5 Things a Daughter Should Know

I first wrote this post for my daughter who turned eighteen earlier this month. As she blew out the candles on her cake, I saw her standing on the threshold of her grown-up life. With the doors thrown open, I began to wonder (and worry) if I had done enough. Had I taught her and […]

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 […]

When You Have Forgotten Your Joy

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24 ESV Have you forgotten your joy? It’s easy to do as our days breathe in and out. Maybe you’ve got days that coast along on rolling tides of familiar drudgery, where each one looks like […]

Why Motherhood Means More Than Mothering

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Psalm 31:27-28 NLT Motherhood matters. It’s not an earth-shattering thought or even a terribly original one. Of course it matters. We look upon the faces of our children (no matter how […]

Getting Past “Why, God?”

“We know only a portion of the truth … But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.” – 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 MSG I’m so glad you’re here my friend, I’ve been waiting for you. All week, a place in my heart has ached for you. You know who you are. You’re the one […]

What Jesus Does With Your Faith

“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet …” – John 12:3a NIV I know what you’ve been doing. Day in and day out, you walk upon the narrow road – determined to pass through the small gate too few find (Matthew 7:14). Every morning […]

When Hard Times Linger

Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved? – Song of Songs 8:5 NIV It’s been a weary week. The kind where you’re spread thin with too little sleep and too much fear and worry. I wrote these words two weeks ago and here they are again. Sometimes we live with […]

Rejecting Grace: 3 Reasons Why We Do It and How To Stop

“We are presumptuous, not when we marvel at his grace, but when we reject it.” – Max Lucado, The Gospel of Second Chances Good morning friends! Are any of you, by chance, a grace rejector? My husband, who has far more tact than I ever will, would cringe at my question. “You can’t ask questions […]