• Open Doors

    The Day I Decided To Keep The Doors Open

    Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Rev 3:20)   Sometimes it’s difficult to keep the doors open.   “Make sure the doors remain closed.” It’s a thought…

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    A {Cookie} Recipe For Connection

    Cookies and connection go way back.   Throughout the generations, apron-covered grandmothers, relying on their superb homemaking skills, spent one afternoon after another baking cookies in their old-fashioned kitchens. Why? For the sole purpose of warming their loved-ones hearts with a plate of fresh cookies and a tall glass of cold milk.…

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    Words That Encourage

    “You’re very special!”   Those were the last words I whispered to my daughter as I gave her a squeeze and prepared to send her off to bed. When her body stiffened noticeably and she became quiet, I wondered if perhaps those words had made her feel uncomfortable. Early the…

  • Finding Yourself in nature

    Finding Yourself In Nature: When Nature Comes To The Rescue

    When the hustle and bustle of daily life starts to wear me down, it’s nature that comes to my rescue.   Whether it’s reading in the backyard hammock, digging my hands in the garden soil, taking a quick jaunt around the block, or spending the weekend at a cabin, I…

  • From shame to forgiveness An invitation to come to the table

    From Shame To Forgiveness: An Invitation To Come To The Table

    “Come to the table.” Those words. That invitation. That unbelievable invitation that is meant for each one of us. An invitation extended to us by Christ himself, to join him at the table. (See The Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14: 15-24) Christ was very good at preparing…

  • Solving puzzles with light

    Solving The Puzzles Of Life With Light

    There is so much about life that is good. There is so much about life that is bad.   At times the good and bad get all mixed up and jumbled together in my mind that, like puzzle pieces, it’s difficult for me to make sense of it all.  …

  • Fall Food Ramekins

    5 Fun Fall Food Ideas For Kids

    Listen. I know what it’s like to have picky kids at the dinner table. Not. Fun. Do yourself a favor and check out these five fun fall food ideas that will have even the pickiest of kids asking for more! Owl Veggie Tray Pull out a large cutting board and…

  • Fall Season

    15 Ways To Enjoy Nature During The Fall Season

    Pumpkin season. Sweater weather. Nature at its finest. Fall is my favorite time of the year. With the change in colors, the cooler temps, and a festive feel in the air, I always sense an urgency to get outside and enjoy mother nature as the fall season approaches. Thankfully, there…

  • Celebrating America On Independence Day

    My children love to celebrate holidays. All holidays. But especially Independence Day. Yesterday, when my daughter realized it was the day before the 4th of July and I (shame, shame) hadn’t put up any decorations, she immediately went to work searching the house for anything red, white, and blue. She…