Nurturing A Quiet Heart

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of…

My Word for the Year: No Rights

Ok, so it’s actually two words, but I’m playing off an article I recently came across in which the writer stated her New Year’s Word for the Year: NO. NO to all of the committees she’s constantly asked to be on. NO to the outside writing jobs she’s asked to do. NO to the projects…

How Deep The Father’s Love

I have an amazing Dad. Just the other day, I was reflecting on him and on all the lessons he has taught me. So many life lessons are learned without our realization until we are grown and have raised our own children. My Dad is a military man, having had a career in the Air…

The Question of Wisdom & the Preciousness of God’s Word

The older I get (or I could say the further into life I get) the more I realize how often I struggle to know the best thing to do when confronted with a dilemma. I’m daily confronted with scenarios, largely but not completely, provided by my offspring which can leave me wondering how to handle…

A Worthwhile Winter

Winter is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is decidedly cold. Daylight is short and the dark of night seems long. The bright colors of spring and summer have long since faded, and the bronze tones of harvest have been reduced to dull brown. The seasons we associate with new growth and productivity…

My Transformed Candy Jar

A few years ago, I was at a ceramic shop in a town near where I live and there was a cute little jar that said “Thankful Jar.” I thought about what a great idea that was, went home, and immediately changed my useless candy jar into a thankful jar. Each time something happens that…

Help Me!

“Help me! Help me!” We came closer to the pleading person as we casually trekked along downtown Indianapolis on our way to a coffee break. It was a balmy day, and our son visiting from Chicago and our youngest granddaughter were with us. Our son wanted to visit “The Oldest Shoe Store in the United…

With My Whole Heart

My children had finished with school for the day, so I sent them outside to play. My boys love being outdoors, and they had been happily playing for about an hour when I called them in to do some chores. Their responses ranged from crying to asking to stay out longer. (Of course, my child…

Synge, Daunce, and Leepe

The book of Jonah may be one of the last books I’d turn to for an Advent reading; yet when our pastor started a new sermons series on Jonah this past Sunday, it didn’t take much digging to reach the heart of the Gospel. Most of us know the story. God sends Jonah to the…

No Need to Fear

Much in this world causes even the bravest to fear. Frightening scenarios occur around every corner. Our world is full of unrest and uncertainty. The problems facing our nation are unprecedented. The crisis doesn’t end when we turn off the evening news. The silencing of the outside noise only accentuates the conflict within many homes…