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…

What Is a Decade Worth?

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12 (NASB) A decade’s worth of familyEnough to fill the heartWith hope, love, and happinessEven when we are apart A decade’s worth of hugsEnough to go aroundAt least one for every dayWill make our…

Yuletide Truth

Here is my confession: I believed in Santa until I was eleven. I had suspicions, but as far as I could see I had a good thing going on, and asking questions might mess with the quantity of wrapped bounty strewn beneath the tree Christmas morning. Whether it was Santa or Mom, I didn’t care,…

The Wait of Christmas

Immersed in the sight of snow-packed roads and lightly dusted evergreens, my husband and I drove over the Cascades for Christmas with my family. We were deep in waiting. Waiting to find out why having children wasn’t easy for everyone. Waiting to see if the doctor would take young newlyweds seriously. Waiting for the perfect…

Remembering We are Loved at Christmas

Our pastor sometimes says at the end of the church service, “He loves you and He likes you. Go in peace.” It’s one of my favorite things he does. God likes me? This wasn’t a concept I had any notion of until my adult years. Up until that point, I was still pretty focused on…

Making Room

As we’re entering into the Christmas season, I’ve been trying to slow down and not get caught up in the hustle. It can be so easy to get lost in the to-dos: Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, hosting the perfect family gathering, delivering cookies to all the people, making sure we have the right gift for…