Mulch for Growth

We recently mulched most of our trees in our yard in order to make it easier to mow around them. Not only that, but it looks nice, is good for the trees, and we’re able to put pretty plants at the bottoms of the trees in the mulch beds. It reminded me of a prayer…

Every Tongue

I suddenly have such great respect for anyone who knows or has learned another language. I have recently been trying to learn another language and it’s tough! In my learning, I have tried to immerse myself in that other language as much as possible. That means I am looking for songs in that language, a…

God Owns it All

Psalm 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.” Our church recently did a series on how God owns everything. While that sermon series was mainly financial, I have been thinking about the concept in more broad terms too. Think about the concept of God owning not only all…

Poison Ivy, My Close Friend

It happened a few days after he had trimmed a bunch of bushes by our road. He broke out in one spot on his arm. Before we knew it, he’d broken out on the other arm, then on both legs. He had boils so bad that he had to call off work because he couldn’t…

Worth the Risk?

  Mother Theresa is said to have been one of the first to touch lepers. She saw them as worth the risk. Mother Theresa also is said to have gone through shipments of shoes donated for the orphans. She would take the worst pair of shoes donated for herself and give the rest to the…

Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Can you really say anything bad about The Chronicles of Narnia? I personally love this childhood series. Yet as a child, I confess that I did not find it interesting. Though my brother loved them all growing up. A couple years ago I had a goal of reading…

I do what I want!

I love how toddlers are so raw about their emotions and what they want. No matter if they’re happy, sad, hurt, or otherwise, most of the time, you will know how they feel without even asking! Either they’ll tell you, or their behavior will! One year during Vacation Bible School’s recess time, one of these…

Why Seminary and Why Moody?

A lot of people wonder, “What’s the big deal about Seminary?” And others wonder “What makes Moody so great?” For those considering either seminary and/or more specifically Moody Theological Seminary, let me attempt to answer those questions. No, Moody has not paid me to do this and they have no idea I even am doing…

Attentive to their Cries

No one ever had to notify me that my daughter was crying. I always knew the moment her first little whimper started. However, when she was a baby, sometimes I would not always run to her at the first cry I heard. Instead, we would watch the clock, listen intently, and decide if she actually…

All Creation

Have you ever been awed by God’s creation? Do you take time to consider all that He has and is currently creating? I had a day recently when I was stuck at home without a vehicle and no place to go. With no real reason to change out of my pajamas, I didn’t. Then with…

Discipleship Takes Time

All right. Imagine those in your life with whom you have an influence. This might be your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins, cousins’ kids, neighbors, friends, co-workers, the list goes on. Now I want you to think for a moment about how invested you are in those people’s lives. Who are you the most invested…

Small Decisions

Do you ever feel a tension as if you’re wavering between two different instructions? Perhaps the law of the land conflicts with the law of the Lord. Or perhaps you’re wavering between two very Biblical commands. Romans 13:1 NASB “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and…