I allowed those fears to smother my faith and twist my thinking. Even after praying for God’s protection over my boys, I still struggled with letting go and trusting God. That...

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