Category: Encouragement

Healing our nation at the cellular level

I can’t think of anything more polarizing these days than my social media feed. It’s easy to sit with my device and post arguments and counter-arguments, but it’s a whole different conversation with a family member, church connection, co-worker, or friend, face-to-face.  Social media affords…

Dog Therapy

These two make my world a much happier place. I need happy right now and thought maybe you could use some too. Yo. That’s good stuff! What? You’re taking pictures of this?! Sheesh Mom, stop embarrassing me with all the photos. Would y’all stop…

Fear and Truth

Its tendons tighten ‘round her throat Fear’s icy fingers grip A lullaby in minor chord  Echoes from fear’s lips  Why isn’t she better? The words bounce ‘round Why is it taking so long? Did we do the right thing? Did we make the right…

Rest

I heard the voice of Jesus say come unto me and rest… But what about our sick child? Come unto me and rest… What about our finances?  Come to me and rest…  What about our loved one slowly succumbing to dementia? Come unto me…

Musings from a $1.50 retreat 

Sometimes gifts come in the most unsuspecting ways, like several weeks ago when I picked up a book for $1.50 at a thrift store. I was taking my mother-in-law to an appointment and she loves to stop by thrift stores along the way. The…

Beauty from ashes

Nearly every day I travel the same road and turn at this intersection where a house once stood. The vacant house burned to the ground a few months ago.  The rubble so changed the landscape that the first time I went that way after…

Oops… cookie bars and accidental soup 

There are times I want cookies, but don’t feel like scooping out all the dough. That’s when I make my desired cookie recipe and bake it like bars. (This chocolate chip recipe also makes a great crust for a sweetened cream cheese layer and…

Unclenching my grasp and breathing peace 

Eight years ago I was balancing work and a newborn baby. My job as a staff-writer for a local community paper allowed me to work from home at times.  One morning I opened my work email and in place of my signature and work…

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Autumn has always been my favorite season. Initially I was going to name this my obligatory thanksgiving post, but there’s nothing obligatory about it. I wouldn’t have to share anything publicly, but I truly can’t help it….

More than we can handle

I’ve never subscribed to that tired worn-out cliche that “God won’t give us more than we can handle.” We WILL at some point or other go through more than we can handle, (whether it comes from God or not is perceived by the individual,)…

Of kings, horses, politics, and hope

“Some trust in chariots, some in horses…” Psalm 20:7a (NIV) I have known this to be true literally and figuratively. I still have a copy of the letter my mom received by the Old Order Mennonite couple who bought our buggy when mom left…

Anguish, Bitterness, Hope

Words stir deep within, swirling up to my head, but I have been unable to type or speak them. A friend calls, crying, concerned about a loved one’s recent diagnosis. Another texts memorial service information for a small child. At church, we gather around…

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