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A new and different kind of Joy.

Our congregation planted a tree in honor of our elder. The children of the church helped pile the dirt over the roots. The grandchildren of our elder watered the soil and (with assistance) lowered the tree into the hole. This was an emotional few minutes. My sweet Madilynn (who...

Always Keep it Simple

Occam’s Razor originally written in Latin is translated “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily”. This has often been simplified to “the simplest solution is usually the correct one.” A later quote by Einstein enforces the original intent, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” When...

Then we Made Memories

Today is Veteran’s Day. Nine years ago, this day held much less significance in my life. Then, everything changed. Eight and a half years ago, I married a soldier. By Veteran’s Day 2007, we faced our first deployment while I was pregnant with Dietrich. We realized the value of...

Chaos: When Mr. Murphy Moves in

Sometimes in life, everything goes according to plan – that is the first plan you make, without a hitch. Other times, Mr. Murphy himself seems determined to work against all of your plans. Over the past year, we’ve had a large share of the latter. Over the last week,...

Praying in the Cold

As the weather changes and the temperature begins to cool, grief looms at the doorway. Sometimes he intrudes in every room of the house. Other times, he takes up residence somewhere visible, knowing he can be seen yet without making a scene. Very rarely, he spills out from every...

Through the Mystery of Uncertainty, Just Breathe

I think too much. I ruminate. Worry. Obsess even, at times. I have an arsenal of Scripture for comfort, calming or to confront the lies behind the fears during these times. Unfortunately, my children seem to possess many of my anxious tendencies. Daily, I remind my seven-year-old that he...

Three of Me

As I put my shoes on this morning, in preparation to leave for story time at the library, I thought how wonderful it would be to have an extra me to stay home and get things done. Then I added a third me to that because I most wanted to...

The superstition of sleep deprivation

It is a myth, a complete superstition that one can catch up on sleep. How do I know? Even after attempting to catch up by taking a much-needed nap (as often as I can arrange it), I’m still tired. Sometimes, even more exhausted than when I started. I often...

No Shame in the Light

I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Psalm 34:4-5 NLT I discovered this verse earlier this year. Since then, it...

A Flood of Memories

Some posts contain affiliate links. By purchasing through the link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Sometimes, the smallest trigger floods the mind with memories. When I vacuum, I remember the mother of a college friend. She cleaned houses to earn extra money to...