In Everything Give Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m taking today’s post to turn my thoughts toward gratitude and being thankful. If you’re anything like me, we tend to think in terms of “I’m thankful for …” and the list usually includes family, friends, a job, and health. But what if life isn’t going so well? What if your health (like mine) isn’t great? What if there are relationship problems with your spouse, teenager, or grown child? What if

Parenting Outside the Plan

When I grew up, I wanted to be a Mommy like the ones I’d seen on TV. The ones with the loving children who got along. The ones who wore a string of pearls while fixing meals from scratch. The ones whose biggest parenting problems were easily solved within half an hour and whose houses always looked super-clean. Well, I grew up. And became a Mom whose family bears little resemblence to the fictional ones

Windmills – Power From Pain

Here in northern Colorado, we have fields of gigantic windmills. Called wind farms, these rows of enormous metal wind turbines bear little resemblance to what I traditionally picture when I think of a windmill. But the concept is the same. It’s all about turning wind energy into rotational energy. The wind blows and pushes the blades, vanes, or sails, causing them to turn in a circle. Through a series of gears, this rotation is transformed

Staying In the Lines

Brrrmmmp, brrrmmmp. Brrrmmmp, brrrmmmp. While driving hundreds of miles on our recent family vacation, it’s a noise we heard several times on the highway. It wasn’t coming from the countless road construction projects we passed. No. This unusual sound came from special ridges carved into the surface of the road to warn drivers that they had crossed the lines and were headed off the road into danger.   The sudden sound is enough to rouse

Taking a Break

Ever pushed yourself to reach ambitious goals? It’s difficult finding the balance between pursuing a dream and realistically counting the cost. And not just the financial cost. But the effects on our families, work performance, relationships, health, and sanity. If you don’t take the time to make consistent deposits, you’ll find yourself overdrawn. Which is where I find myself. I adjusted my daily routines to account for having the family around the house this summer.

He Comforts Me

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 NIV) The path I follow sometimes leads through very dark places. Where dangers lurk in the shadows and I can get easily spooked. If not for the calming presence of my Shepherd and the protection of his rod and staff. My path has

The Race Marked Out

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” ~Hebrews 12:1b I’m in training to run life’s race with perseverance and I hope to finish strong. But, which race am I running? The race marked out for me. That means there is a road I should take to reach my destination. A path marked by the course official. Discovering that route can be a challenge and we’ll save that topic for another day.

Contentment

“I have learned to be content with whatever I have” ~ Phil. 4:11 My journey hasn’t been easy. Chronic fatigue syndrome. A child with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. Another child with allergy-induced asthma. Extremely tight finances. A manuscript rejected – several times. Have I ever wished things were different? You bet. Am I learning to be content? Absolutely. Because contentment is not desiring more than what I have. Being satisfied. Not wishing I was someplace

Running on Empty

I’m in the middle of a long list of errands when a chime dings inside the car. Short on time before I need to be across town to pick up the kindergartner from school, I glance at the dashboard and groan. A tiny gas pump is illuminated beside the gauge that is currently hovering near a red line marked with a capital letter E. I make a quick mileage calculation. How much further can I

Road Trip – Packing

Now that we know the destination of our road trip, it’s time to pack our bags. But, before I toss anything into a suitcase or duffle, I need a little information. So I can plan accordingly and be prepared when I reach my destination. What will the weather be like? Snowy or sunny or rainy? What activities will I be doing while there? Swimming at the beach? Rock climbing? Skiing? Exercising? Five star restaurants or