Do you ever feel like you know the Christmas story backwards and forwards, and while it’s wonderful, it’s so incredibly familiar? Want a fresh perspective? If you’re one who enjoys being in control (let me just raise my hand here), this one’s for you. Recently, God used the age-old story of the nativity to give me … Read More about You Don’t Need to “Play God”: Reminders from the Christmas Story
Has your Thanksgiving become stale? What? Stale? With all that good food? It’s not primarily the event or even the food I’m talking about but more the thought of being thankful. It sounds so ho-hum, so repetitive, and lacking in inspiration. We tend to think of Thanksgiving as a family reunion, a time to celebrate, … Read More about How to Transform Your Thanksgiving This Year With Outrageous Gratitude
This week I’m blogging over at Club31Women about the things our kids really need from us. Here’s an excerpt. Today there are so many voices telling us what our kids need. Or telling us that if we want to be “good parents,” we have to provide _________. From opportunities to extracurricular activities, to the latest … Read More about 4 FREE Things Your Kids Need Most From You
When we can’t see through the black of night, God brings us hope on dark days. We can rest in Him as we wait, knowing His love is unfailing. “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11 I was absolutely miserable. For several weeks my … Read More about Finding Hope in the Dark: Remember These 3 Things
This week I’m blogging over at Root & Vine News about what nature teaches us about our God. Here’s an excerpt: There’s a fury in nature. Raw terror in hurricanes, tsunamis, fires, tornados. Through nature we witness God’s terrifying power. He is not a placid God. He is God Almighty who can move a mountain, … Read More about What Nature Reveals About Our Majestic, Omnipotent God
Over the years I’ve found it so easy to get in the spirit of feeling resentful toward my husband. Do you know what I mean? When I had little kids, it usually came out when I met him at the front door as he came home from work. I’d have on my “spit-up-on” shirt, look … Read More about Is Resentment or Bitterness Building in Your Marriage? Here’s Help.
The last car pulled out a few hours ago. John and I are beyond exhaustion. We can hardly speak a complete sentence; muscles we didn’t know we had ache. Our brains seem to have quit functioning. We are totally unmotivated and can only sit in a stupor on the patio, eyes glazed over. BUT our … Read More about Teenagers Rule at Family Camp: Messy, Crazy, and Oh So Sweet!
Recently my friend Melody and I completed our 6th big hike. This year we were hiking along the Hoh River Trail in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. It was beautiful and hard, very hard. We hiked nearly 40 miles in 4 days. Two of the days we were carrying backpacks of about 30 pounds … Read More about My 6th Big Hike: Seeing God’s Glory in the Rainforest