after the decorations are gone

The days after Christmas. Memories of the laughter. The time spent with family. The remnants of gifts not yet put away. The lazy days. The leftovers. Naps. Netflix. The promise of a new year. With this promise each year also comes the burning desire to reclaim the space in my house. Get back into my [...]

Individually molded to be different

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8 My son loves to cook. He enjoys buying new cookbooks, and learning how to use new kitchen gadgets, and is drawn to any nifty "cooking kit." Gingerbread men were no exception this past Christmas, and he tackled [...]

One Word: Surrender

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Isaiah 43:18-19 Oh, the promise of the New Year. A chance to make changes. Try something new. Correct all that was wrong with the past year. Time to make a list of new goals, most of which will be [...]

To the Mom Wondering Where She Went Wrong

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 Dear Mom, I see you there. Weary. Worried. Wondering where you went wrong. I know you worry about judgment, condemnation, and the whispers that you must have done something wrong. There must be something you did for [...]

One Word-Perseverance

I like to think I have a way with words, with at least the written words that express my thoughts, my emotions, my desires. However, sometimes choosing just one word becomes a little more daunting. Last year I joined a group of women in an on-line bible study in which I participate in choosing one [...]