Let go…of high expectations at work?

Let go. Sure enough, as soon as I settle on my One Word for 2018, God decides it's a good time to test me on the art of letting go. I subscribe to the Skinning Artist blog, and last weekend the title of Drew's email was, "Sometimes it's okay to let go..." Ugh. When did He... Continue Reading →


One Word 2018: Let Go

In past years I have had my one little word for the new year come to me by December. Not this year. This year has been a little more labor intensive to find it. I had a handful of words picked out but not one seemed right. Then I saw the Bible verse of Philippians... Continue Reading →

One Word Christmas: Light

I usually pick one word for the New Year, but lately I have been feeling I need a word for the Christmas season too. Basically, it is because of that over-whelming feeling I get every season. You know that feeling. The one that we feel we have to do it all this year. We have... Continue Reading →

Forgotten Christmas [video]

Celebrate Christmas, but never forget why we celebrate Christmas. This video is brought to you by Gospel for Asia. Learn more about Forgotten Christmas here.

Let us give thanks…everyday

Back in 2010 a book came out called "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. Maybe you read it too? It was a life changing book, and I don't say that lightly. “I want to see beauty. In the ugly, in the sink, in the suffering, in the daily, in all the days before I die,... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Transformation at Any Age

I've been thinking a lot about transformation lately. Sometimes we can forget who we are, who we once were, or who we wanted to be once upon a time. I think that can happen to anyone but it especially true with mothers. I have been mothering for 15 years now and for all those years... Continue Reading →

Planning Christmas gifts that are meaningful

Millions of families in Asia are entrenched in poverty, barely scraping by. And here we are, in America, blessed as living in the greatest nation in modern history, with the most advantages and freedom of any country...what will we do with our blessings? "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and... Continue Reading →

Happiness in life is more about who than what

Happiness in life is an elusive thing. I can be happy at an event or moment in life, but to sustain that happiness beyond the moment or event is a little harder to do. For most people, happiness is difficult to achieve continuously throughout life. Life is like a rollercoaster, with extreme happiness ups and gut-wrenching... Continue Reading →

Weekend Wandering: Art in An Uncommon Way

"Do common things in an uncommon way and you will command the attention of the world." ~Unknown This is a painting along a bike path near my home. This artwork leads one on the trail through a tunnel running under a major highway. The City of Westminster commissioned artist to create beautiful artwork in unexpected... Continue Reading →

Those Left Behind After Suicide

When  I was 19, a friend killed himself. That day we had a fight. A silly, stupid teenager fight. It meant nothing. In fact, we probably would have been at a party later that weekend laughing about it, hugging it out...instead he killed himself. There was no tomorrow. I use the words "killed himself" rather... Continue Reading →

Weekend Wandering: My Mountain Fix

There is something very spiritual and healing about being in the mountains. It's the quiet. The exploring God's creation. The smell of the air. "To enjoy nature, is to enjoy God, they are one in the same." -Unknown Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending the day exploring Mt. Evans with a friend and... Continue Reading →

Show kindness even if you’re not feeling it

I always wonder why God loves this planet of humans. Just turn on the TV, hop on the Internet (or drive in rush hour traffic) and you'll see plenty of examples of humans behaving badly, being cruel, inconsiderate, unkind, hateful...not even remotely compassionate. We hear of humans doing compassionate things, say when there is a... Continue Reading →

Weekend Wandering: Feeding Your Creativity

When I was in art school there was this notion about being a starving artist. That to be a "true artist" you have to be broke to create. If you're not struggling, you're not creative. Getting a "real" day job is being a sell-out to your art. Well, since I don't really like eating Ramen... Continue Reading →

What it’s like to live with an anxiety monster

Like most moms, my day usually start chaotic, but it's how it always is.  Wake up, get dressed, wake the kids, make lunches while stepping over the dog (14 times) who is laying on the kitchen floor, drink coffee while making sure kids are dressed, try to get them to eat breakfast with no luck,... Continue Reading →

Weekend Wandering: Finding the Fruit

Sometimes I am wandering around the blog world and happen upon a writer that just has a way with words. A blogger that says exactly what my heart is feeling at that moment. A blogger who strings words together in a poetic fashion it makes me a bit envious. Like, Fione Lynne. "I'm learning to... Continue Reading →

Where did I go wrong (or They will go their own way, part 2)

When our kids mess up, as mothers it's easy to turn the blame on ourselves. Isn't it? We ask, "Where did I go wrong?" What did I do wrong as a parent? Didn't I teach them right from wrong? What could I have done differently? It's interesting to me that when a teen gets in... Continue Reading →

They will go their own way

Let's just be honest here. We all are freaked out about raising kids. All moms fear messing up our kids big time. Like, they will need therapy big. When my kids were younger, parenting felt tough, but manageable. Daughter has temper-tantrums? There's a book, a blog post, or at least advise from a friend to... Continue Reading →

Where do you turn to in time of pain?

We all experience pain in life. Pain comes in many forms. Physical or mental, it's all pain. This is the story of one woman who turned to Christ after many years of pain...and gained everything. Madira was desperate. This pain which had tortured her for years was only getting worse. Initially, she had sought professional... Continue Reading →

Discovering who we are…it’s a continuing story that matters

We all have spiritual gifts. I grew up in a small town in Missouri. As the John Mellencamp song goes, "Educated in a small town; Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town..." Fearing Jesus? Yes, the church I attended, the same Religion my mother, and her mother, and her mother's mother all attended,... Continue Reading →

To all the Mean Moms out there…Happy Mother’s Day!

There are two things that are guaranteed when you become a mother... you will catch your child's puke in your hands; and you will be called a Mean Mom by one, or all your children It will happen once, twice, or even more times than you can count. And if you have more than one... Continue Reading →

Don’t be Alarmed

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone... Continue Reading →

Sermon Notes Sunday: Lies in our Head

Speaking of Satan..."...He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44 "The battle for your soul is in your mind." Pastor Kyle Satan will use... Continue Reading →

Maybe I want a quiet, simple life

Maybe I don't want to participate in the rat race, the breaking of the glass ceiling, or climbing the corporate ladder. Maybe I don't want to be so busy that I wear busy like a badge of honor. Maybe I don't want to keep up with the Jones', live beyond my means, or have a... Continue Reading →

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