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Giving Up

Yesterday, our preacher taught about the Wealth of Generosity (2 Corinthians 8:1-5). The beginning of the year is a good time to focus on fundamentals, like giving. The serendipitous part is that I was already forming my own thoughts on this topic. At first, I thought it would be...

The Power of a Single Word

A few years ago, I read a blog post about choosing a word for the year, instead of a list of resolutions. I adopted this, sort of, but didn’t really focus on the word with intention. At the end of 2019, I revisited this idea. The word you choose...

A Year of Reading

In 2021, I listened to 29 books on Audible. Most of these listens were with my children and a few were on my own. In addition to Audible listens, I also read through the Bible in a Year. We also read many physical books and articles on a daily...

Lessons from Percy Jackson

Not to be left out of this year’s reading (listening to) books while traveling, Dietrich chose the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. We listened to these books on our longer trips, to and from visits with family, often finishing them while driving around town or sitting in the...

Provision and Gratitude

Tonight, I picked Dietrich up from youth devo and learned a valuable lesson. As is our custom, I asked him what they ate, which song he picked, if they sang a certain fun song, and about the devotional talk. In the course of this discussion Dietrich said, “History looks...

Lessons from the Hiding Place

In addition to listening to books with Madilynn, I also enjoy listening to books on my way to and from my vendor events. I typically pick a self-development type book or something completely frivolous and entertaining (my music playlist is equally ecclectic). Occasionally, I pick a novel or narrative....

Lessons from the Little House series

When I was a little girl, I read the Little House series. Madilynn and I listened to the entire series this semester on our way to and from ballet (and a few other trips or quiet times sitting in the house). The books I read belonged to my mom...

A Hammer and Sword

Every time I read through the Bible, I linger over Nehemiah. In part because of a lesson learned at the Euro-American retreat that changed how I saw this passage, but also because the remnant of Isreal faced great opposition with little (worldly) hope of overcoming. By the world’s standards,...

The Last Seven Takes

When we returned Stateside, I took my blogging in a new direction. I connected with other bloggers and found link-ups. I even had a few articles published (or re-published) on other websites. One of the bloggers I connected with is Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum, who hosts Seven...

I Still Believe

In June of 2020, I did a video and blog post about what I believe. Here is a short excerpt for that post:  I believe that while we don’t all have the same talents or opportunities, we all have free will and the ability to choose another path. If...