when the joy is worth the labor

five minute friday: worth I delivered my firstborn son from my inexperienced, 23 year old body without any pain medications after 4 hours of hard labor. It was absolutely terrifying. But as most first time mothers can attest, the labor was worth the weight of holding that wiggly warm newborn in my arms. The joyContinue reading “when the joy is worth the labor”

antidote for the worn-out soul

Who isn’t utterly worn out these days? Flat wiped from all the news, pains, fears. Whether it is the news on TV or on our phones yelling at us, the masks on every face we see as they pass by 6 feet away looking frazzled and terrified. Whether it is the riots, loudness and opinionsContinue reading “antidote for the worn-out soul”

two important how-tos

five minute friday: how “Pedal, pedal pedal!” I can still hear my Dad’s voice behind me as I pumped my legs on that first two wheel bike with a pink seat and shiny streamers in the handlebars. Learning to ride a bike, learning to swim, learning to tie shoes, are some of the practical how-tosContinue reading “two important how-tos”

when you don’t want to stay

five minute friday: stay He was in chains, held in jail for preaching the gospel. He would be martyred there for the sake of Christ. He asked other believers to pray for him. Had he asked me, I would pray “Lord, release him. Give him safety and freedom from this painful circumstance and frightening experience.”Continue reading “when you don’t want to stay”

moving forward to the unknown

five minute friday: forward 2019 crept in without much fan fare as we huddled close in the wake of the storm that had swept us into an unfamiliar town and a painful season of grief over the greatest loss we had felt to date. But 2019 brought healing in the form of a family vacationContinue reading “moving forward to the unknown”