The Perseverance of Hope

I ordered freshwater pearls off the internet to adorn my neck on my wedding day. Their rough, imperfect sheen was just the look I wanted. Classic, but not as perfect as the identical spheres I imagine gracing the necks of British Royalty at a tennis match or June Cleaver as she welcomes her children home…

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…

Standing in Jesus

I will persevereAnd face every fearJesusHope becomes quite dearBecause You are nearWith usIn hate came the spearYet You shed a tearFor us Hope I will maintainDespite chronic painDear LordAffliction and strainOn this body rainLove pouredThough You once were slainYou will always reignAdored To You I hold fastYour mercy so vastMy RockWhen mired in my pastIn…

Confronting Unbelief

Free association tests are no longer exclusive to psychotherapy offices. We click on them when social networking sites claim they will reveal our personalities, and play them as party games. These enjoyable games act as simple exercises to awaken the creative parts of the brain, sometimes bogged down by the frantic call of business, duty,…

Running the Race of Endurance

I stood amongst the crowd of Oktoberfest runners. I was about to start my 6th, and hopefully not my last, 5k. I shot a precautionary glance at the dark clouds looming above me. The start time was nearing, but I knew the rain would not hold off. The rain began to drip, drip, drip. Do…

Running From Love

“Worst case, if she runs, just call the police.” Did I hear that right? I had taken this phone call in the safety of my living room, and I was glad. For the cell connection hid the shock painted upon my face. Those words gave me a quick and hard reality check, and I was…

Defeating Debt

Author: Krissa Dorfner I sat in my room and cried. I sank into the hideous floral printed couch processing what my boyfriend had just shared with me. He had made poor financial decisions while working through college and the debt had accumulated. Was I sure I  wanted to tie my life to his when it…