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My Top 10 YA Books of 2020

It’s been a year obviously, but if there is a silver lining it’s all the extra reading time that a lockdown brings. Did you make

Try

What coping mechanisms do you use when trying something new? Do you dive right in or do you wait, think things through? Are you paralyzed

Pruning

I thought it was dead but I was wrong.  On the stalk where I’d cut a head of lettuce a few days before, new leaves

Heroes

Who is your hero? What qualities make them a hero? I wondered about that term – we wield it so casually in our world. The

Arise

Over the last few years there has been one message that has rung in my ears like church bells echoing on a Sunday morning across

Doubting Trust

Today’s headlines read from some action movie or sci-fi novel don’t they? Pandemic. That word used to cause the blood running through my veins to

My Top Ten Reads of 2019

I’m a little late posting this because work, Christmas, a birthday, sickness, and New Year’s Eve get-together, all conspired to keep me busy but it

The Prodigal

The mood is festive, people laughing and singing. The table is laden down with the best meats, cheeses and side dishes. There’s a chocolate fountain

Finding Our Way

As a child, getting lost in Woolco (not a typo, and yes it dates me horribly) or Sears was my worst nightmare. As a mom,

The Definition of Great

“You’re going to do great things for God.” Words, spoken as encouragement to many young leaders and Christians, seem harmless but in my experience, are

In the Spacious Place

After the decadence of December, I like the simpleness of January and February. The white snow, and blank calendar spaces soothe my soul because those

The Christmas Miracle of a Softened Heart

How’s your heart this Christmas? It’s the question that echoes through the “fields by night,” the draughty stable and living rooms filled with lights and

The Lesson My Son Taught Me

I wrote this a couple weeks back but didn’t have time to get back to it until now. Even though National Novel Writing Month is

Anatomy of Winning

It’s the last weekend in October, Halloween is just around the corner and then November One.  I’m not much of a Halloween person.  November One

When The World Changes

Do you remember a time when you entered a new phase in life?  Suddenly you felt like you were living on another planet?  I remember

When We Choose Not To Be Kind

Sometimes we know better but we choose to do it anyway.  We choose to be mean over loving.  We choose to indulge the injury rather

Two Seconds

A little housekeeping first.  So… I took an unofficial break from the blog and now it’s the end of the summer.  I had meant to

The Art of Gift Giving

Have you ever received a perfect gift?  One that was uniquely thought of for just you?  That made you feel like you were known?  Seen? 

From Ruins to Peace

I tell you this because quite often we get to the point where we are enjoying smooth sailing in our lives and then the unthinkable happens.

Getting Rid of the Cluttered Mind

Has this ever happened to you? I was out with a friend the other night and as we got up from our table at the

A Season of Change and Rest

“Did she agree with his actions?  Campbell wasn’t sure.  The old law made her feel safe.  Protected…Yet her mother’s heart wanted her son happy…Given any

Things We’ve Done Well As Moms

Once again it’s that awful Sunday in May knocking on our doors.  The knocking, at first, is soft but as the week goes on, it