• Faith,  Purpose,  Trust the Process,  Trusting God

    Why We Must Spring Forward and Never Fall Back

    Here in the United States, we recently changed our clocks by “springing forward an hour”, giving us more daylight in the evening hours. I love this time of year and really enjoy the vibrancy this change brings. I learned today there is a bill in the Senate, called the Sunshine Protection Act, that advocates for keeping this time change permanent, meaning we would not “fall back” in November. I have been wanting this for years and I really hope it passes.  In addition to the time change, this weekend also marked the one year anniversary of when our country shut down in response to the COVID pandemic. After the year…

  • Brave,  Purpose,  Valentine's Day

    A Galentine’s Celebration

    On a routine trip to the store last week, I heard the words. “I don’t want to be alone on Valentine’s Day.” They were not my words but, even more startling, that of a young lady who appeared to be in her late teens. She was walking by the Valentines display as I heard her explaining to her friend how she did not really want to accept the offer for a dinner date from a young man because she really wasn’t interested but she was likely going to say yes because she didn’t want to spend Valentine’s Day alone. Her friend verbally confirmed that yes, spending Valentine’s Day alone would…

  • Brave,  Faith,  Purpose,  Surrender,  Trust the Process,  Trusting God,  Unexpected Series

    God’s Tender Healing in Unexpected Brokenness

    Recently, I’ve been watching birds more, taking notice of their movement patterns. Some days, it’s the cardinal who stops long enough to garner my attention, or the geese flying in a V-shaped pattern overhead. God created them with a purpose and instinct for survival. Maybe we are more like birds than we think? I’ve often thought of marriage as an eagle with the husband and the wife each serving as a wing to one body. When both wings work together, they serve to elevate the body and propel the eagle in an upward direction. This allows the eagle to soar and beautifully glide, allowing all who see it to marvel…

  • Patience,  Purpose,  Surrender,  Trust the Process

    Sweet Refinement

    My oldest daughter loves to bake and her latest artistic endeavor has been cake decorating. I’m not much of a baker with the exception of special events or holidays so we don’t often have a surplus of ingredients in our pantry. Not long ago, my daughter baked a cake and as she was preparing the frosting, realized we were out of powdered sugar. I offered her a jar of pre-made frosting but that was not going to work for her creation. She had specific plans for this cake and wanted it made to her specifications. A few moments later, I heard a different sound from the kitchen. My daughter proudly…