Hi Friends! I have some exciting news to share—2 things I’ve been working on behind the scenes for a while. The first is a hospitality-based ministry that I’ve been developing for several years now. I’ve been working to encourage local women through hosting gatherings and facilitating Christian fellowship. There have been many times I’ve been…… Continue reading Blog Expansion Update
When I was a teenager my parents bought a minivan with a VHS tape player—it felt super high tech at the time. One of my favorite memories in that van was a day when I was driving our family home from the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. My dad was in the backseat, and to keep…… Continue reading By This Kind of Hard Work
The other day I texted one of my friends, who happens to be black, just to say “hi” and check in. She’s one of my closest friends and we communicate multiple times a week, with seldom a week going by where we don’t see each other at least once. She said she was “OK” and…… Continue reading Not Knowing What to Say
My youngest son’s 2nd birthday is this week. Normally I’d be in the middle of finalizing all the birthday party details, doing what cooking prep-work could be done, getting the proper groceries, making a pinata (if I had waited this long to make it!), etc. But this morning my mother asked me what we are…… Continue reading Salvaging Hospitality in a Pandemic
The other night I was up against a deadline. It was time for me to finish and share a devotional for the week with my Bible study. All week the words and lesson had evaded me. I kind of knew what I was going to write—but I lacked inspiration. It was frustrating to put it…… Continue reading Fighting Temptation with Purpose
There are bad things happening in the world right now. And yet, since that fateful day in the Garden of Eden, there have always been bad things happening in the world. We live in a world that has death and pain and disappointment. We live in a world where circumstances often make us sad or…… Continue reading Mournful Hope
I don’t know about you, but I want to do big things for the Lord. I feel called to serve and encourage others on His behalf. I have grandiose visions of things that I could do—the impact I could make. And yet…my constant reality always seems so much less significant than I want it to…… Continue reading The Value of A Lot
I was thinking the other day about the car accident I was in a couple of years ago. The collision, and subsequent concussion, came at a time in my life when I felt poised to do great things. My career was going well, I had 3 healthy kids, I was establishing a women’s ministry through…… Continue reading Drawn Back for a Purpose
“I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more” but “I don’t need to walk around in circles, walk around in circles, walk around in…” However, “these boots were made for walkin’—so that’s just what I’ll do!” For all 2 of you who understood those song references—congrats! For the rest of you, oh…… Continue reading Fear vs Faith: Why am I Walking?
It began with a song, as many things in our household do. We are not good singers, per se, but we are enthusiastic! With an eclectic background of music in our repertoire, each of the members of our family will randomly belt out a chorus when the inspiration strikes. Enoch, especially, is prone to comedic…… Continue reading Fear vs. Faith: Why am I Waiting?