4-2-17 Happy April! I hope you’re all enjoying spring. One of our two blueberry bushes has leaves, the baby creeping phlox is blooming, and we have a new dog. Or maybe he has us. The big brown eyes struck again in the form of a stray, so now we have Perrin. That’s him in theContinue reading “Tale of a Twice-Washed Dog”
3-26-17 Do you ever have one of those days when you wake up late, the dog refuses to do his business as you’re walking him, and you leave your lunch on the counter in a rush to make it to work on time? Then it seems like the world fights against you allContinue reading “Our Advocate”
3-21-17 Last week we talked about not putting masks on people to lump them in the all-good or all-bad pot. This week let’s think about taking our own masks off.
3-12-17 This week is the first in a two part series. I think we sometimes put masks on people, others and ourselves, because it makes life less complicated. More black and white. Today, let’s think about taking off the masks we put on other people.
1-22-17 I realized something yesterday at the gym. After being on the track for an hour, as I was headed out the door, I had no idea what my total lap count was. I knew exactly how many I ran, or more precisely jogged, but I walked a lot more than that. However, the onlyContinue reading “The Laps I Count”
1-15-17 House church was a foreign concept for me until a couple years ago. I had heard such a thing mentioned in passing, but we have buildings for that in my time and place. I’d never attended a house church service before we hosted our first one. Home Bible studies, sure, but not this. MaybeContinue reading “30 Tips for Hosting House Church”
1-1-17 Happy New Year! Many people start off a new year thinking about resolutions and goals. I do that too. It’s important to know where you want to go and how you want to get there. But right now, let’s think for a few minutes about what we want to leave behind in 2016.
12-18-16 Between the silver bells ringing, decking of the halls, and the lovely branches of the tree, Christmas can become overwhelming. Especially if you’re grieving. If that’s how you’re feeling this holiday season, I want you to know that you aren’t alone.
12-11-16 Honesty time. I spend a lot of time planning. A to-do list ranked in order of importance with multi-colored highlights calms my mind. Scary, I know. Sometimes I get bogged down in the what-ifs and maybe-it-wills. Then today, I saw a verse in a new way.
12-4-16 Yesterday Mark and I were driving in the county over from where we live. The road was particularly narrow and windy, even for our area. The mountain’s sheer drop off inches from the pavement on one side had him clenching the steering wheel with both hands and me gripping the passenger door’s hand rest. And there were noContinue reading “Guardrails”