Learning from Mary at the Feet of Jesus

Mary of Bethany is mentioned three times in the Gospels and each time she is at the feet of Jesus. In Luke 10 she quietly sits at Jesus’ feet listening to him. In John 11 she sorrowfully falls at Jesus’ feet because her brother has died. And in John 12 she worshipfully wipes Jesus’ feet…

An Expectant Heart

Recently, on the drive to school, my boys were snuggled into their seats with blankets and heavy coats.  Overnight the fall air had descended and turned the warmer temperatures into promises of apple cider and pumpkins.   As we drive the curves to our little school in the middle of cornfields, we have a routine.  …

Leading Ladies of the Bible

When the Bible was written women were not considered men’s equals; they had no rights. Single or widowed women had to depend on the generosity of their families. Yet God repeatedly inspired those writing His Word to exalt the role of womanhood. Their stories are told in vivid detail, with all the passion, heartbreak, and…

3 Things Everyone Needs to Remember about Fear

#1 FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD Did you know that much of the fear we experience is not from God? Fear can be brought on by many circumstances but can also be demonic, intent on capturing its victim. The enemy will use fear to cripple. So, if fear has anything to do with it, it…

October’s Darkness and Light

I grew up in a Christ-centered home full of love, music, and laughter, but for some reason from a young age, I was attracted to the macabre. I read a lot of Edgar Allen Poe and loved lying alone in my darkened bedroom. One afternoon on my bunk, I felt a sinister presence with me…

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. …

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…