Out With the Old

"Out with the Old, In with the New." I like to bring a spiritual element into my New Year's Eve celebrations. As a child, our church had a New Year's Eve candlelight service, which at the time I was convinced was designed solely for the purpose of keeping us from having any kind of fun on the party-est night of the year. I didn't fully appreciate the appropriateness of reflecting over the … [Read more...]

9 Gallons

This isn't an actual picture of the inside of my refrigerator, but it certainly could be. I grocery shop nearly every day and recently noticed I was having a hard time keeping the milk shelf stocked. So I counted just how much milk we were drinking in a week. Nine. Nine gallons of milk are consumed by this family in one week ~ more than a gallon a day. When our kids were little, we had an … [Read more...]

Can’t We Get Along?

In the last few days, I've received several 'whadya think?' messages, along with posts and re-posts on my Facebook wall of a video snippet of pastor Joel Osteen's wife Victoria. Several of the published commentaries label her and Joel 'heretics'. By Webster's definition, a heretic is 1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church; 2. … [Read more...]

Will You Trust Me?

Looking through old Throwback Thursday photos is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I'd do a different kind of Throwback Thursday, one that takes a look back at the most difficult season of our lives. The fact that our three Minnesota years were difficult wasn't hidden from my readers ~ but exactly how difficult was. I want to take a moment to reiterate … [Read more...]

30 Years of Us

  This weekend we will celebrate 30 years of marriage. 30 years makes us sound really old, but we sure don't feel old. 30 years is quite an accomplishment in this day and age of disposable everything. 30 years of marriage has been the single greatest accomplishment of my life. And a 30-year long thriving marriage kind of gives you a platform to share with others how it's done, … [Read more...]

So What’s It Gonna Be?

It's only appropriate when this was the view from my windshield this morning, April 4, that I speak about the elation we feel about the opportunity to leave Minnesota. However, in all fairness to this state I've found so difficult to love, the discomfort of the past three years here had far more to do with God's divine plan than the seemingly endless winters. If you've spent any time listening … [Read more...]

My Praying Knees

Many a mom looks down at her stretched belly skin, her spit-up stained clothing, and blood-shot, sleep-deprived eyes and would trade none of them for the precious sleeping baby in her arms. Those external indicators of new motherhood are worn as badges of honor. Those badges are distant memories for me, likewise for most parents of young adults. These days, when my kids no longer live under our … [Read more...]

It Takes Very Little to Love

The Minneapolis area is home to quite a few corporate headquarters, the most significant for me being Target. As a result, Target stores in the Twin Cities area are usually in tip-top shape. They're well-stocked, well-run, and many of the Super Targets have made a push to be our one-stop shopping destination for all we could possibly want or need. In the last few years, if they weren't already … [Read more...]

My Little Porcupine

Do you have a porcupine? We do. Actually, we've got a sweet daughter whose turning 21 today, and she spent the better part of her teenage years as a porcupine. That's the image God gave me for her as I spent countless hours praying about her behavior. Porcupines actually have soft hair, but it's mixed with quills that lie flat until the animal is threatened. When they are preyed upon, the … [Read more...]