Hymns and Hearts of Contentment

Hymns and Hearts of Contentment

“For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:11b-12   I love hymns. Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t […]

Joy After the Fire

Joy After the Fire

Since “joy” is our theme this year, I have been contemplating how to recognize and implement joy in my life. We have all been taught that happiness is fleeting but joy is soul-deep, springing up in our spirit by the Holy Spirit Himself. And we know that joy is a part of the fruit of […]

Cultivating Joy

Cultivating Joy

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” (John 15:11 NIV).   When we bought our new home, we were excited to live in a planting zone that is good for blueberries. We happily bought a couple of blueberry bushes and planted them […]

Joy Always Reminds

Joy Always Reminds

“The joy of the Lord is your strength,” (Nehemiah 8:10).   The joy-moment came in the middle of a difficult season of ministry. We’d stolen away on a camping trip to give us some space to breathe. As dusk fell, fireflies began to twinkle in the shadows under the trees. Our children had never seen […]

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

Heavenly Father, Thank You for my pastor’s family. Thank You for blessing them with three children, three unique children. Thank You for allowing us the privilege of watching these children grow and even giving us the opportunities to pour into their lives through AWANA and Sunday School. Or just smiling at them as we pass […]