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Wanted: Followers, Not Leaders!
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse!  The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him” (Revelations 19:11-14)… (Read full blog.)


Intentional Optimism
Children usually offer a fresh perspective. I had been brushing my youngest daughter’s teeth when out of the blue she asked me: “Mommy, do we have an easy life?”
Life doesn’t always feel easy, but I didn’t want to answer negatively and squash her preciously childlike sense of comfort. On the other hand, I also didn’t want to give her a false impression that life never has its challenges… (Read full blog.)


Patiently Press Toward Your Destiny
To the faithful followers of Christ, those who have said “yes” to God. Perhaps the “yes” was within your first prayer of repentance, or perhaps it was concerning a specific endeavor.  Regardless of the agreement, I extend these words to you . . . keep going!  If the time for this needed encouragement has yet to transpire, then may it echo into your future need.  KEEP GOING! … (Read full blog)


Vermin Alert! Little Things, Big Consequences
Scene One: One mouse, scurrying across the floor. That’s all I saw at first. One tiny mouse that brought on a foreboding disproportionate to its own miniscule size. It’s amazing how much damage one mouse can do, I thought to myself. It’s amazing how one mouse can soon become two.
Scene Two: Premonition becomes reality and this one unwelcome guest has invited company … (Read full blog)


The Christian Battle
It can be especially interesting hearing a child’s perspective of you.  I’ve heard many descriptions of myself from my children.  A couple of my favorites are that I’ve been aged at 100 years old on a kindergarten Mother’s Day questionnaire and I’m supposedly famous, since my picture is on both Facebook and my website.
Some descriptions I never want to forget.  Some I’d prefer to forget, but should own up to and learn from.  Others just make me laugh.  Take this description of me, for example … (Read full blog)


The Best God Recipe
I rarely watch television, but I have to admit that the Food Network is dangerously tempting for me.  If I allowed myself to slip into television stupor, I’ve no doubt that I could sit for hours watching the competitive show, Chopped.  However, not only would much of my time then be irrecoverable, I would almost inevitably face the many appetites elicited by the program … (Read full blog)


Everlasting Joy is Never Out of Season
The third chapter of Ecclesiastes begins with this wisdom, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
Growing up in North Dakota, I know my fair share of seasons.  As a farmer’s daughter, I experienced season changes with even greater meaning.  There was the labor of seed-time in which the fields  swallowed up what we offered and the only immediate fruit was the dirt and grease covering from head to toe.  The fields would then change faces to reveal bright, new life – an encouragement that the labor was not in vain … (Read full blog)


What Kind of Fool Are You?
When it comes to choosing the right pet, I hands down choose cats over dogs.  I like the feel of their small, soft bodies on my lap, their purr, and the way they affectionately brush up against your legs.  They are like built-in decorative pieces, the way they climb up shelving and strike their regal poses.  Their playful curiosity is preciously amusing.  Their level of independence, convenient.  Most of all, I appreciate that I don’t need to take them out for potty-breaks and I’m free from the need for daily walks.  A house cat is perfectly content to be a house cat!  At least, that’s what I thought ... (Read full blog)


Pressed, Not Crushed
Life is full of challenges.  I’ve faced many, and I wish I could testify that I stood up to each one with full confidence, free of any doubt, discouragement, or self-pity. There’s always next time, right?  As it says in 1 Corinthians 3:18, we are changed “from glory to glory” into the same image of the glory of the Lord.  With each new challenge comes new revelation – IF your heart is open to it!
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Power of the Tongue
My home was filled with the sound of classical music.  I know it’s hard to believe, but this relaxing sound was coming from a computer game.  As I stood in the kitchen chopping watermelon, my youngest daughter, Katelyn, sat playing an American Girl game.  I could overhear my two daughters talking and all seemed to be going smoothly.  As with any game, however, the purpose is to eventually present a challenge and these challenges can test my daughter’s patience.  The relaxing atmosphere was soon interrupted … (Read full blog)


RESET!
I am a runner.  Well, I run . . . occasionally.  At one point I decided to enter a Hard Charge event for a new and “fun” experience.  It was a little over four miles with 30+ obstacles and lots of mud, mud, mud.  To ensure that I survived this experience, I figured I should train a bit more regularly than I had been doing for quite some time.  During this particular season, I came across a Facebook post from a lady claiming that she “craves exercise like some people crave chocolate.”  As much as I wanted to click the “Like” button, it would not have been genuine.  In actuality, the post elicited more of a sarcastic “good for you – grumble, grumble” attitude … (Read full blog)


A Seed Well Sown
There is a path I used to walk with fields on either side, and wildflowers that grew amongst the tall grasses.  On one particular day, I was walking with my oldest daughter.  We hadn’t covered much distance, since my daughter’s passion for bugs meant frequent stops to inspect milkweed and any other thing that moved.  At one point, we bent down to pick an exceptionally large dandelion that had reached its maturity.  Dandelions are summer’s birthday candles; we get to make a wish and blow. Christina held the massive gossamer ball and thought about her wish … (Read full blog)


Building Blocks of Biblical Wisdom
Wisdom is a theme throughout the entire Bible, but the reader will especially not escape Wisdom’s call when turning to Proverbs.  Just as Proverbs 1:20 depicts Wisdom as “cry[ing] out in the streets”, so too it cries out to us from each chapter.
We live in an information age.  Simply keeping up with technology and politics can be a challenge, let alone remaining well-versed in all the little extras that are deemed important within society.  The pressure is not confined to only adults.  Children’s education is pushed earlier and earlier.  More and more activities are added to the “well-rounded” requirements list.  The question is, do we take the time to hear Wisdom’s cry?  … (Read full blog)


The Desires of Your Heart
Many great memories can happen around a meal.  One of my favorites began while making pizza.  Feeling especially ambitious, I had made everything from scratch.  My two daughters loved patting the puffy dough as it swelled and I had to scold them several times for constantly stealing nibbles from the batch.  The smell of sauce filled the kitchen, and the cheese . . . well, I guess I didn’t make the cheese, nor the pepperoni.  Nonetheless, the three of us proudly gathered around our table and constructed this work of art as a team.
We began enjoying the fruits of our labor after saying a prayer of thanks.  Soon after, a question was asked about whether God hears us when we thank Him.  In turn, this led to a discussion about “Jesus in our hearts.”  Then came the best comment yet … (Read full blog)


The Spirit of Freedom
It was a time of celebration.  Independence Day meant a short trip to visit family.  Meanwhile, I thought I’d pass the travel time with a bit of “light” reading in the book of Galatians.
Galatians 1:3, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age . . .
The present time didn’t seem evil.  After all, we were headed to see loved ones, filled with the expectations of great food and fun activities.  Freedom was the word for the day … (Read full blog)


Blind Faith?
Let me cut to the chase. Faith is never blind. However, I hear those two words together enough, or similar expressions, that one would think them inseparable. “Well, I don’t know what will happen,” someone will say, “so I better just go on blind faith.” The basis for this statement is likely from 2 Corinthians 5:7 which states that “we walk by faith and not by sight” and Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” … (Read full blog)


A Lesson in Childlike Faith with Paul the “Opossum”
One of the nightly routines before my daughters’ bedtime was to read from their children’s Bible.  At one point, it struck me that our Bible version neglected to include anything that occurred after the gospels.  So off I marched to retrieve my own Bible.
I thumbed through the pages and was satisfied to land within the book of Acts.  “Let me introduce you to Paul the Apostle!” I dramatized … (Read full blog)


Allowing Our Children to Experience Sacrifice
At least once a year a packet is dropped into our mailbox with a large stack of photos. The photos are from ministries such as World Vision or Compassion International, photos of children waiting for someone to sponsor them. On the front, poverty is given a face. On the back, poverty is given a name and an age. Poverty becomes personal.
As I was looking through these photos, my then eight-year-old daughter, Christina, came alongside me. I decided to express my thoughts out loud … (Read full blog)