Who’s Guarding Your Word-Gate?

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. – Psalm 141:3 That verse was pinned to my cubicle wall at my first job after graduating college. As a proofreader, I dealt with written words all day, but I also dealt with office gossip. I quickly realized that this verse needed… Continue reading Who’s Guarding Your Word-Gate?

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Christ’s Pattern for Prayer

I don’t know about you, but sometimes…just occasionally….my mind wanders when I pray. In the morning, distractions of the day nudge their way into my thoughts, and at night, fatigue derails my train of thought completely. To get back on track, I recite a section of the Lord’s Prayer as a sort of category, and… Continue reading Christ’s Pattern for Prayer

Just Do the Thing

Last weekend, with joy and a few tears, we celebrated my oldest son’s sixteenth birthday. For Aidan, as for any American teenager, this birthday is a milestone because he’ll receive his driver’s license this year. And he’s earned it. He’s got a lot of common sense and good driving instincts, and he’s logged many hours… Continue reading Just Do the Thing

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

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

Five Lessons Learned from Silence

About the same time that I took a hiatus from blogging in November, I got sick, the kind of cold virus that takes a few weeks to run its course, complete with laryngitis. Losing my voice was the most frustrating part of the illness for me.  No shouting up the stairs when I needed one… Continue reading Five Lessons Learned from Silence

Old Soul Quotes: Choices

After some prayerful consideration and conversations with my family, I've decided to cut back on blogging (at least temporarily). Though I only post a few times each week, those posts take time that my family needs to invest in their lives, and that I need to invest in freelance work. I hope to continue posting… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Choices

Old Soul Quotes: Change & Transformation

The Midwestern world is transforming all around me. Harvest is over, and the leaves and temperatures are steadily falling, inspiring my theme of change & transformation today. Do you have any suggestions for next week's theme? Please leave them in the comments below. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Change & Transformation