Last spring, my church suffered heartbreak like it had not experienced in all of its thirty years. Though my husband and I had only been members of the congregation for just over a decade, we, too, were devastated by our losses. It seemed like every week another family left the fellowship—our church family began, Read More

As I sat down to have my quiet time with the Lord, I read in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Always” devotional – “strive to live more fully in the present, refusing to worry about tomorrow.”  Those words really hit me hard, as I had been struggling with a health issue – one for which I, Read More

We have all been there…the squat set that you do when you just don’t think you can do one more round…the leaps you do when your legs feel like noodles…the push up you can’t wait to finish because you just aren’t sure you have even one more in those arms of yours. Yes, it’s, Read More

When my children were little I used to put my love for them in action by singing to them to calm them. Simple tunes like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” and my favorite—“Jesus loves me, this I know.” As they grew, I would play music while driving around on errands and we would all sing, Read More

Like most high school students, getting up while it’s still dark outside was not one of my favorite things, but if you’re on a team or a member of a club you sometimes had to get to school really, really early to catch the traveling activity bus. This was often my reality as a, Read More

You’ve heard of people training to improve their fitness level, training for a marathon, or training for a career. But training for peace?  Really?  How does that work? When you think of experiencing peace, you may think of walking on the beach on a sunny day.  Sure, it’s easy to have peace on these, Read More

Are you considering giving something up for Lent? Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is February 28th and Ash Wednesday is March 1st. This marks the beginning of the 40 day period leading up to Easter. Fat Tuesday has turned into a no-holds-barred party of indulging in anything and everything that anyone would like in preparation, Read More

Author Dick Eastman suggests in his book The Hour that Changes the World [1] to divide an hour into twelve, five minute periods. During each period, one prays a different type of prayer presented graphically in a Prayer Wheel. At first, I could not comprehend praying for an hour. I started with twelve minutes—one minute for, Read More

If someone were to ask me what my priorities are, my answers would be fairly altruistic. I would probably rattled off a list that included my faith, my family, my work and my friends. I’d imagine your list would be pretty similar. Now, what if, instead of asking for your self-reported list of priorities,, Read More

Have you ever heard a song and felt the lyrics were written just for you? As I was walking on the beach early one morning I had my earphones on and was listening to the music of our new Body & Soul session, “What’s Next?” The song This is Living by Hillsong Young &, Read More