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

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The Transformative Power of Poo

Yes, you read right. Poo has the power to transform. We’ve had a little flock of chickens for several years, and we have accumulated quite a pile of manure-laden straw cleaned from their coop. Last spring, we spread the composted straw and manure mixture over my perennial flower beds. It was a dirty and laborious… Continue reading The Transformative Power of Poo

Parenting According to Job

About fifteen years ago, when my two oldest children were toddlers, a violent windstorm swept through our neighborhood while my husband was at work. I recall looking through our large picture window as it rattled in its frame, seeing nothing but an opaque mass of swirling gray mixed with hailstones and bits of debris. I… Continue reading Parenting According to Job

Silvery Words

As I’ve been reading through Proverbs, I’ve been trying a read-and-pause approach with each verse: read, then pause and consider the deeper meaning of each verse with the help of the Holy Spirit. After all, he inspired the human writers of Scripture with the exact words he wanted them to use. The tongue of the… Continue reading Silvery Words

Nothing Between

We know that David was called a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14). If we desire that same designation, wouldn’t it be wise to study David’s thoughts and actions? Reading through the Psalms, I’ve noticed that David always poured out his honest, unrestrained emotions to the Lord. If David felt joyful, he lavishly… Continue reading Nothing Between

Pure

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8 A pastor my family regularly listens to highlighted this verse in a recent sermon, in a way I’d never considered before. How do we gain a pure heart? By becoming more like Christ. And how do we become more like Christ? By reading his words in Scripture… Continue reading Pure

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

Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

This past weekend, I undertook the longest fast I’ve ever done. I do intermittent fasting on a regular schedule, and generally do a 36- to 40-hour fast once each month (you can read about the whys and wherefores of those fasts here.) That monthly longer fast had gotten to be fairly straightforward, with few uncomfortable… Continue reading Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

Is It Well with Your Soul?

My daughter and I often spend our rides to her dance classes listening to our favorite Christian music. On Friday, we listened to hymns sung by the angelic-choir-like a capella group Voctave. One of their most exquisite arrangements is of the gorgeous old hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul.” (You can listen on Spotify.)… Continue reading Is It Well with Your Soul?