three ways to simplify the walk

We easily complicate things, don’t we? Maybe it’s just me, but I can add rules and boundaries and expectations so fast that I can hardly catch my breath! I have to be intentional to keep things simple, uncluttered in my mind and heart. This is especially true in my relationship with Jesus. That is whyContinue reading “three ways to simplify the walk”

five tips for fresh hope

{five minute friday: fresh} Aren’t we all looking for a fresh dose of hope? Even two weeks into a new year and already things feel wearisome, stale and heavy. The new calendar couldn’t offer us much hope. Fresh hope comes only from one Source. We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, andContinue reading “five tips for fresh hope”

tending tuesday: harnessing peace in chaos

Welcome to Tending Tuesday! This week I want you to meet Leslie Konhaeuser. She is a disciple of Jesus, wife to Christian, and mama to Leona and Tobias. She has a passion for inspiring weary moms to find meaningful faith right in the thick of it. She blogs at Mothering by Faith, where she sharesContinue reading “tending tuesday: harnessing peace in chaos”

3 tips for walking in evil times

{five minute friday: time} These are desperate times! These words from the Message Bible ring true even today. We live in a desperate time in human history, regardless where in the world we find ourselves right now. So much pain, loss and fear inducing events swirl around us. Even with feet firmly planted in Christ,Continue reading “3 tips for walking in evil times”

three ways for cultivating with grace

Welcome to the new year! Something about a fresh start and a new calendar feels so inviting, doesn’t it? Like fresh mercies and grace lies all around us waiting to be gathered. As we step into the new, we must carry with us what we learned before. For me the lack of discipline and theContinue reading “three ways for cultivating with grace”

grasping peace for the new year

What is it about peace that makes it seem like gathering water in the hand and trying to fill a bucket? It slips through small places we can barely even see light through. The overflowing handful quickly becomes a teaspoon splash added to teaspoon splash. Yet our souls crave it. No, need it. We canContinue reading “grasping peace for the new year”

an essential glimpse of a masterpiece

My first attempt at reading through the Bible came in my early twenties, as a new mom and young wife and self-proclaimed atheist. My goal was to disprove the Bible so as to get out of having to attend church with my husband, who had been raised in it and felt that other than footballContinue reading “an essential glimpse of a masterpiece”

how to conclude well

{five minute friday: conclude} Everything here has a conclusion. There is an end of the day, end to the year, end to the mortal life. Eventually everything ends. Everything but God and the heavenly realm He fills. The year is ending, finally. But the troubles may not yet be ending. For some they might onlyContinue reading “how to conclude well”

how to pluck the weeds of anxiety

Life offers plenty of opportunities to worry, which seems increasingly true these days. Will the kids go back to school? Will I lose my job? Will my health be affected by the virus? Will we be safe? Will life ever return to how it once was? I, for one, can worry even in good times,Continue reading “how to pluck the weeds of anxiety”

how to endure when you feel stuck

I have been in a marriage I wanted out of, even sought ways to leave. By God’s stunning and undeserved grace, I stayed. So did my husband. But before you read that too fast, please know that getting from then until now in our marriage was a long, hard and ugly road. In a recentContinue reading “how to endure when you feel stuck”