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New Year, New Word…Same God

New Year, New Word…Same God

This week marks the beginning of a new year with so many possibilities ahead. Coffee dates with friends. Bible studies with a small group. Trails to hike. Books to read. Stories to create. Meals to fix. Love to share. But things don’t always go according to plan! Case in point: 2023. I started off last year full of HOPE that we would get through the myriad of details to finalize my mother-in-law’s estate. ?Then we

Bring on the Merry this Christmas

Bring on the Merry this Christmas

Christmas is just a week away and I’ve already been given the perfect gift. My salvation, of course. Along with God’s forgiveness, presence, comfort, wisdom, and so on. But I’m also talking about my restored health. Glimpses of creativity after such a long drought. A light at the end of the reconstruction tunnel and knowledge this estate-business marathon is (finally!!!) reaching the finish line.  And a renewed purpose because I know what i was created

Snowstorms and Sovereignty

Snowstorms and Sovereignty

This. This is my son’s car last Sunday morning. Look closely and you can see his windshield wipers (that he’d lifted so they wouldn’t freeze to the glass), one headlight, and part of a wheel. On Saturday evening, there were flakes falling…but only wet pavement. So while the weatherman had predicted such a storm, we were still surprised to see this when we awoke. And that was before it continued blizzarding all day Sunday leaving

Seize every moment…and change the world one heart at a time.

Seize every moment…and change the world one heart at a time.

Earlier this month, I joined hundreds of others in a celebration of life for a world changer…and walked away challenged anew to make every moment count as I pursue my calling. I first met Pastor Russ Frase when he moved his family from Texas to help plant a new satellite church in the Denver area in conjunction with the church body where my dad was a pastor. His daughter was a year older than me and

What Could Possibly Be Good About Good Friday?

What Could Possibly Be Good About Good Friday?

I’m about to celebrate my birthday on Good Friday. And while I’m not about to tell you how many trips this makes around the sun, the ironic juxtaposition of celebrating my life on the same day commemorating Jesus’ horrific execution on a Roman cross was not lost on me. After all, what could possibly be good about Good Friday? Except it’s only because of Good Friday that I’ve experienced true life. This week, sandwiched between

When Relationship and Faith Go Hand in Hand

When Relationship and Faith Go Hand in Hand

My Word for 2019 is Relationship, but during in my quiet time, the concept of Faith kept popping up over and over and over again. Looking back, I can see that it was partially to prepare me for my husband’s job jump by taking a step of faith (see last week’s blog for those details!). But the more I’ve thought about it, I’ve discovered the deeper truth that relationship and faith go hand in hand.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Take a Leap of Faith?

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Take a Leap of Faith?

My husband and I recently took a leap of faith…and in the process, our faith was challenged. For me, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the amazing love of God and I wanted to share the experience with all of you, hoping you too find encouragement in whatever situations you are currently facing. First, a little background. My husband is a public school math teacher in a district that is quickly becoming more and more

Never Underestimate Those Angels Watching Over You

Never Underestimate Those Angels Watching Over You

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” ~ Psalm 91:11 NIV A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to escape to the mountains for a writing retreats with several author friends. We’d spend all day working on our various projects and then meet up for dinner to relax and regroup before getting back to work. The isolation away from my dusty house, piles of laundry, and

Exhale Stress and Inhale Hope This Season

Exhale Stress and Inhale Hope This Season

Anyone else stressed that there’s only one week to go until Christmas? Maybe it’s time to exhale stress and inhale hope this season. The college boy got home in the middle of the night. The high school boy is approaching finals later this week. The Princess and her father both have work. And I’ve got detailed lists of work and writing things I still need to do  so I can take a break for our

Focus On Love – The Ultimate Sacrifice

Focus On Love – The Ultimate Sacrifice

This week is the perfect week to focus on the ultimate sacrifice of love. Between Palm Sunday and Easter, Jesus walked an unfathomable road to lay aside His supernatural rights, submit himself to unjust human authority, face false accusations, bear the weight of our collective guilt, endure a brutal beating and humiliating (torturous) execution on a cross…and then descend to the depths where He defeated Death and rose again in order to give us new