A Second Chance for Love

Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air. The allure of chocolate is everywhere! I’m definitely a fan of both. A little over a decade ago, however, I wasn’t sure love was an option for me anymore. I thought I might have to settle for chocolate. My first marriage of almost twenty-one years…

Loved Already

The 12-pound black-haired baby had ridden all night on a train through the vast Chinese countryside. She was giddy with exhaustion and passed serenely into my arms. I stared into her familiar eyes—eyes I had stared at for countless hours in grainy orphanage photographs. Who are you? I wondered. Of course, she was my daughter,…

First Love

“It was a flower,” writes Denise Levertov in the opening line of her poem “First Love.” She goes on to describe falling in love with a pink convolvulus at a tender age—“barely / old enough to ask and repeat its name.”  It looked at me, I looked  back, delight filled me as if I, not…

Jesus, the Face of Love

It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. Psalm 44:3 NIV The Son of God is Love’s sweet faceBouncing on His father’s kneeHe came to die and offer grace He…

Anchored Printable: Matthew 6:34

Welcome to 2020! A new decade! A fresh start! I am thrilled to be entering into a new time period—one where I long to know God more, worry less, and seek first His kingdom. I wish I could say starting 2020 has been a breeze, given we are only a handful of weeks into the…

A Decade's Worth of Spiritual Formation

Everyone’s spirits are shaped.  A lot of the time we aren’t aware of it, or if we are, we feel like formation “just happens” as we pray, read our Bibles, and serve others. But there’s more! A decade of motherhood has formed my spirit profoundly, actively, and relentlessly. As 2010 opened, I had a 3-year-old,…

Becoming Who You Are

By Sarah Sanderson I’ve lived through a little more than four decades, and each has brought a tremendous amount of change. I began the 1980s as an infant, and ended them an adolescent. I entered the 1990s in middle school, and left a college graduate. In 2000, I received an engagement ring; by 2010, I…

A Long Hello and a Short Goodbye

Author: Laura Sumpter Turning the page of the proverbial book of life is a lot like jumping.  The fear that comes with the unknown, coupled with the excitement of saying goodbye to the bad while lingering in the sweetness of saying  hello to the good can send butterflies through even the most adventurous of souls. …

His Perfect Plan

By Kara Williams Many are the plans in a man’s heart,  but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.  Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)  Every person reading this has received the time-gift of living through the past decade: ten autumns and winters, springtimes and summers; 3,652 sunrises and sunsets; air filling and leaving your lungs over a…

Making Room for the New

Author: Beth Vice On days without sunny skies and fluffy white snow, January can feel dark—leafless trees, decay-matted flower beds, and unrelenting cold. It’s a stark contrast to the color and exuberance of Christmas. This is the month I struggle most with depression, overeating, and the desire to hibernate. But taking time to celebrate the…