why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

Holidays are hard.  Really hard.  And they really don’t seem to be getting any easier or less complicated. I’m not trying to be a Grinch or a Scrooge, honest!  I really do like giving gifts and trying to be thoughtful about giving them, rather than just buying anything and shoving it in some wrapping paper.  […]

love anyway.

love anyway.

Too often we see what we want to see in other people. We spend so much time focusing on the actions and appearances and choices of others, rather than on the love of God and the reflection of God in each person.  It’s so easy to get distracted by emotional reactions or by physical characteristics, […]

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

There comes a time, oftentimes more than once I’d think, when each of us comes to a crossroads in life, left with a choice of two directions in which to travel. As hard as we might try to look around the bends and see what lies ahead, which road will be the most fulfilling or […]

time to grow up hope

time to grow up hope

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises […]

when enough finally becomes enough: lessons on Love, life, & setting limits

when enough finally becomes enough: lessons on Love, life, & setting limits

We celebrated my oldest daughter’s birthday last week when she turned 7, an age I still can’t believe she could be and yet she is.  It never feels like time has flown by as quickly as it has.  So therefore, I thought that it was probably time to write her, and eventually her little sisters, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]