Look for the Wonder

“Look for the wonder.” This is the thought that came to my mind this week as I prepared to read the book of Luke. It has been so long since I have really taken time in God’s Word. A verse here or there, a passage of Scripture studied on Sunday morning, lyrics from a worship song, but my own intentional quiet times had become nearly nonexistent over the past few months. Now that I am no longer homeschooling, there is[Read more]

The Hidden Blessing of Waiting

It’s been so long, I’m not quite sure where to begin.  Should I start with the funeral I attended today or with the stroke my mother had one month ago?  Should I share my ongoing concern for my son with Crohn’s, who has been suffering from a flare for over a week now?  Or, perhaps I should start on a happier note, with my recent writing success.  All I can say is that November was a whirlwind, and I am[Read more]

From Health to Holiness: A Shift in Focus

“Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is.  The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness.”  Oswald Chambers For the past two weeks, I have been on a journey to sugar-free, plant-based eating.  In yesterday’s post, I said that today I would share some of the books I’ve been reading to that end. Then, I came across the above quote last night, and everything shifted. I’m not giving up on eating well, but[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 3- The Church Picnic!

Today, I took on “The Church Picnic” and won!  Well, really, I think God just might have been looking out for me today, because for the first time ever, there was no dessert table!  Can you believe it?  At a church picnic! My wonderful friend and honorary grandparent to our children made the executive decision (weeks ago) not to have people bring desserts to this year’s picnic.  Instead, we were all responsible to bring a salad (fruit, veggie, leafy, pasta,[Read more]

Sanctification After Vacation

Our family just returned from a week-long vacation to the Northwoods of Wisconsin where we attended family camp at Fort Wilderness for our fourth year.  It was wonderful!  The weather was perfect, the speaker delivered timely messages, and I spent time with God in prayer and Bible reading everyday- for the first time in months.  My kids had fun, we ate ourselves into food comas daily, and I was able to spend quality time with both my husband (long overdue)[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Zoe (Life)

As I close out this Blogging from A to Z series, I want to encourage you to experience Zoe, which is the Greek word for “life.”  It refers to both the vitality of living beings, but more importantly, it is “the uncreated, eternal life of God, the divine life uniquely possessed by God.”* I once owned a red, VW Quantum station wagon, which I hopefully named Zoe (yes, I name all of my vehicles).  I loved that car.  She carried[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Peace and Quiet

Dr. Leo Marvin: I want some peace and quiet! Bob Wiley: Well, I’ll be quiet. Siggy: I’ll be peace! From What About Bob? (Go here to watch the clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TBHi9LcfN4) Peace and quiet are the precious by-products of simplicity.  Once we have decluttered both our spaces and our schedules, we find more room in our lives for the people, priorities, and passions that matter most to us.  We are no longer hanging on to every last memory or memento from[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Ode to Simplicity

Slowing the pace Clearing the space Simplicity is the art of letting go No longer hurried Fewer cares, less worried Simplicity is the pathway to peace Breathing fresh air in Enjoying my children Simplicity is the feeling of freedom Love and joy abounding Grace and peace resounding Simplicity is the life of God in me        

26 Steps to Simplicity: Faith

We are shifting gears after what I hope has been a productive week of assessing the mess, identifying the beauty, culling the keepers, and donating the items we no longer need, love, or use (otherwise known as clutter). Now, let’s look at the why behind what we are doing. Creating space in our lives is essential, but there is more to life than being clutter-free.  I talked about this in my post, To What End Do We Simplify Our Lives? [Read more]

Reflections on Christmas 2015

Guilt, confusion, relief, determination.  These are a few of the emotions I am wrestling with after this Christmas.  Let’s break them down. 1. Guilt.  How did I spend so much money?  By mid-November, the kids’ single gifts were purchased, and by mid-December, my Shutterfly gifts were completed.  But, somewhere in between, I spent double what I budgeted on people and things I hadn’t anticipated.  There are just so many people I want to bless over the holidays- Sunday School teachers,[Read more]