The Influence of an Ordinary Day

It was an ordinary day in northern Arizona…that is if any day in northern Arizona can be considered ordinary. The crisp, brrrr-chill mornings with the smell of pine needles greeted us every day. Each morning as we walked out the door of our home, the scene was breathtaking. The majestic San Francisco Peaks and the…

Refuge in the Names of God

When we moved into the little house at the edge of the Vienna Woods, I had no idea what lay beyond our doorstep. As the kids and I ventured up a path through the trees, I saw the tower. It was tall and rather narrow with concrete walls, edged with stone work, curving upward in…

Glorious Rebirth

“I  was BORED  of having boys when we lived in Oklahoma!” “Mom, Ezra said I can’t marry Renee when we grow up! Is that true?” “Let me hold ‘Nee!” “Renee is a cutie-wootie.” Imagine these adoring statements being said in the endearing voices belonging to four little boys, and you’re picturing what I am blessed…

Thoughts from The Holy Land

I’m sitting here in Jerusalem. It is the night before the opening of the new embassy. The streets are packed and the air filled with excitement as it seems as all of Jerusalem is gathering at the Western Wall (otherwise known as the Wailing Wall). Young and old, with lots of strollers, gather and the…

God’s Gracious Gift

I have a hard time waiting, so it seems that is the area in which God has continued to test and strengthen me. My husband, Tim, and I were in a relationship for seven years before we were married in 2005. My wedding day was all I had hoped and waited for. I was done waiting…or…

Friends Like Iron

I grew up in a strong Christian home and community and attended college and grad school in my hometown, so I was surrounded by good Godly friends for the first 25 years or so of my life. However, since we have been in the army, Christian friends aren’t as common. That doesn’t mean I haven’t…

I’m Not Who You Think I Am

Some lessons are just hard to learn. It often seems as if I can never do it right. Sure, you may not see it. From the outside, I look like a fun, loving person who gets along with everyone—even perfect strangers! But on the inside, it’s a different story. I have my own agenda and…

The Choice is Yours

Many trials enter our lives without our permission or invitation. Some events are the consequences of sin while others arrive as unwelcome, seemingly unnecessary intrusions. A simple but thoughtless comment, a careless act or an annoying repetition can set our emotions spinning. Other trials are life changing, turning our world upside down. Whether simple or…

Motherhood…Who Knew?

Motherhood. As a little girl, I played with dolls, pretending and looking forward to being a mother. As a teenager, sometimes I vowed I would never do it like my mother, or maybe, I will do it just like my mother. My children love to tease me about how much I am just like my…

Ol’ Money Bags

I distinctly remember the day I gave my grandma the nickname “Ol’ Money Bags.” I was probably 6 or 7 years old, and I was spending the day with Grandma Mayhew, my favorite person in the world. We had just walked home from the bank where Grandma had cashed a check. I followed her into…