It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

The book of Job concludes in a most satisfying way. Job’s re-reversal of fortune always makes me sigh with contentment and dash away a tear or two. As I read the last chapter, I noticed a verse that reminded me of the final scene from It’s a Wonderful Life, when George Bailey returns home to… Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

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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

Living What We Blog

Something I appreciate about the WordPress world is that its members present themselves as far less gilded and glossy than those who primarily use other social media platforms. The bloggers I read (mostly Christians) tend to be refreshingly honest, while still being encouraging and hopeful. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye… Continue reading Living What We Blog

Slight Adjustments

My family spent Memorial Day morning on a nearby lake, in our shiny new kayaks and an older canoe. Conditions were great: a bit overcast (not too much glaring sun), a little breezy, warm, and mosquito-free. My older two kids paddled along well in their single-person kayaks, while my husband and I piloted the canoe… Continue reading Slight Adjustments

When “No” Is the Godly Answer

Born a people-pleaser, I’ve said yes my entire life just to earn others’ esteem. I’ve also agreed to take on projects because I knew I’d feel guilty if I didn’t, in light of the person asking for the favor. They would never turn me down if asked them, I’d think. And then I’d find myself immersed… Continue reading When “No” Is the Godly Answer

Thank You, WordPress Community!

Since I began this blog about a year ago, my reasons for blogging have changed. At first, I blogged to hone my writing skills. My freelance work is steady, but assignments are generally weeks apart. Blogging provided needed practice.   As well, my posts provided a way to extend a branch to a community of… Continue reading Thank You, WordPress Community!

Distinctively Joyful

When I consider what separates Christianity from all other forms of religion, I see joy as one of our greatest distinctives. Not happiness, but joy:  deeply held hope, contentedness, peace, and optimism, no matter our circumstances. Sometimes, the small stuff can nearly overwhelm our joy: constant schedule interruptions, lack of sleep, friction with family members.… Continue reading Distinctively Joyful

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

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