Roots & Fruits

My 15 year-old daughter has recently become interested in plants. This is amusing because I can only keep humans and animals alive. I simply cannot remember to water a plant. My people and dog will let me know their needs. A plant wilts silently from lack of water and then it is too late. MyContinue reading “Roots & Fruits”

When the Words Won’t Come

Writing is how I process my world. It is a free therapist that I never have to worry about overburdening with the same thoughts, ideas, and concerns. Often my writing becomes prayers when the words become so heavy, they fall onto pages like an onslaught of rain to an already over saturated earth. When thereContinue reading “When the Words Won’t Come”

Don’t Waste This

It’s all still sinking in. We have been social distancing for almost a month. We are exploring uncharted territory as families and communities. While I am still processing all of this, as we all are, this one phrase won’t leave me. Don’t waste this. As all of our comforts are taken away and days areContinue reading “Don’t Waste This”

Back to Basics: Misplaced Worship

This month, I am going to revisit the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5). It is easy for me to claim Christianity and then go through the motions of my faith. I lose focus of the basics of my beliefs. The first two commandments are both centered on worship. Commandment 1 – No otherContinue reading “Back to Basics: Misplaced Worship”

Growing Faith: Finding Fellowship

I have begun writing my second Bible study. This one is on the book of Acts. My first study on John is a for new believers and those who are new to or intimidated by studying the Bible through a look at the life of Jesus and his followers. I chose Acts for my nextContinue reading “Growing Faith: Finding Fellowship”

Growing Faith: Boundaries and the Bible

Last week in the Growing Faith series, I wrote about the need for patience regarding your spiritual growth, especially as a new Christian. Sometimes it can be overwhelming when it seems like there is a checklist to complete. Thankfully all we need to remember is daily surrender and working toward loving God, ourselves, and othersContinue reading “Growing Faith: Boundaries and the Bible”

Growing Faith: Patience and Prayer

January. The time of year for new beginnings, a fresh start, and hope for change. Last month I wrote about opening the greatest gift we have ever been given, the gift of God’s Son,Jesus. We don’t deserve such a perfect gift, but God loves us and wanted a way for us to have a foreverContinue reading “Growing Faith: Patience and Prayer”

A Gift Left Unopened

I wasn’t until I was married that I found an appreciation for one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. “A Christmas Story” is about a young boy named Ralphie with his heart set on receiving a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Everyone in his life tells him “You’ll shoot your eye out”Continue reading “A Gift Left Unopened”

Joy Uncovered

In this third week of Advent, we light the pink candle that represents JOY. This week’s advent candle may be the most difficult of all. A friend lost her husband suddenly last week. Another is grieving over the loss of a marriage. For some, this is the first holiday without a loved one. Family membersContinue reading “Joy Uncovered”

Hope in a Hopeless World

We are in the first week of advent. In the church, Advent means the weeks leading up to the birth of Christ. Often this is represented by lighting a candle, specifically purple in color, to signify the hope of the coming of Christ. In the Old Testament, God’s people had strayed so far from Him.Continue reading “Hope in a Hopeless World”