March 27, 2019

One of the first rules in songwriting is "establish a pattern then break the pattern."  If you listen carefully, you will notice that all the songs you love have 2 or 3 lines with balanced syllables and rhyming words and then a line that goes rouge.  If it wasn't for t...

March 11, 2019

Memorizing God's Word is hugely beneficial for followers of Jesus and I don't know if you've noticed this, but kids can memorize things like it's their job.  Their young minds are little sponges - soaking things up and retaining with minimal effort.  This is why it's b...

March 5, 2019

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and it provides us with a perfect opportunity to remember this important truth: I am not enough. 

I am not enough for my kids, I am not enough for the world, I am not enough for my spouse, I am not enough for you or me and I am certainly not en...

February 26, 2019

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

In our kitchen we have a frame on the wall that holds different decor each month.  It is a fun way to display some homemade seasonal art but mostly it serves as a built in teaching tool for our family...

February 24, 2019

I am a recovering pessimist who is slowly learning the language of hope and joy and gratitude.  God has done such a drastic work in my heart that most days I can honestly say, "The joy of the Lord is my strength."  But every once in awhile I have a day or two in which...

February 13, 2019

I came across a passage in my Bible that surprised me and now it won't leave me alone?  Has that ever happened to you?  You see something for the first time and then you see it EVERYWHERE!?!?  These few short words and all their many implications are doing a steady wor...

February 2, 2019

 A little story about a big Kingdom and how it grows.

                Lila was a little flower seed who lived in the city.  Everywhere she looked she saw unhappy, hurried people.  “These people need beauty,” Lila thought.  “These people need hope and light and laughter....

January 28, 2019

"Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea."

-author unknown

I have bumped into this quote several times over the years and every time I read it, I love it.  My old nature is pessimistic and my new nature is forever trying to adjust my eyes.  I want to be the type o...

January 21, 2019

 Ben's Grandma gave us this amazing cat clock last Christmas and we have it proudly displayed in our kitchen.  We're not "cat people" but this clock reminds Ben of his childhood and it reminds me of the letter Grandmother enclosed with the clock.  She wrote that she ho...

December 28, 2018

My husband and I usually go out for a date sometime around the New Year and we generally take a few minutes to talk about some of our goals or hopes for the upcoming calendar year.  I'm not a huge fan of "resolutions" (or the pressure/guilt that comes with not keeping...

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