Time: Key to Developing Intimacy with God

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. – Mark 1:35-37 When Jesus spent… Continue reading Time: Key to Developing Intimacy with God

How to Have Devotions that Can Transform Your Life

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. – Psalm 5:3 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2 I'd like to preface this post… Continue reading How to Have Devotions that Can Transform Your Life

When Your Husband Cuts Your Hair

In an effort to stretch family funds, I have become a do-it-yourselfer in many areas through the years. Long ago, I started cutting my own hair, and I eventually learned to do my family’s as well. (YouTube and a bit of trial and error can teach anything.) My hairstyle is pretty straightforward, medium-length and layered,… Continue reading When Your Husband Cuts Your Hair

Worshiping in Luxury

Weather permitting, I have my devotions on my front porch. I’ve intentionally outfitted it with comfortable outdoor furniture, pillows, plants, candles, and a soft wind chime, so that it will be an inviting retreat for private devotions or family time.   One morning last week, as I lay on the wicker couch there listening to… Continue reading Worshiping in Luxury

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

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

When Something Just Doesn’t Feel Right

My husband’s job as a city firefighter requires twenty-four-hour shifts. He works one full day, and then is off the next two days. The day that he’s on shift, my kids and I keep ourselves as busy as possible – not a difficult prospect, considering all the chores required to maintain our house and seven-acre… Continue reading When Something Just Doesn’t Feel Right

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)

The Lone Bean

My nine-year-old has long been a picky eater. He can take or leave most fruit, though these days he is finally eating apples and even enjoys a blended mix of berries stirred into yogurt. He doesn't like a single vegetable, unless you count mashed, fried, or somehow casseroled potatoes, and sweet corn when it's fresh… Continue reading The Lone Bean

An Appointment with God

Every morning, I have a standing appointment with my daughter to exercise together either on our back deck, as the sun rises through the trees at the rear of our property, or in our garage. If we have to get up exceptionally early, we miss the occasional workout, but we're pretty consistent otherwise. I've also… Continue reading An Appointment with God