One Word (or two) for 2019.

It's that time again to ditch the New Year's resolutions in favor of One Word to focus on all year long. I've picked my one word for 10 years now and it's helped me to stay focused on what I want to accomplish. For instance, rather than saying, "I want to lose weight," I might... Continue Reading →

He is Risen. Happy Easter.

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The rules we break.

You can't eat pizza for breakfast. Or grilled cheese. You can't eat ice cream for dinner, either. Your clothes have to match. So do your socks. You can't write in your Bible. You must have birthday cake on your birthday. You shall not sing loudly in church if you can't carry a tune in a... Continue Reading →

Sometimes you just need quiet time

Sometimes you need a little quiet time. Time to just breathe, decompress, take a break from the world. Because this world is loud.  I don't just need my quiet time...I crave it. Especially when I am being pulled every which way at work and again at home. When my days, weeks, are non-stop noise. Being... Continue Reading →

Planting Small Seeds

Last month I wrote about my Small Seeds Bible Campaign for Gospel for Asia. I talked about reaching my campaign goal earlier this year, and why not up the campaign ante? Today I opened my email to find Small Seeds have blessed GFA missionaries once again by exceeding that Bible campaign goal of $200! What... Continue Reading →

Small Seeds Bible Campaign

LISTEN TO THIS: There are 80,000 people who will die today in South Asia without ever hearing about Jesus Christ. They don't know his name, let alone that He died for them. Let that sink in a moment. They don't know HIM. 97% of these unreached people live in an area called the 10/40 window. Yet,... Continue Reading →

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