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 →

Words for thought

It's been a crazy, stress-filled week and a half. I am trying, really hard, to stay calm. Last week ended with finally finishing up a huge project at work that had my anxiety monster going crazy. I didn't get fired (yet) because, like I said, I am crazy. I mean, my anxiety monster  is crazy...I might... Continue Reading →

Inspiring Free Books for Spring

Spring. When nature claims and creates anew. It's also the perfect time for us to create anew in ourselves, too. To begin anew, recreate, reclaim our new year's resolution or one word for 2017. Are you ready for a little spring renew? Then give yourself the gift of inspiring reading this spring with these free print... Continue Reading →

Gratitude on bad days

Yesterday was a very long hard day. Actually the last 3 weeks have been pretty hard. But yesterday? It was a crazy shit-show. That's a little term we say in the printing world when things go very wrong, and you may or may not be the cause of it. There are three things I hate: Letting people... Continue Reading →

The Making of Prayer Flags

High in the Tibetan Himalayan, colorful flags of blue, white, red, green, and yellow flutter in the wind. These are Tibetan prayer flags. "Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and... Continue Reading →

One Little Word :: 2017 #prayer

Do you make New Years resolutions? Not me. I always have good intentions to get in shape. Then, by February I am sitting on the couch eating guacamole and chips, watching The Biggest Loser. Instead of a resolution I choose One Word. One word helps keep me focused for 365 days. There is only one... Continue Reading →

Legend of the Silver Pine Cones

ADVENT // Day One There is an old German legend that goes something like this: Once upon a time there was a poor family without enough food to eat or wood for a fire. The mother decided to go into the forest to search for pine cones; which she could burn for warmth. Perhaps, she... Continue Reading →

Gratitude on Display

One thing we do in November is put our gratitude on display. Practicing gratitude trains us to be in the moment, to slow down when life gets crazy, look around and realize life is pretty awesome. It won't take away our troubles but, the deliberate act of practicing gratitude at the end of the day... Continue Reading →

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