The Pruning Work of Perseverance

I feel like I’m failing at all the things my hands have touched or my feet have walked into. Being stretched thin, working dawn to dusk on two businesses, raising and homeschooling four young children, managing my home, and the feeling the weight of strained or broken relationships: it all has just left me physically…

Until the Last Breath

I’ve been thinking about death a lot lately. Yes, cheery I know, but stick with me. These thoughts haven’t been directed much toward my own death, but rather lives that from an earthly perspective have been taken too soon. This last year as several people close to me have struggled with losing someone dear to…

Little Steps to Big Change

Last summer, I would have told you I didn’t have an artsy bone in my body. And I didn’t. When my mom set up a summer lake house painting project for everyone, I was relieved that the lines were already drawn, and I just had to fill in the space with watercolor paints. But something…

Perseverance; Why its Worth Waiting For

I blew my breath out slowly and tipped my face toward the sky. “I’m tired.” I whispered quietly, “and there are too many moving parts in life.” God didn’t respond in that exact moment. He remained quiet. Not the absent kind of quiet, but the waiting kind. I am tired. I’ve been in transition for…

4 Areas to Create Margin and Find Abundance

Today was an off day. Last week was a jam-packed, no-school, sunshine-filled string of days without obligations. We had so much freedom. Sleep in if you want. Yes, have a snack. Play with me. Let’s go outside again! Monday met my transition expectations, as we all wriggled back into normal like fancy shoes after flip…

Embracing Limits to Find Abundance

Long ago, and not so long ago, the sun and moon and seasons governed us. The sun’s descent plunged all into darkness. Candles and lamps lent a little glow, but eventually dwindled out. In general, people wanted to preserve their oil and candles so their use was curtailed to meet practical needs. In ancient Israel,…

How to Share, Give, and Live Abundantly

Seasons of abundant life by the world’s definition will ebb and flow. You may be prosperous with a cushion in your bank account. Maybe a bounty of food overflows from your cupboards and refrigerator. It may be time to declutter the personal items and belongings that you are stepping over in your home. Abundance. A…

To Forgive and be Forgiven

Abundance can have a lot of connotations, bringing to mind a bountiful summer harvest or maybe even just a house crammed full of things. Typically it makes me think of holding an overflowing armful of things—because abundance is carrying coats, stuffies, and snacks for three little girls? Since I’ve been reading through the Bible chronologically…

Jesus as Shepherd

It’s Spring time in Oregon. The grass is a vibrant, glossy green. Daffodils are bursting through the earth with intense yellowy colors. As I was driving along country roads the other day, I noticed the life stirring. The sheep were out to pasture, and the newly birthed lambs were frolicking near their mothers. Everything appears…