Hold Still And Listen

My husband is a great listener. I am amazed over and over again at the way he listens. To my nonstop ramblings, to our kiddos stories, to a team of high school soccer playing girls laughing and singing and dancing. Not me—it’s something I have to work at. When our pastor challenged us to read…

Birthday Wishes

On my birthday every year, I have a few birthday wishes. High in the sky dreams I hope to receive or accomplish. After reading about Mary Ingalls and her birthday wishes this week, I couldn’t help but think about Jesus. Did Jesus have birthday wishes when he lived on earth? Does He have them now…

Take A Break

Every December we get a fresh Noble Fir tree. All the other decorations around the house—the wreaths and stockings and mercury candleholders—are second to the pine boughs glistening in the front window. It’s the official start to the Christmas season for the Lee family. In years past, I’ve had grand visions of the most beautiful…

Love From The Start

As Christmas inches closer, love is on my mind. Not my love of pine branches in our living room complete with twinkling lights and glass balls. Not how much I love watching my favorite movie of the season—White Christmas—for the umpteenth time. Not the cranberry tea pot with liquid love simmering on the stove. It’s…

Questioning God

I’ve been reading through the Psalms for months now. One song a day—sometimes lament and sometimes praise. The honest pleadings of real people, with real problems, it’s just what my heart needs. It gives me permission to feel all the feels, to voice all the questions stirring in my soul, and cry all the tears…

The Purpose Of Pain

Pain comes in many different forms. It comes with broken ribs and broken hearts feel it too. Physical pain is the most obvious, but not always the most impactful to our souls. Our emotional selves battle a whole world of problems that outweigh the physical any day. As some of you know, I’m home under…

The Power of Words

The power of words, we can bless and we can curse. All from the same mouth, even the same breath. I’m not pointing fingers at either side, just sad to see all the political bashing. All the hate for people who think, believe, look, and vote differently than we do. Jesus called us to more…

Joy Will Follow

Jealousy is a monster. It’s green with envy, forever hungry for more. And it’s addictive, especially in our tech-savvy world. No longer is jealousy a face-to-face reality, it lives in our back pockets. It has devoured so many moments of joy, so many days and weeks and years in an endless game of comparison, always…

High and Lows

We’ve all got them, various landscapes in this thing called life. Ups and downs, mountain peaks and deep dark valleys. There’s some short stretches of flat prairie-land, times when the seasons just rolled on by without us even noticing. What I’ve found over the last few years is that I am all about the ups…

Not A Magic Cure

Apologies can sometimes be an easy way out—like Harriet Oleson saying she’s sorry for spreading rumors in the town newspaper. The meaningless words can be used as more of an excuse than heartfelt regret. I can get all down on Mrs. Oleson, but it happens more than I’d like to admit in my own life.…

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