A New Perspective

"It is not the 'ministry' you could have ever anticipated or chosen but we are confident in God's ability to help you live it out!" (from a dear pastor and his wife) I pondered those words as winter released its grip. I think God gifts us with creativity to help us cope through the messy [...]

Our Hearts Are Being Refreshed

It's early.  I woke before dawn and watched daylight break through the darkness.  I glance at the cup a dear friend sent to me and read the prayer printed on it. "May God grant you courage, and through His grace provide the peace that lies in knowing He's always at your side." More than ever [...]

Breaking up the Unplowed Ground

It's been a long goodbye this week.  I've had to say goodbye to loved ones traveling cross-country to start a new chapter of life in a new place.  It's been a bittersweet separation these past few days. My emotions range from being hopeful, happy, excited and then sad and lonely all at once.  Then there's [...]

Sometimes We Need To Go Back Before We Can Move Forward

We had a large lilac bush behind my childhood home.  Every spring when I fill a vase with lilacs, their fragrance transports my thoughts back to that house where many special memories were made. Memories.  We all have them.  Some good, some not so good but they're stored somewhere deep within our brains.  Just like [...]

When Ink Drips and Camera Clicks

I put my pen to journal and begin to write, I see an oriole outside my window and I grab my camera.  I click to capture the moment and return to my writing. With my mind and emotions wrapped up in so much lately, I finally feel my soul return to its rightful place. The [...]

It’s the little things

Christmas is over but there's still remnants left.  There's a bag of crumpled wrapping paper tucked behind a stool in my living room.  The lights still twinkle on my decorated tree and there's a few cookie crumbs on a plate sitting next to me on my dining room table. My fingers click away on my [...]

When Being Thankful Seems Hard

If you look back on my last few posts, you'll discover a pattern. I've woven the word steal into my text a few times. In the article I wrote for FullFill Magazine I used the word rob--same thing. My point was to help us realize that nothing can rob our joy or steal our thankfulness. [...]