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 thought of a child lost, could keep me awake most of the night. Feeling lost is scary. The unfamiliar feels threatening and the cold fingers clenched around our hearts … Continue reading Finding Our Way

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 decorations this year. I hear it in Christmas readings and songs. What does my heart have to do with Christmas? Everything. Our hearts beat out the rhythm of our lives. … Continue reading The Christmas Miracle of a Softened Heart

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 over, the lesson my son taught me applies to more than writing. It's a life lesson. Today the 5:30 am wake-up call got old. Correction; it got old a few … Continue reading The Lesson My Son Taught Me

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 bringing my second son home from the hospital on New Year’s Eve Day, happy to be home but as my twenty-two month buzzed around me, oblivious to the new baby, … Continue reading When The World Changes

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 than offer grace.  We choose darkness over light.  I say choose because it is a choice. I’m ashamed to admit that I have done this. Too. Often. One instance stands … Continue reading When We Choose Not To Be Kind

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?  That someone took the time to think about you? It has nothing to do with money.  It has everything to do with the thought and consideration that went into the … Continue reading The Art of Gift Giving

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 other circumstances, she’d praise Nathaniel’s choice. So perhaps she should let go of fear and distrust.”   Rachel Hauck,  Once Upon a Prince p.320 Kindle edition It’s that time of year.  Graduations … Continue reading A Season of Change and Rest

When God Seems Silent at Christmas

Christmastime. Smiling kids, bright lights and the piney scent of trees all dressed up for show. It’s a magical time of year. Sometimes. For some of us, it’s a struggle. I’ve had years like that as I’m sure you have too. The very idea of putting up a Christmas tree is exhausting. Or makes you … Continue reading When God Seems Silent at Christmas

Successful Failures

What happens when you’ve done great things for God, followed what He’s told you to do but in the world’s eyes (including the church) you look like a failure? Have you ever felt like this?  Have you ever given one hundred percent, and more to God, only to have things tank? It’s not something we, … Continue reading Successful Failures

Why I Send My Kids to Summer Camp

Let me just get this off my chest. I am not a camper. My family did not camp. The couple of camping experiences I had were rainy. Very. Rainy. The church and girl guide camps I went to didn’t endear me either. I am not particularly fond of the great outdoors. I hate playing games … Continue reading Why I Send My Kids to Summer Camp