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 … More The Best God Recipe
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 … More Everlasting Joy is Never Out of Season
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. … More What Kind of Fool Are You?
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 … More Pressed, Not Crushed
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 … More The Power of the Tongue
I am a runner. Well, I run . . . occasionally. I once entered 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 … More Reset
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. … More A Seed Well Sown
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 … More Building Blocks of Biblical Wisdom
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 … More The Spirit of Freedom
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 … More Blind Faith?