Ankle Weights on Chickens

This spring and early summer, an unusual amount of rain fell here in Central Illinois. Rivers were swollen, fields were flooded, and farmers had to delay planting. Even our property on high ground was affected, especially our chicken run, which turned into a chicken wallow, rather than the dusty stretch of bare dirt it usually… Continue reading Ankle Weights on Chickens

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Personal Needs

I have Tuesdays earmarked as the day to pray for personal needs each week. Some months ago, I separated my prayer list into categories (missionaries, family and friends, church members, etc.), so that I could spend more focused, intentional time praying for fewer requests each day. Tuesdays ended up being my “personal needs” day. And… Continue reading Personal Needs

Great (Vacation) Expectations

In early July, my family took a brief vacation during which we stayed at a home on a pond, near St. Louis. We found the place through HomeAway (an online service through which people list their rental homes or cottages), and the reviews for it were glowing. We hoped it would be the best of… Continue reading Great (Vacation) Expectations

History

We celebrated my son Rowan’s tenth birthday on Saturday. It’s difficult to believe that my youngest is an entire decade old! At our house, birthday parties include viewing DVD’s and scrapbooks of our kids’ younger days. We laugh and reminisce about all their firsts: first steps, first words, first birthdays, and first public performances, for… Continue reading History

To Do, Or Not To Do

As I write, it’s eight o’clock on a dewy summer morning here in the farmlands of the Midwest. Earlier, I worked out with my daughter, though I had to cut my session short because of a minor shoulder injury. After that, I cleaned and refilled my birdfeeders. The hummingbirds in particular appreciate a clean feeder… Continue reading To Do, Or Not To Do

Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Tuesday is pull-up day in the workout schedule my daughter and I follow. Without many preliminaries, my daughter and I head to the garage first thing in the morning, where she leads off, cranking out rep after rep without assistance during her first set. I, on the other hand, am not nearly so advanced. I… Continue reading Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Longing Souls

One of my favorite new YouTube speakers is evangelist Greg Laurie. While I was getting ready for church this morning, I listened to a sermon he delivered about the empty place within all of us that only God can fill. For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:9 Laurie gave example after… Continue reading Longing Souls

Stubborn as a Child

My youngest son, Rowan, is the type of child that determines his preferences based on his own logic, and no one else’s. We cannot counsel or cajole him into liking anything, be it a new food, game, or other activity. So, Rowan is often compelled to try things. It’s not that he’s disobedient – just… Continue reading Stubborn as a Child

Wearing the Cross, Bearing the Cross

My daughter, Shae, has long worn a simple, contemporary stainless steel cross necklace. It’s sort of her signature, and it exemplifies her desire to incorporate Christ into every part of her life. For about ten years, I’ve had my own cross necklace, a gift from my husband. It’s simple as well, with a slightly Celtic… Continue reading Wearing the Cross, Bearing the Cross