value is more than a price tag

value is more than a price tag

  “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of […]

breaking the downward spiral of education

breaking the downward spiral of education

So here’s the thing.  I think it’s time to open the flood gates… I’ve had several conversations and read several recent articles or blog posts in the past four days alone, nevermind those in the last 10 years, that are pointing me to something I’ve known for a long time was coming and is only […]

a love worth keeping

a love worth keeping

So listen, it’s Valentine’s Day again.  That day of romance and surprise and flowers and chocolate and maybe dinner out. Well, either I’ve been cheated out of these opportunities for Husband to express his adoring affection for me for the past many years of marriage and the 3 previous years of dating, or it really […]

new year’s resolutions to live life differently

new year’s resolutions to live life differently

Super.  So I’ve failed my three usual Resolutions for the year, and I’m a week into the New Year.  Cue the fizzles and gray smoke left behind after the bursts of noisy, colorful fireworks.  And I fizzled out almost as quickly as the fireworks did.  Oops. Just chalk it up to another rough year because […]

finding hope in a hope-broken, heart-aching world

finding hope in a hope-broken, heart-aching world

It has been a hard year, struggles abounding in too many places, peace seeming hidden and lost amidst the confusion.  The hard stuff of life looms so large, doesn’t it?  Too many friends are entrenched in similar battles of the heart and soul, alongside us in their own quiet places.  Too many neighbors searching for […]

walking in blind faith

walking in blind faith

To be abundantly clear – this post is not about the literal act of jumping off of a cliff, and it is in no way a suggestion regarding suicide.  It is absolutely a reference to a dream I’ve had several times where God calls me to a cliff – a major decision that will change […]

finding faith in the little things

finding faith in the little things

I’ve found that when I look, truly and intently look, at the wonder that surrounds me in the simplicity and intricacy of God’s incredible Creation – I can’t help but be awe-struck that He who knows every intimate minutia of every blade of grass, flower, fowl, bug… everything. Have you ever looked at snowflakes?  I […]

finding faith in the ashes

finding faith in the ashes

It was the day that started like so many others, worked out for an hour or so in the Grove City College weight room as soon as it opened, went to breakfast in the cafeteria, ate alone while reading my devotional, and then I left the door and saw the crowd, the silent, fear-struck group […]