Faith to Expect God’s Faithfulness

Yesterday at my local YMCA, I sat at a machine determined to lift the weight 20 times. To my left was a couple, probably in their late 30's. The man stood and faced the woman who was seated to perform the weight machine's motion. (I don't know what 99% of the machines are called, or…

Passionate Pursuit {day 17}: Strength

When our sons were in high school, lifting weights was a discipline they enjoyed, as athletes and for personal conditioning. Some days they came home excited about a new capacity they'd realized. I, on the other hand, have always been wimpy at lifting weights. Proud if I lifted my 10-pound hand weights 20 times without…

Passionate Pursuit {day 9}: Trust

When I started this series about Passionate Pursuit to know God, I imagined it would be challenging to keep up. To write more frequently. Daily life is unpredictable. Even things I feel are safely predictable can unravel. As days passed and gaps between posts widened, I've sighed, fretted ...and learned. We pray, plan and implement.…

Responding to Uncertainty

If I could just know... When I was a senior in college, my curiosity peaked for a glimpse of my future. Would I be able to get a job? Would I like being a teacher? Would I be able to pay off my college loan quickly? Would I get married? Would I have children? No clues encouraged…

Putting Worry In Its Place

Have you ever tried to take matters into your own hands? I have. Are you trying to wait patiently for God's next step, yet your heart wrestles with restlessness to know now? Me too. Are you trying to train your child, only her heart seems closed to your words? Is your child in a hard place…

When Worry Turns Our Head

"This little one is due in October, so I'm trying to spend extra time with the girls. I'm nervous about having 3 children." "He just started middle school. I'm more concerned about the social aspect than the academics." "We're trying a new school; she was being bullied at her old one. Hopefully, she'll make a…

Learning to Participate Every Day

I've been reflecting more on John 2.1-11 and how God wants us to participate with Him through ordinary acts like pouring and serving water. Our opportunities to serve up water to our children contribute to a tremendous plan that God is working... Cuddled child in my lap. I read the Toddler Bible story. It's a new one for…