permission to pause

{five minute friday: permission} The alarm jingles, the phone starts buzzing, the kids have needs, lunches need to be packed and the day spins to a start. Noise and demands and distractions press in. I escape to the garden. The one place I can’t rush. The small yellow petals of the tomato flower have givenContinue reading “permission to pause”

how to read a love letter

A letter written by my great great grandmother to my great grandmother was put into my hands by my grandmother a couple years ago. It’s a letter written nearly a hundred years ago in Cuba. My son and I poured over it, translating it with fascination. We didn’t want to miss a single detail. DetailsContinue reading “how to read a love letter”

tending tuesday: tending in the quiet times

Welcome to Tending Tuesday! This week I want to introduce you to Debra Wallace. She is a writer who is passionate about helping women who’ve experienced husband’s same-sex addiction overcome shame and secrecy so they can pursue hope and healing. Ten years into her 22 year marriage, she became aware of her husband’s same-sex attractionContinue reading “tending tuesday: tending in the quiet times”

how to prep the soil of your heart

My little garden is in the back end of our yard. It’s tiny but inviting. As I stroll towards it in the morning, I feel the release of the noise falling away and the draw of peace as I near it. The little bench remains on one end, inviting us both, Jesus and I. IContinue reading “how to prep the soil of your heart”

tending tuesday: when it’s not easy to pray

Welcome to Tending Tuesday! This week, I want to introduce Miriam Kook. She collaborated as a composer and music director with playwright and lyricist Steffi Rubin on a play about adoption called “My Other Mother” which enjoyed two staged readings in the Maryland area recently. She is currently writing her own musical about fatherless girlsContinue reading “tending tuesday: when it’s not easy to pray”

tending tuesday: surprised by a joyful discipline

Welcome to Tending Tuesday! This week I want to introduce you to Jodie Cooper. She is an incredible sinner saved by a more incredible God. After years of painful misunderstandings about the Christian life, a crisis in her marriage finally led her to understand the gospel and it’s power to change lives. She now producesContinue reading “tending tuesday: surprised by a joyful discipline”

tending tuesday: the sweetness of the Word

Welcome to Tending Tuesday! This week I want to introduce you to Jana Fraley! Jana is a Wyoming ranch wife, mom and Christian writer. She loves all things western: art, music, books, skies and people. When not writing you will find her working cattle with her family, cleaning a barn or chicken coop, having deepContinue reading “tending tuesday: the sweetness of the Word”

tending tuesday: tethered to the word

Welcome to Tending Tuesday! This week I want to introduce you to Amber Thiessen. She lives on the Canadian prairies, serving alongside her pastor husband, raising three kiddos and working as a nurse in the ER. After serving in Africa as church planters, she has a big heart for missions and those serving overseas. SheContinue reading “tending tuesday: tethered to the word”

tending tuesday: practice the pause

Welcome to Tending Tuesday! This week I want to introduce you to Amy Lynn Simon. She is a wife, mom and follower of Jesus. She writes to help women understand how they’ve been uniquely created to serve others with purpose. Here is how Amy tends her way by the Word… I struggle with anxiety. IContinue reading “tending tuesday: practice the pause”

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”