Making Room For Love

I don't know when Mum started the tradition, but for as long as I can remember our Christmas tree stayed up for my sister and my early January birthdays. And as far as I'm concerned, there is no good reason to take the tree down sooner. No reason at all. Absolutely none. Hear me. I need the tree [...]

To Be Close To Him

Nothing got done today. Dishes fill the sink and the counter. Bills and medical insurance claims sit untouched. There is no dinner simmering. No cleaning being done. No laundry being washed. No projects getting worked on. I simply haven't had time or energy. Or hands. Our baby likes to be held.  All the time.  All. The. Time.  Day [...]

10 Gifts To Bring Hope

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year.  But for struggling families, Christmas can be a huge stress. I was recently asked what kind of gifts helped us during seasons of need so I thought I'd share giving ideas for families in need. We have personally experienced all of these gifts first hand and each made a huge [...]

Empowered: What’s In It For Me?

Jesus invited the disciples to go for a boat ride that turned into a desperate fight to survive a powerful storm and, in the midst of it all, the guys had a life-changing encounter with the God of the universe. This past Sunday I had the honor of digging into Luke 8:22-25 with our church [...]

Loving The Rain

Rain, rain go away. Today's rain feels like an old friend who has been gone too long but now that he's back I'm wondering why we are friends. This winter has been unusually dry. The sunshine has been glorious.  Rays in the morning fog buoying my heart. Open blue skies making me forget my cares.  [...]

Not My Best

I had all the ingredients for a major crash and burn. On Sunday, I was preaching.  On Saturday, I found myself sideswiped by a bug that left me with a string of fevers, a slow incoherent mind, a searing cough, husky voice, and screaming sinus pressure. I spent the day in miserable half-sleep instead of having [...]

Making Peace With My Life

My husband grew a beard.  Overnight. "YOU GREW A BEARD OVERNIGHT?!" I was shocked by the fuzzy face in the mirror as we brushed teeth, side-by-side. "Babe, it's been growing all week." He flashed his gorgeous smile and his eyes sparkled as he laughed at me. "Haven't you looked at me at all this week?" It [...]

Do It Anyway

Several times a year we host big get-togethers.  Summer kick-off (aka Princess birthday party in June), BBQ dinners and fire pit s'mores all summer long, TV premiere parties, movie nights, New Years Eve, Passover, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, birthdays all year round, and any other excuse we can find. "I love that you have gatherings in [...]