Hope Rises When You Know What Comes Next

Hope Rises When You Know What Comes Next

Every spring the weather app on my phone suddenly becomes an object of intense scrutiny. I’m longing for the sunshine, the spring temperatures, and for trees and flowers to bud. After a cold, dark winter the thoughts of sunshine on my skin and watching the earth come back to life fill me with anticipation. So […]

The Elusive Pursuit of Balance

The Elusive Pursuit of Balance

The Friday morning coffee date. It’s an oasis in the midst of every week. I sit across from my husband with my Cafe Breve and we talk about ALL THE THINGS – ministry, especially our conversations with people, and our children in all of their ages and stages. Sometimes we talk about plans for the […]

Hope When You’re Tired

Hope When You’re Tired

Investing in the lives of people is work – the gritty, dirty, sweaty kind. The kind that requires stretchy pants and a pony tail and comfortable footwear – metaphorically speaking of course. It isn’t confined to tidy schedules, and predictable flow charts, and it doesn’t make for an impressive lifestyle blog or instagram pictures. And […]

Waves of Hope

Waves of Hope

If the heartache of 2020 was confined to a pandemic and civil unrest, things might be a little more manageable. But the craziness out there hasn’t put an end to the things that go wrong in our homes and churches. Sometimes the troubles roll in like waves and you find yourself shakily pulling yourself up […]

The Quiet Wisdom So Easy to Miss

The Quiet Wisdom So Easy to Miss

I had begun memorizing it a few days ago, that haunting question from James 3:13, “Who is wise and understanding among you?” Of course I meant to memorize the rest of the verse and the verses that follow, but some of my kids came down with the flu, so for the next few days I […]

Atmosphere and Immanuel

Atmosphere and Immanuel

Christmas is about atmosphere. We all have the atmosphere ingredients that stir us. Cinnamon scented pinecones, or the smell of a fresh tree. Christmas music, children’s excitement over presents.  The muted glow of Christmas lights in a dark room, or the flicker of candlelight. Something warm from the oven – pumpkin pie, or sugar cookies, […]