Running Your Best Race

Because my family and I are involved in children’s church ministries on Sundays, we rarely hear a morning sermon. Instead, we all have favorite pastors and speakers that we listen to throughout the week, via Spotify, YouTube, or sermonaudio.com. This week, I listened to a message by Paul Chappell, senior pastor at Lancaster Baptist Church… Continue reading Running Your Best Race

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Blocking, Batching, & Breaking Bad (habits, that is)

It's all about pre-dawn productivity in my life these days, which you'll know if you read my last post. For the first time, I have been viewing moonsets and sunrises as a regular thing. Did you know that sunrises are gloriously flamingo-hued after a snowstorm? But I digress. While I do take time to appreciate… Continue reading Blocking, Batching, & Breaking Bad (habits, that is)

I Guess All Those Successful People Are Right…

...The most productive hours are those before dawn. Here in the bread basket of America, I've heard it said that farmers accomplish more before 7 a.m. than most people do all day. Until recently, I wouldn't know. For most of my life, I have forgone sunrises in favor of the snooze alarm. Or no alarm… Continue reading I Guess All Those Successful People Are Right…

A Heritage of Giant-Slayers

In 1 Samuel 17, David was launched into a place in Israelite history when he killed the fearsome Philistine giant, Goliath, with a bit of leather and a rock – and a faith as great as his arsenal was small. According to David’s own words, his faith developed in part while he served as a… Continue reading A Heritage of Giant-Slayers

97 Pounds of Accountability

Every morning, my fourteen-year-old daughter and I work out together. Ever the morning person, Shae (of Teen, Meet God and Shae's Days) is nearly always ready before me, hair in a neat ponytail, tennis shoes laced, and tablet queued up with our pre-selected YouTube workout. Meanwhile, I'm generally dragging myself up the stairs to her room a… Continue reading 97 Pounds of Accountability

God Doesn’t Do Kansas Roads

A few years ago, my family traveled to Colorado for vacation. From our home in Illinois, it took us about 22 hours to reach Breckenridge, the pretty mountain town that was our destination. A good chunk of that time was spent on a stretch of road straight west through Kansas. And when I say straight,… Continue reading God Doesn’t Do Kansas Roads

New Year, New Goals, New Posting Schedule

I am so thankful for all of you who have hung in there with me during my long hiatus from blogging. The busy Christmas season is past, and I’ve resumed posting material; but I’ve settled on a new schedule which will better suit this season of my life. Tuesday – personal experience with Scripture application… Continue reading New Year, New Goals, New Posting Schedule

Searching, Finding, Receiving, Giving

Today, Zacchaeus may be fondly remembered as the wee little man in the Sunday school song; but for much of his life, he was ostracized by his community. He was the tax collector for Jericho. Not only was he hated for working hand-in-hand with the Roman Empire, but for being a cheat. No wonder those… Continue reading Searching, Finding, Receiving, Giving

Poetry: After the Snowstorm

I am walking In a pen-and-ink drawing Snow the lustrous linen paper Trees sketched neatly thereupon Sparrows stippling the space between   Then my children Dash onto the scene Coats of turquoise and coral and blue Sleds in other neon hues And brighter than all The incandescent color of laughter   Now I walk In… Continue reading Poetry: After the Snowstorm

More Snacks, Please!

Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!