Don’t Think, Just Do

A favorite YouTuber recently reminded me of a philosophy she often applies to exercise: don’t think, just do! As I’m the type who tends to overthink just about everything, I need to apply this when I’m headed to do a workout or a particular exercise that I know will be tough – pull-ups or lunge… Continue reading Don’t Think, Just Do

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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

Pride, or Pleasure?

My daughter, Shae, whom many of you know from her blogs Teen, Meet God and Shae’s Days, completed her annual dance recital (three performances) this past Friday and Saturday. I marvel when I watch my daughter dance. She has been blessed with the genes and talent (none from me!) necessary to become an accomplished performer. But… Continue reading Pride, or Pleasure?

Apron Spaces

Called the “Mother of Methodism,” Susanna Wesley is famed for being the mother of Methodist Church founders John and Charles Wesley. But she gave birth to twenty-two children in all, many of whom died as infants. For those children who lived, she determined to spend individual time with each throughout the week, and she dedicated… Continue reading Apron Spaces

Self-Care, or Narcissism?

It has been an interesting week in my household, to say the least. On Monday, we celebrated the passing into Heaven of my husband’s grandmother at her beautiful funeral service. (You can read more about that here.) For me, Tuesday was taken up with the completion of a writing deadline. Deadlines are nothing new to… Continue reading Self-Care, or Narcissism?

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

Nightly Prayers

You all were so kind regarding my poem, "The Gardener," that I thought I'd share another recent piece. I hope you'll enjoy, and please feel free to share your thoughts and critiques in the comments. Nightly Prayers Kneeling by her window at night Peering upward She prays Sky so high above her Starrier the longer… Continue reading Nightly Prayers

The Man Who Obeyed without Question

God in his wisdom included many examples in Scripture of men who questioned God and lacked faith. With their human frailties, these people are a reminder that God can transform the most flawed among us in order to accomplish his will. But a shining example of one who showed great faith was Abraham, who never… Continue reading The Man Who Obeyed without Question

Memorize & Meditate: I Corinthians 15:57-58

Sometimes, the sheer amount of work that must be accomplished at my house can be a bit overwhelming. (I'm sure you can relate!) But whether it's school work or house work, paid work or volunteer work, it's a comfort to know that God values, assists, and rewards hard work done for his glory. But thanks… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: I Corinthians 15:57-58

Memorize & Meditate: I Timothy 4:12

(Note: I scheduled this to be published on Monday as usual, and although it showed up on my site, it didn't seem to appear on the reader. So we'll try this again!) This week's passage contains powerful and inspiring words for Christian kids, who need support in a world that sometimes judges them unfairly or… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: I Timothy 4:12