October 2016

How to Keep Your Eyes Focused on God

I put on my first pair of corrective lenses in the seventh grade. While I can’t remember if headaches or blurry chalkboards prompted my parents to take me to the optometrist, I do remember being thrilled that my exam resulted in a pair of glasses. For the last twenty-five years, my glasses are the first thing I reach for each morning. Otherwise, everything is fuzzy. Crisp vision motivates [Read more...]

A Good Day for a Funeral

Today is a good day for a funeral. Let me explain why. I am a five-year-plan kind of girl. I set goals, map out a path, pray for God’s blessing, and get moving. Each new phase of life presents an opportunity to make a fresh plan. After high school, I set my sights on my degree, then marriage, motherhood, and owning a home. I took the steps necessary to get where I wanted to go. Delays and [Read more...]

How to Be an Extraordinary Blessing in an Ordinary World

Do you ever wish a kind, gentle Christian woman would hold your hand and help you figure out how to be a blessing to others? Titus 2:4 lays out the model for such a relationship: “By looking at [older women], the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives (MSG).” In her latest book, Listen, Love, Repeat: [Read more...]

Blowing Out the Birthday Candles: 39 Wishes

Birthdays naturally lead to introspection and projection. We look back on the years gone by and marinate in feelings of gratitude and/or regret. Maybe a dream or two comes into view as the lights from the birthday candles reflect in hopeful eyes. The big ones invite a different kind of personal insight. Eighteen brings big ideas about adulthood. Twenty-one allows new-found freedoms to [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing as Just a Mom

I’m a nurse. I’m an accountant. I work in real estate. Around the room, women introduced themselves to our new small group. A tender-hearted woman with dark, sincere eyes stated her name and added, “I’m just a mom.” Her gaze shifted to the floor as if she belonged on the bottom rung of whatever ladder these introductions created. I wanted to stop everything, draw [Read more...]

Numbers Make a Lousy God

Another rejection letter hit the inbox last week. A popular site for women sent out the woohoo’s and thank you’s on the latest round of submissions. Perhaps you received the polite “thanks for playing,” too. Did your heart sink a little? As I submit my words for approval and receive rejections (or worse, the rejection of silence), my writer heart sometimes sinks low. I [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Proverbs Come Alive for Your Kids

“Mama, will you read Proverbs to us?” my daughter sweetly asked as she climbed onto her top bunk. We are working our way through Proverbs, one chapter at a time. I was oh-so-tired, but how do you refuse a child’s request for wisdom? So, I read the next chapter which included this passage: Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense. A gadabout [Read more...]

She Reads Truth: The Story We All Share

Do you ever find yourself in the pages of a book or on the movie theater screen? The Little Mermaid captivated me in the junior high years. Emerging from childhood into adulthood isn’t a graceful transformation. Ariel knew exactly how I felt. I remember singing “Part of Your World” with such gusto and heart. Wandering free, wish I could be part of your world.  Ariel’s [Read more...]

The Heart of Hospitality

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”  ~Dr. Maya Angelou Chaperoning a middle school field trip is not everyone’s idea of a fun day, but I didn’t mind. I enjoyed spending time with my daughter and getting to know her friends. However, my comfort level dropped during lunch. Because we are fairly new, I didn’t know many parents on the [Read more...]