But I Wanted Spaghetti Squash!

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalm 139:14 NLT I’ve written about my garden in the past. It’s a cathartic effort for me. Even between the grudging work of pulling weeds and tilling the soil, there is something to be said about putting your hands […]

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 […]

My Porch of Peace: Learning to Let Go

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven … a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,5) There are times when letting go is so hard. Nine years ago my husband and I decided to move to California. […]

When You Don’t Always Like What You See in the Mirror

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30 NIV I know sometimes you look in the mirror and don’t necessarily like what you see. My daughter wrote these words in my Mother’s Day card. A pang of shame and guilt rose in […]

When You’re Waiting to Bloom

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any god besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” – Isaiah 64:4 NIV It seems we’re always waiting. Waiting for better days or better opportunities. Waiting for tides to turn or time to pass. We […]

Lydia’s Lesson

“‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord’, she said, ‘come and stay at my house.” Acts 16:15  NIV   How’s your busy life going?   Do you struggle with what you do and what you want to do?   Do you, like me, feel that if you could just have “free time” you […]


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. – Philippians 2:3 NIV photo credit: HeyThereSpaceman. via photopin cc   The other day I was at the grocery store when I could hear a young child, a few aisles over, having a pretty serious tantrum.  The sounds of […]

When Lemons are Limes: A Lesson on Expectations

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21 NIV When we moved into our new home, I bought a lemon tree for our backyard patio.  I had picked out the best looking tree, bought the perfect pot, and the right kind of soil.   […]