5 Truths To Strengthen A Marriage

Weddings are great. Marriages can be, too. Before I go on, let me say in full disclosure—I failed in marriage in the past. It was brief. I was young. God was not a part of it. We, were not part of it. It was rushed and shallow. I made mistakes. I learned much. Today, I […]

The Truth of How Jesus Paints Our Life

“Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” – Psalm 51:7 Over the summer, my daughter’s bedroom got a mini-makeover. We bought some new furniture and lighting. I painted the walls and built hooks out of reclaimed wood (yay DIY!). We also installed one of those super closet organizers that magically quadruples small spaces. […]

When You’re Rushed…Don’t!

“Saul waited seven days but Samuel did not come.” 1 Samuel 13:8 It seems like decision-making has befallen my household. Not the little decisions that make up day-to-day stuff, but the big ones. Things to do with say… jobs, and homes, and moving, and money, and uhhhh…the list seems too big! It seems to be […]

Words Are Your Wardrobe

“Trees are swayed by winds, men by words.” – Joan Aiken, The Last Slice of Rainbow and Other Stories We sat across each other in the almost-empty coffee shop. In quiet voices, we shared stories of our childhood. Not the happy parts like Sundays at the lake, or eating peach upside-down cake, or of freedom […]

Bible Reading: It’s Not For Everyone (and it’s ok)

“‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22:36-37  NIV It’s been almost 20 years since I gave my heart to Jesus. The day I did, I was a working girl. The […]

The Joy (and Power) of Knowing You’re Not Alone

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” –  C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves I spotted the young boy across the produce section. He stood next a shopping cart, with his three sisters, as dad studied a grocery list. The boy moved […]

Burdens and Worries: 4 Ways to Leave Them Behind

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1Peter 5:1 No matter the delivery—you know it when you get it. Whether by phone call, or snail mail, or email—you just know when the news hits it signals a coming storm. Out of nowhere, in an instant, clouds of angst take over a […]

What I Learned in August

Do not be satisfied with God’s calling or His gifts in your life. Be satisfied with Jesus Christ Himself. -Brother Yun, The Heavenly Man Did you know the word August comes from the Latin word Augustus, meaning “consecrated” or set apart? It seems an unlikely word for a month stuck in the haze and laziness of […]