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, […]

overcoming the ugly: how to win over hate

overcoming the ugly: how to win over hate

“Hate is a very strong word,” my three-year-old daughter reminds me any time I slip and use the word about  my displeasure at being cold in winter or about disliking the phone after it rings twenty times in a day with telemarketers.  But she’s right. Hate really is a very strong word.  It’s a concept […]

reflections in the mirror: more Easter truth (part 2)

reflections in the mirror: more Easter truth (part 2)

To read Reflections: Part 1… And then truth two emerged from those Easter morning DVDs… God still loves us, even though we are broken. Even when we lie about knowing Him. Even when we turn to food or drugs or abuse instead of seeking Him. Even when we just ignore His voice, calling us to […]

reflections in the mirror: searching for the truths of Easter

reflections in the mirror: searching for the truths of Easter

This year, my family and I spent Easter in a totally abnormal way for us.  We woke up in a hotel, about five hours from home, had breakfast with strangers in sweatpants, and ate Subway sandwiches from a rest stop instead of a fancy brunch. It hardly seemed like Easter – no fancy dresses for […]

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.”                             ― Langston Hughes Have you ever watched a baby bird trying to fly?  It’s such a difficult process and terrifying for both the baby and its […]

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 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 […]

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 […]