What I Want

Powerful moments often slip up on you. They may be disguised in ordinary situations but can stay with you for a lifetime. Such was our incident with the scissors. It occurred several years ago when our 5-year-old granddaughter complained that her shears weren’t cutting. I gently tried to show her how to hold them more effectively, but I could tell …

Simplicity: Deepening Your Relationships

This week, Hartlee Kirk sums up her series on simplicity by showing us how this extends to those around us. I love how she gives us the freedom to “wear” our simplicity according to our personality. What a blessing a few simple steps can extend to so many! Thanks, Hartlee.   —————————- Simplicity can bless anybody, but looks different for …

Simplicity: Creating Healthy Calendars

Hartlee Kirk’s guest post rang true today as I watched my fellow train travelers. Eighty-five percent had their head in their phones with a percentage of the rest taking photos of themselves. No, the trip wasn’t a commuter train underground, but amidst some of the world’s most breath-taking mountains: the Swiss Alps. Thanks for reminding me to worship facing my Creator, …

Don’t Let One Mistake Lead to Another

    “Mistakes are the most destructive force in our lives.”   The caption caught my attention as I thumbed through a SkyMall magazine on a recent flight. I do hate mistakes, don’t you?   I’m not really a perfectionist, but I don’t like to waste time. We never seem to have enough of this valuable resource.    Wouldn’t it be …

Your Summer Prayer

Holy Father,   It’s summer and my schedule has suddenly changed. Children need full-time care again. I’m excited, but know from experience that this creates its own source of challenges. I’m glad You are my Source to run to when I don’t know what else to do.    First, I ask that this be a summer that I don’t lean on what I see and understand with my own …

Prayer for Returning Missionaries

  Holy Father,      Thank You for being the God of all comfort and encouragement (1 Corinthians 1:3). I know someone special that is in desperate need of a Comforter. After years on the mission field, _________ is now coming “home”. Years ago, You called them to serve You. They obeyed, not really knowing where they were going or what …

The Dad Call

  “Hi, Mom….Ummmm….is dad there?”   This phone greeting was a regular occurrence during our girls’ college years.    It’s not that I didn’t talk to them. We talked a lot.    We talked about dating, classes, papers, friends and outings. I spent hours on the phone listening to tiny details of who wore what, who went where, and who …

He Needs No Help

  “I don’t want to be God. But, I sure wish He would ask my advice sometimes.”    Ever felt this way?   Life seldom unfolds as expected, and often, we would like to give God some pointers. Yet, who is truly qualified to give the directions? Someone who can make a plan, or the very One who created every …

A Breath of Fresh Prayer

    Holy Father,   Your Word is a joy, especially in the midst of trials. Little by little, I’m  learning just how much my varying emotions need endurance to be perfect and mature. I want Your perfection, but for some reason, I’m surprised when You lead me through the testing needed to get there.      You’ve told me …