Following Jesus, Life, Serving Others

How to Choose a Church :: More Confessions from a Pastor’s Wife

I'm pretty sure I love Jesus more than ever before but His kids are driving me crazy.   I can't keep binge watching Gilmore Girls and eating popcorn to escape so I thought I might have an honest conversation with you today. Last week's post about house cats and the church unleashed something in me and… Continue reading How to Choose a Church :: More Confessions from a Pastor’s Wife

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Encouragement, Faith, hope

Life Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Grief and loss can gush like water and run for days, weeks, even years --finding routes into the tiniest cracks and crevices of our innermost being.  Sometimes the seed of suffering and loss gets lodged between a rock and a hard place and forces it to crack open until the cracking and the spilling make you… Continue reading Life Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Encouragement, God's Love

Every Heart Has a Message…

I wonder how long it took for this heart to be hollowed out in this log?  How long does love take to deepen like this?  What did it take to carve through the hardened timber?  Was it a storm that caused it to fall?  Did life eat away at the core?  Who could carve in such… Continue reading Every Heart Has a Message…

Easter, Encouragement, Lent

When You Experience a Lenten Fail

It's the fifth Sunday of the Lenten season.  I see the  Lenten Roses bow their heads by our cobblestone walkway.  I love this season.  It's one of my all-time favorites of the spiritual seasons on the calendar.  I talk  a big talk  of repentance, renewal, refreshing and a reset.  But the truth is, I don't… Continue reading When You Experience a Lenten Fail

Encouragement, hope, Lent

A Time to Remember { The First Sunday of Lent }

I wash my hands a lot!  I'm getting better but it's almost as if I feel the need to cleanse myself after "whatever it was" I was doing and prepare myself for the "whatever it is" I'm going to do next.  Cleanse from any contaminants...filth.  Wash the dirt.  Preparing to arrive at the next activity in… Continue reading A Time to Remember { The First Sunday of Lent }

Christmas, Encouragement, Faith, Following Jesus

Waiting for the Arrival …

It's December 3rd and the season of waiting has begun. I'm not waiting for Christmas to arrive or Santa in his sleigh with 8 reindeer and a red nose leading the way.  I'm not waiting for presents under the tree ...3 French hens, 2 turtle doves or even a partridge in a pear tree. Truth… Continue reading Waiting for the Arrival …

Encouragement, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Listening to God

Led Into the Wilderness…

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry." (from Matthew 4 NLT) "Led by the Spirit into the wilderness..."  Why on earth would the Holy Spirit lead Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by… Continue reading Led Into the Wilderness…