This past week I fulfilled a promise to a little friend from church. He loves to play with my kids, and they adore him, so I had promised him a day at our house over his Christmas school break. He is a kid destined to make you smile – full of passionate energy, with a… Continue reading Let the Little Children Come
As I walked into church, I was greeted by her bright-eyed smile and by words that have been spoken to me more times than I can count: “I have something for you!” Experience has taught me that there is absolutely no way to guess what the “something” will be, but that it will be a… Continue reading How to Give Good Gifts
Today was one of those perfect weather days – the kind that lures you outside and makes you resistant to going back in. With the threat of cooler weather looming, we couldn’t resist a hike down to the river at a local nature park. It was warm enough that Hannah chose to wear flip flops,… Continue reading God’s Provision
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 As I have been meditating on these words this month, it has felt like being on a unique scavenger hunt and I have found… Continue reading A New Thing!
Growing up, we lived in a sprawling old farmhouse that was full of interesting nooks and crannies. During the day, these areas were full of fun times and grand adventures – great for hide and seek, forming clubs, or games of pretend. At night, these same magical spots terrified me and suddenly hid scary thoughts… Continue reading What Do You Do With Your Fears?
While I was tucking Hannah into bed, I quoted a book that describes a mother’s love and ends with the words, “I love you as much as a mother can love.” As I gave her a final kiss, she flung her sweet, little arms around my neck in a tight embrace and enthusiastically countered with,… Continue reading Reflections on Love
I am sitting outside on a February day that feels like early spring – warm for winter, but crisp and wet from the melting snow. The sun has been shining and the geese have been going crazy flying constantly overhead all day. Perhaps their honks are an indication of what’s to come. We’re told that… Continue reading Great Is Thy Faithfulness
As we were learning about the Vikings this week, I was struck anew by just how big our God is. In our history lessons, we often run into stories of people groups who believe in multiple gods and the Vikings were among these multi-deistic cultures. Each god that these groups create has a special… Continue reading Even If
Today is World Kindness Day. While it does seem as though there is a day of celebration declared for everything, how can one argue with the idea of a day dedicated to kindness? We did not do anything specific to commemorate the day, but it did make me think about a special kindness that I… Continue reading How to Change the World
It’s just that it was so unexpected. I mean, I know to watch out for those little black critters disrupting my picnic lunch, but they don’t normally make their appearance in the middle of a company meeting. The building appeared clean and well-maintained leaving no indication that bugs may be lurking. It started with… Continue reading The Ants Went Marching…