The New Normal

My favorite moment of the day today. Lying on the grass gazing up at the sky through the still leafless tree branches. My whole family sitting on blankets all around me, eating, talking, playing, and enjoying the warm Spring weather. Along with night time games of hide and go seek, movie nights and more time…

1 Corinthians Through New Eyes

Have you ever read a verse a thousand times, and know it so well that you can quote it by heart without even trying? There are verses in the Bible that we memorized as kids and now as adults they are so familiar we almost sing through them. We love these verses so much but…

Quarantined With Kids

Congratulations! With the extended school break due to Covid-19 you have been initiated into the wonderful world of homeschooling! Don’t worry, you’re not a bad mom if your initial reaction was terror as you read that email from the school pushing back the start date. And what! They also want you to teach your child…

A Biblical Perspective on the Corona Virus

Are you worried about the corona virus? Maybe you really don’t know what to think because there is so much information and it is frequently conflicting. As we look around our own community today, events, sports, and schools are slowly starting to cancel one by one. As I am writing this, I just found out…

A Better Way

I’m in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. I’m watching a little boy misbehave and disobey one of the workers there. The worker’s name is Anna. I wait to see what she will do. How will she get this little boy to follow directions and stop misbehaving? What would I do? After bending low and…

Bringing Your Missions Trip Back Home.

I just returned yesterday with a team from an amazing missions trip to the Dominican Republic. This morning as I am getting back to “real life” I am experiencing some typical post missions trip emotions. I learned so much on this trip and had so many amazing experiences. I am so glad to be home…

How to help when you feel helpless.

Last night I watched my 9 year old son Liam writhing in pain from a stomach virus that is going through our house. He asked me repeatedly for some medicine to help him but I knew (from experience) that medicine would not help him until he was done throwing up. It was the worst feeling…

Three helpful tips to spend more time with God in 2020

Benjamin Franklin said, “Lost time, can never be found again.” For me, this time of year always causes me to “take inventory” of my life. When I look back on this year and think about how I spent my time, I’m happy to report some successes and if I’m honest I would have to report…

Joy to the World #3

Sharing your joy with others In the last two blog posts in this series, we have had the opportunity to learn about and meditate on the gift of joy that God gave to us. We have seen that joy is an attitude more than a feeling and we can experience it no matter what is…

Joy to the World #2

Experiencing fullness of joy ( #2 in a series of 3 blog posts) In my last post we looked at the Biblical definition of Joy. I used this definition from the Bible project: “The attitude God’s people adopt, not because of happy circumstances but because of the hope in God’s love and promise.” In this…