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Your Job This Week…

November 7, 2016

As the election draws to an end, Christians have an opportunity to demonstrate what it looks like to follow Jesus. Whether your candidate wins or loses, others should hear grace, compassion, humility, and love when they inevitably bring up the election. Jesus said: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My … Read moreYour Job This Week…

Do You See Me? He whispered

March 5, 2016

In the quiet stillness of dawn, I sat on a bench. My breath blew puffs of steam over my coffee. The sky was red as the birds sang in the morning. Every now and then something would stir in the lake and ripple the water. As I prayed, divine peace settled over me like the blanket … Read moreDo You See Me? He whispered

Ding Dong ~ Mom, Jesus is Here

February 15, 2016

This is what got me out of bed this morning… Well, Jesus didn’t actually ring my doorbell, but this was the scene that popped into my head after I hit the snooze button (tempted to skip my prayer/Bible time). Would I roll over and ignore Him if Jesus really did ring my doorbell in the … Read moreDing Dong ~ Mom, Jesus is Here

What’s YOUR Word for 2016?

February 3, 2016

With January over, and all our ridiculous resolutions out of the way, let’s get ready to tackle the rest of the year. Have you heard of choosing one word to guide your life for the upcoming year? The idea is to ditch the unrealistic resolutions we typically set at the new year, and instead, choose one … Read moreWhat’s YOUR Word for 2016?

Is Your Soul in the “Abode of Silence”?

January 18, 2016

Sometimes life throws us into the “abode of silence.” When unexplainable things happen, it can feel like you are all alone. As a grieving mom, I have come to accept these hours or days when losing Austin is simply too much to bear. There are days when my soul feels like this picture – dark, silent, alone … Read moreIs Your Soul in the “Abode of Silence”?

Who Listens to Tiny, Insignificant You?

July 25, 2015

We were traveling through farm country when these huge windmills popped up on the horizon. As we drew closer, we realized that the windmills were HUGE! The windmills, along with the vast open fields rolling with corn, made me feel small. Very small. God also felt big. Very big ~ and a bit a far … Read moreWho Listens to Tiny, Insignificant You?

Check Your Attitude At The Door?

July 15, 2015

This is the scene that welcomes you when you enter my home … shoes, towels, flip flops, umbrellas.  It is a place to kick your shoes off as you arrive home, hang your towel from the beach, and get ready to relax at home.  Aaaahhh…home.  It may be messy, but it prepares your heart to … Read moreCheck Your Attitude At The Door?

Can You See Him?

July 12, 2015

This picture was taken when Devin and I packed an 18-month-old Ethan into our car and “ran away from home.” About 6 months after Austin died, we desperately needed time off work.  We ran away.  Literally. We had no idea where we were going.  We had no plans, no GPS system, no hotel reservations, no agenda.  We … Read moreCan You See Him?

Praying Sheep?

June 1, 2015

“The best way to keep the enemy out is to keep Christ in.  The sheep need not be terrified by the wolf; they have but to keep close to the shepherd.  It is not the praying sheep Satan fears, but the presence of the shepherd.”  ~A.W. Tozer It is not the praying sheep that Satan … Read morePraying Sheep?

Are You “Not Quite Right”?

May 12, 2015

The coffee bin in this picture is not quite right.  The lid that is supposed to keep our coffee air tight doesn’t quite get the job done.  Why don’t I buy a new one?  Because … before Austin died, he snuck this item into the grocery cart one day. When I asked him about it, … Read moreAre You “Not Quite Right”?