The Bonds We Share

The apostle Paul knew what it was like to be bound. He was familiar with prison walls. So he was qualified to speak something on the matter. He taught: (more…)

Courage

"Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you." (Bethany Hamilton) I knew the moment I shared this quote with my daughter two days ago that she had had a lightbulb moment; I saw it in her eyes, in the way she tilted her head and glanced up towards the ceiling. "Oh..." she said...Read More

Spring Tea Party Discussion

Last year my girls and I hosted our first Spring Tea Party Discussion. We invited a few friends and neighbors to our home and kept the preparation simple. The girls dressed up as princesses and sat at their own fancy table outside. The women sat around the kitchen table, which was decorated with fresh flowers and place cards specially made...Read More

Comfort Zone

"Mom, is it a good thing to step outside my comfort zone?" asked my daughter. "Yes," I said, giving her a cautious motherly glance, "as long as there is little risk for bodily harm." "Oh, no need to worry about that," she giggled. {silence} "It's just that stepping outside your comfort zone is a hard thing to do," she finally whispered. "Yes, that's...Read More

An Adventure Awaits

  It was a hot afternoon when my children and I stepped outside our house, flyers in hand, and peered down the street.   “Which houses should we visit?” I asked. Our first choice was an easy one–the house across the street. Charles and Judy, our adopted grandparents, are some of our favorite neighbors. We invite them to everything. They...Read More

Seeds To Plant

A CALL TO PRACTICE HOSPITALITY The Bible teaches much about hospitality. Abraham, Lot....while much has changed since biblical times, Hospitality has a place in our lives too. We have many opportunities, both inside and outside our homes, to show/extend hospitality: "God has beautifully designed each one of us to be His Ambassadors…his hands and feet to carry His love to...Read More

Handmade, With Love

Standing in the back yard on a beautiful fall afternoon, it occurred to me how wonderful it would be to not have any obligations that day…to just be able to stay at home and relax. But no, we had committed to provide an activity for a few homeless children that night, which would mean a trip to the store, a couple hours worth of preparation,...Read More

Mutual Respect

Recently, I flipped through the pages of a religious magazine that was hiding in a stack of magazines in our living room and was stunned by what I read. The pages were filled with scripture, inspiring words, and eternal truths. I was so moved that, several days later, I finally asked my husband, "You know that religious magazine in the...Read More

11 Ways Christ Taught To Love

Eleven ways Christ taught to love and connect with others: 1. He made time for others. 2. He made room in his life to develop and maintain friendships. 3. He lived his life among people; he was not a loner living in isolation. 4. He was real, authentic, relatable—he did not consider himself better than those he served. 5. He...Read More