God Leads Me

Waking up in the darkness, I feel the weight of corona fatigue. Longing for the brightness of the elusive return to normal, I get ready to face the day. Morning is usually my best time of day. I don’t necessarily spring out of bed all perky and raring to go (actually, that never happens), but…

The Light He Shows Me

In the middle of a quiet night, a tired mama reaches for her crying baby.  She rests her weary body into the rocker and slowly begins the rhythmic routine of feeding, burping, and rocking.  Her steady breathing and silent prayers produce a calm over this treasured bundle.  Her fatigue fights to win as she soothes…

Waking to the Faithfulness of God

This past summer, most mornings I waited and watched as the sun made its slow ascent over the hill behind our farm, streaming light through the enormous Douglas firs of our forest and illuminating my little corner of the world with its warmth. Sunrise and Coffee became part of the liturgy of my summer days. …

Let There Be Light

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:20-21 NIV….

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to Perfection

I’ve always expected perfection from myself. But I’m always disappointed. My husband tells me I’m unrealistic since none of us are perfect except Christ. I know I fall dismally short of His example, but from an early age, that has been my longing.  My story: I grew up in a loving home filled with laughter,…

Mileposts Worth Measuring

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 Sixteen times I have stood in the doorway of an empty room and looked back. Sixteen times I have uttered a deep sigh and whispered a heartfelt prayer. Sixteen times I have taken a step toward…

Finding God’s Familiar Face in the Fire

The air took on an apocalyptic crimson hue due to the wildfires ravaging entire towns.  Just thirty minutes from my home the fires were raging and blanketing the air with smoke, so the decision to seek out cleaner air was made. Our home is outside of the evacuation zone, but the hazardous air and coughing…

The God Who Holds Tomorrow

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also,  seek peace and prosperity in the city to which…

Which Tale Should I Tell?

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11 (NIV) I could tell you my story as a tale of woeHighlighting trauma from ages ago I could tell you my story as…

Weariness and Renewal

Do you not know? Have you not heard? It was 1995, I was sixteen years old, and I thought I did know and I had heard. I’d grown up in the church: sang the songs, memorized the verses, assembled the Vacation Bible School crafts. So when I opened the devotional booklet during the “quiet time”…