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10 Ways to Grow as a Person This Year

10 Ways to Grow as a Person This Year

Want to grow as a person and better yourself this year? Think you don’t have time to learn a new skill or break a bad habit? Take a look at these 10 small ways to grow and learn. They are painless, but practical! Learn something […]

How David responded to a rebellious child.

How David responded to a rebellious child.

I’m journaling through the Psalms this winter, and this truth shot out at me like never before. It was the little phrasing before Psalm 3: “A psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.” A rebellious child. Could anything break the heart of […]

Long Expected Jesus

Long Expected Jesus

Expectancy. To expect. To look forward to. To anticipate. Some say that expectations are little more than premeditated resentments. I guess we learn from living in a broken world that it’s safer not to expect too much, not to set our hearts on anything, not to […]

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

I spent most of the day outside, tending my herb and flower garden while my 3 year old played nearby. It’s warm enough now to plant, so I bought a few herbs to replace several that didn’t survive the winter: parsley, mint, and basil. I spent […]

10 Ways To Refresh Your Soul

10 Ways To Refresh Your Soul

Looking for ways to refresh this winter? The common theme among my friends is that we are all looking for ways to rest our bodies and revive our hearts a bit after a hectic holiday season. We all know that doesn’t happen automatically. It needs […]

Fear and Faith

Fear and Faith

Senseless violence and killing. Islamic Terrorists. Scenes I never imagined I’d see in my lifetime playing out on the lovely streets of Paris. I spent my Friday night watching my Twitter feed, nervously awaiting news of the hostages in the theatre. I heard that they […]

Contentment is a choice.

Contentment is a choice.

Contentment is a topic that kept resurfacing over and over again this past week, and whenever that happens, I know the Lord is trying to teach me something.   Discontentment can creep into our hearts in the subtlest ways, like the other night when I […]

You Need To Rest Because You Are Not The Savior

You Need To Rest Because You Are Not The Savior

“You can rest in Heaven.” I heard this blunt one-liner many times as a child, and every time I hear it today, I cringe. I’m not sure who coined this callous phrase but I wonder if they had a “savior complex.”   In our pride, it’s […]

Some Lesser Known Lessons From Elisabeth Elliot {pt 2}

Some Lesser Known Lessons From Elisabeth Elliot {pt 2}

Yesterday I shared some of my notes from lectures by Elisabeth Elliot. Today I’ll share a few more words that may bless you from her life. From Let Me Be A Woman This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience…it looks for […]

Lesser Known Lessons From Elisabeth Elliot

Lesser Known Lessons From Elisabeth Elliot

Like many women, my life is better for having read and heard the teachings of Elisabeth Elliot. I appreciated her gracious, no-nonsense approach to teaching, perhaps because I am from New England where emotions tend to take a back seat to common sense. She spoke […]