Lessons from an Old Barn

Lessons from an Old Barn

Driving into Iowa from Illinois on Interstate 80, you enter an area designated as Smokestacks and Silos National Heritage. Despite all the commercial buildings along the Interstate, I love to look for the beautiful farms that dot the countryside. On a recent trip I saw a very large barn with a unique silhouette. It had […]

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 […]

Praying through a Psalm of Hope

Praying through a Psalm of Hope

I’m not sure when I began doing this, but I often find myself in town with a few minutes between appointments or before needing to pick up the kids from school. Enough time to want to be productive, but not enough time to head home, unbuckle a toddler or two, and then get them back […]

What Did You Expect?

What Did You Expect?

Life rarely turns out the way we expect it to turn out. How often do we say, “It wasn’t supposed to be this way?” We just finished a Thanksgiving holiday which was nothing like we expected. We aren’t sure what to expect for Christmas.  Why are we surprised when things don’t turn out the way […]

Hope Celebrated at the Lord’s Supper

Hope Celebrated at the Lord’s Supper

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26  It had been five months since I last participated in the Lord’s Supper. We were visiting my Mom’s church and I was thrilled we were receiving Communion. The opportunity to share in […]