How Do We Attain Authentic Peace?

Until it was pointed out to me years ago, I had never considered that Christ wishes for us to have peace-filled lives. Most, if not all, of the epistles begin with this greeting: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” - I Corinthians 1:3 How lovely to begin his letters to us with that message! It is… Continue reading How Do We Attain Authentic Peace?

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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

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

Discipline Leads to Contentment

I wish I had figured out long ago the secret to contentment. For years, I pushed through life accomplishing what I thought needed to be done, whether it involved home-schooling my children, volunteering at church, freelancing as a writer, or being a good wife. I am a perfectionist and tried to be the best at… Continue reading Discipline Leads to Contentment

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

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

Memorize & Meditate: II Timothy 2:15

As we begin a new home-schooling year (with two tenth-graders and a fourth grader!), I wanted to remind myself and my children just why we invest so much time and energy in our classroom each day. This will be their first memory verse of the year. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: II Timothy 2:15

Old Soul Quotes: Feast

We celebrated my daughter's birthday yesterday, and as we do for all special occasions, we had a meal that far exceeded our normal simple fare. Serving a feast to my family is a way to show them my love and bring them together, and the celebration inspired my word choice for today. But when thou… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Feast