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        

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]

All That Remains (A Prayer)

Majesty unspeakable, my soul desires to behold Thee. I cry to Thee from the dust.  Yet when I inquire after Thy name it is secret. Thou art hidden in the light which no man can approach unto. What Thou art cannot be thought or uttered, for Thy glory is ineffable.  Still, prophet and psalmist, apostle and saint have encouraged me to believe that I may in some measure know Thee.  Therefore, I pray, whatever of Thyself Thou hast been pleased to disclose, help[Read more]

Summer Perfection (A Meditation Minute)

I wish I could bottle up this perfect summer day.  Don’t they always seem to come after the storms (like the one we had just before sunrise)?  The broad, green maple leaves flutter above me as a mild breeze blows through the yard.  The scent of the air is reminiscent of summers past, full of nostalgia- faintly mournful, yet comforting- a memory I cannot put my finger on. Then, the joy of childhood and the wonder of new-found independence, as[Read more]

God’s Covenant and Call for Our Lives

This morning, I had a rich experience of worship that began at the gym as I read a chapter from R.C. Sproul’s book, The Promises of God: Discovering the One Who Keeps His Word, while walking on the treadmill.  He spoke of the covenant of redemption agreed upon by the Trinity before the world came into existence and of Jesus’ active and passive obedience in fulfilling that covenant.  Here is an excerpt: We believe there was a covenant made among[Read more]