Three of our four sons got married between June 2017 and June 2018! What a blessing to watch these relationships grow and flourish and to witness love being crowned at their weddings. Because writing songs and singing are two of my passions, I wanted to gift each couple with a song.Read More
Recently I was reading in my devotional and I came across these lines from an old poem by Florence White Willett: "I thank You for the bitter things, they've been a friend to grace. They've driven me from the paths of ease to storm the secret place."
This got me thinking about the "Secret Place." What is this Secret Place? Where is it? How do I access it? Why would I want to?Read More
The heart of the world is breaking under this load of pride and pretense. There is no release from our burden apart from the meekness of Christ."
Jesus invites us to come and to receive his rest. To lay down our burdens--burdens of pride and pretense. To "forget" ourselves so that we might live for Christ.Read More
A few weeks ago, one of our sons asked me if I would share with him my thoughts on what I consider important characteristics to look for in a woman. Since he does not date casually, this is his way of asking me what characteristics to look for in a potential wife.Read More
Frederick Buechner said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” This is what I like to call "the sweet spot." We know when we are there. Some of my "sweet spots" are:Read More
In many ways I was a perfectionist. I thought that doing things perfectly would make me secure. Mistakes and failure were viewed as horrible things to be avoided at all costs. I assumed that knowing what to do should result in doing it--perfectly. That this is what others expected of us; what God expected of us.Read More
When I look back over the 25+ years that we were raising our sons, I see a lot of grace. I see a lot of hard work. I see a lot of blood, sweat and tears. I see a lot of God. But I also see a lot of fear...fear of man (and woman).Read More
I was twenty years old when I became a Christian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. And, boy, was I a broken mess. Sometime during that first year after coming to know Jesus, even I could recognize the struggle within. Actually, there were many struggles within.Read More
It was December 1994 and our little family was thinking about what to give my grandma for Christmas. My grandma was more like a mom to me as my own mom (my grandma's only daughter) had passed away eight years earlier in December at the age of 43.Read More
It's through the overflow of His Presence I am healed, restored, set free, and enabled to reach a broken world--one person at a time--with the very same Presence that I so desperately need. I'm realizing how much time I spend dancing around His Presence as I try to manage my life and maneuver my days.Read More
What grace and good news to me, that when I fail, and miserably, Jesus will forgive me and not hold it against me. He doesn't demote our relationship to a less intimate level until I can earn back my position. He doesn't make me feel like a loser, someone inferior, a "betrayer." He loves me as if I'd never failed Him, as if I'd always pleased Him in every way!Read More
I had a lot of experience of living the opposite of "freely and lightly." Carrying heavy loads of grief, pain, and shame. The weight of other people's expectations for me and my own unrealistic expectations for myself. Living with an overwhelmed schedule, trying to do too much. The sense that I would never be enough, do enough, have enough. And more.Read More
I found myself getting a bit lost and overwhelmed over the summer as I was looking at a lot of outstanding blogs and websites. What amazing women there are in the world! And I noticed that the more time I spent looking at what other women were doing, the more I began to feel discouraged and even a bit of despair over what was an undeniable truth: I can't be everything to everyone and do everything well.Read More
I had been a Christian for over ten years before I really began to get grounded in the bible—God’s words of life and truth. And it happened as I was coming out of a season of postpartum depression. It had seemed so dark for so long.Read More