Category Archives: Spiritual Growth

My Stuff is Screaming at Me- Work

Work My stacks are calling me. My cluttered closet is screaming, so I shut the door and look in the other direction. We want to totally finish the cabin. Wayne’s here to work and I’m here to hear. Study. Pray. Get ready for upcoming meetings. But the wood pile screams about picture frames and rustic […]

How To Float When Everybody Else is Sinking

Every mom needs to be moored to the reality that one day their child will be released into the world.

Having a baby is such a joy filled time. Getting ready for it’s arrival. Preparing the room. Selecting the tiny, little clothes. The anticipation of it’s arrival. Choosing the right name. Telling your family and friends. But it had to have been totally different for Jochebed. If I told you her life was hard, you might […]

The Question Behind the Question

I had breakfast at the fig tree this morning. It wasn’t that I actually intended to, it just sorta happened that way. When Wayne and I returned from our 4 mile walk, I wanted to see if there were any ripe figs on the tree.     And there was…so I indulged! My breakfast companion, a […]

God Wants You to Thrive, Not Just Survive!

God Wants You to Thrive, Not Just Survive!

Both prudence and fear took him to his hiding place. He had managed to grow a little wheat and he didn’t want the marauding Midianites to catch him trying to process it. Because it wasn’t grape season, he knew no one would look for him at the winepress. But he was wrong.   The Bible doesn’t […]

How Do You Run to Win, When You Hate Running?

Run to win

Do you ever have words that echo in the caverns of your mind? Words that bounce back and forth and seem to get louder instead of dimmer? It happens to me a lot. This week the words were birthed from last week’s blog about my precious daughter-in-law Jenny. In my Bible study I ran across […]

Please Let Me Run!

run your race with purpose

You will never hear me say, “Please, let me run”. But that’s what  I read in the story of Absalom’s coup in Scripture. And I’ve heard my daughter-in-law, Jenny, say it in response to my wanting to give her a break away from the children. I suggested shopping. She suggested running. Maybe, I noticed the two […]

Faith is Better Than Daffodils

clumps of delicate daffodils

The daffodils have been stunning this year! Clumps of yellow daffodils make me wish I had planted some of these delicate, sweet blooms in my yard last year. Maybe it’s because they are some of the first flowers to arrive that make them so special.   Or maybe, it’s their sunshine  yellow color that makes me feel happy and warm […]

Not Gonna Be a Fool; April or Any Other Time Either

Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."

Kayden is fourteen months old. Sometimes when I tell him something he doesn’t want to hear, he turns his head and looks away. He get this blank expression on his face, as if to say,  “I’m not listening. I’m doing what I want to do. Leave me alone. I don’t have to do what you […]

Have You Read: You Were Born For This


I’ve used the word impossible much more frequently since I read Bruce Wilkinson’s “You Were Born For This.” But now I used it entirely different than before. Now impossible isn’t the boundary it was before. It is an action word that activates my faith. Like the young, shocked Mary asked the angel, how can this […]

YOU SHOULD NEVER…EVER! And you’ll laugh too.

make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes.

There are some things that just should never happen–NEVER! And Diane Daniel, my laughing friend, brings a few of them into focus for us as only Diane can do. 1. You should never take your cat to a dog show… 2. You should never wear a t-shirt with the words “Worlds #1 Terrorist” to the […]

Lessons I’ve Learned From Mt. McKinley

Lessons I learned from Mt. McKinley

With an elevation of 20, 237 feet, Mt. Mckinley is the highest mountain peak in North America. Our highest elevation, east of the Mississippi river is in the Appalachian Mountains. It is  Mt. Mitchell at 6,683. That means Mt. McKinley’s summit is 3 times our highest peak. You would think with a summit that high, you […]

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