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Growing up the Tree

“Union with Christ is really the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation not only in its application but also in its once-for-all accomplishment in the finished work of…

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How to live with Complainers

“How, Lord?” is the cry of a Mama’s heart, Lord. How do we shepherd these (sometimes bickering, whining, disgruntled) ones You’ve entrusted? And You, graciously, usher me into some insight…

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How I’d like to Parent

If it is God’s grace that transforms, focus on God’s grace, God’s Spirit, and the gospel as the power of God for all of us in every way imaginable. ~McKnight…

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In love….

I dabbled with words down in the orchard today, the children’s laughter and play like bird song. Through the tree branches, I could see bare torsos sifting, digging and sculpting…

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Take a Break and Visit Your (New) Self….

This week’s “In Other Words“ quote: “Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself .” – Audrey Giorgi Jesus took a break. Mark 1:35 In…

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Quiet Time: A way of Living

I wrote a few days ago about Quiet Time in the midst of family life… how relationship with God is a way of living, a way of being…. not just…

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Sand in Everything: God’s Thoughts

Saturday found us with toes in Lake Huron, seagulls flying overhead…and thinking again about sand. From the archives: This morning, the waves crash on the Lake Huron shore without me….

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Siblings and Touch: Sticking Closer, like a Brother

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet. ~Vietnamese ProverbIt works out to one in every ten. If we agree to the premise that an individual needs 12…

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Relationship with God in the Midst of (Crazy) Family Life

Worship, then, is not part of the Christian life;it is the Christian life. ~Gerald Vann I live in a house with 1 baby, 2 preschoolers, 2 stretching children, 1 preteen,…

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Going to the Ants: Work

Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, O sluggard,Observe her ways and be wise.”This afternoon we began removing the fieldstones that edge our flowerbeds in preparation for laying down a cobblestone…

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Embrace

Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny instant of all eternitywhen you put your arms around me and I put…

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All the nations…

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. ~Ps. 22:7 You know your hometown…

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Today’s Mothering Prayer: Touch

“[Absalom]… took them by the hand and embraced them. So in this way, Absalom stole the hearts of all the people of Israel.” ~ 2 Samuel 15:5-7 Oh Lord, how…

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Importance of Touch

From the email-bag: It is so true – I remember when my first boy was turning 12 and I felt that awkwardness because he was no longer little and was…

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