Paradise

Sitting by the bedside of loved one is difficult if you are not quite sure of that loved ones’ eternal destination. Looking back on conversations, one is tempted to second guess. Were the right things said? Could the Gospel have been presented a better way? What could have been said differently? I was expressing my…

Quench Not The Spirit

The pilot light in our basement fireplace is probably the most important light in our house during the winter and spring. That light helps control the temperature for the rest of the house. If that light goes out, our basement becomes very cold and miserable. Because heat rises, the rest of the house struggles to…

Winter Storms & Spring Blossoms

Written by Kaylen Balmer. It was spring; a hard winter was behind us. While on a casual morning walk, I saw something amazing that made me take a second look. I had passed a dogwood tree full of little buds ready to burst into life in a couple of weeks. I then noticed a dangling…

You Have a Gift

Written by Starry Heinze. About three years ago I came to the conclusion that we are gifted from the Lord. Yes, that is correct. We are all gifted – me, you, and the person next to you. My husband and I now live in Colorado, but Les grew up in Michigan, I grew up in…

Take Him At His Word

Written by Marilyn Stevens. I was quite young when my parents bought a farm in Ohio and moved my brother and me from West Virginia to a busy farm life. Growing up on a dairy farm taught us kids how to work as well as provided an abundance of good memories and object lessons for…

Have You Put On Your Shoes?

Written by Lynn Geiser. I have a confession to make: I LOVE SHOES! They don’t have to be expensive as long as they are “cute.” Spring and summer shoes are the cutest. One of my favorite pair of sandals is designed in such a way that a turquoise dragonfly extends across the top of my…

Speed Reading or Meditating?

My 4th grader and I were discussing her reading class the other day. She was explaining how she had to take reading comprehension tests. I had to laugh because when I was in 4th grade the trend was speed reading. My school had little reading machines – small windows that let the student read a…

When Life Hurts And Doesn’t Make Sense

Why does God allow pain? Why does evil so often seem to win? If God is so powerful and so good, why doesn’t He just stop all the mass shootings or sexual abuse or chronic pain or never-ending sickness? Can’t He see what’s going on? Does He even care? Why does He allow us to…

Lessons from the Kitchen

I love kitchen gadgets and appliances. Many years ago, I was with my husband in the hospital as he was recovering from gall bladder surgery. Being bored out of my mind, I watched an infomercial on a revolutionary pan that would make my life so much easier. By the time the infomercial was done, I…

Resolutions & Recommitments

Another new year means another examination of my life to figure out what I need to do to improve myself in the next year. Sometimes I love the “New Year’s resolution” idea. Sometimes I hate it. As women, I think we push so hard towards the end of the year with all of the expectations…

Peace Through the Changes

Happy New Year! In an ever-changing world of technology, I find it pretty funny that I am now writing for a blog. The Lord placed a burden in my heart to start a Christian ladies magazine many years ago. That burden continued through an amazing change in my life that I could have never have…

A Broken Spirit

I am my father’s daughter. With that said, I recently took on a project that was way above my head.  Tired of wiping fingerprints off my beloved kitchen table, I decided to be creative and mosaic the glass top. For a year or so, I researched and planned and then purchased the tools and stained…