Happy Birthday Anna

It’s hard to describe what emotion was hitting as we were driving to Children’s Hospital last year on this day, knowing I was in labor 16 weeks too early. The best way to describe our mindset is that emotion was not the leader. Emotion was strangely lacking and the best way to describe it isContinue reading “Happy Birthday Anna”

The Gift of Acceptance

Here is a short meditation Emily wrote about the joy of acceptance when following Jesus. It can only ever be sourced from a firm faith in a good God who is worthy of trust at all times. “Behold me, here I am; thy little handmaiden Acceptance-with-Joy and all that is in my heart is thine.”Continue reading “The Gift of Acceptance”

The Beatitudes Part 5

The Merciful “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 Jesus gives an incredible statement about the merciful: “They shall receive mercy.” As those who know the gospel and have received mercy from the Lord, we can often gloss over this verse. Yet it truly is remarkable. Think about it: the mercyContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 5”

The Beatitudes Part 4

Those Who Hunger and Thirst “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 You know, eating healthy and living in a wholesome way of life takes an awful lot of effort. It’s not what our natural selves just long for. But we know it’s right and weContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 4”

The Beatitudes Part 1

The Poor in Spirit “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Poverty is not popular. It never has been and never will be. Nobody wants to be poor. So why would poverty of the spirit be any different? What is it about this quality or state thatContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 1”

Joy-filled, Grief-filled Community

“She’s really close, they think the baby may be born in just a few minutes!” My heart dropped after hearing these words. Tears instantly stung my eyes and started to flow without my ability to control them. Our dear friends we are in community with were having their second baby, a girl, only 6 weeksContinue reading “Joy-filled, Grief-filled Community”

More Precious Than Silver

“Lord you are more precious than silver, Lord you are more costly than gold, Lord you are more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares with you…” I sang my daughter Corrie to sleep to this tune tonight being reminded of how precious it has been to me this last year of 2019. EachContinue reading “More Precious Than Silver”

A Band-Aid Won’t Cut It

‘My husband is a very gifted man,’ I thought to myself last night in bed. Though this is a very true statement, I meant it in more of a snarky kind of way. See, he has the gift of sleep. He could fall asleep within two minutes any time, any place and you know it’sContinue reading “A Band-Aid Won’t Cut It”