Category Joy

Writing a Psalm

Have you ever tried to write your own Psalm? Today, I tried to write a psalm, but that was not my intention when I wrote this.  I started by writing a letter to God.  As my letter was flowing it was part song of worship, part prayer, part poem, which I really didn’t know what […]

Extravagant Hope

Do you have a hope to hold on to when life throws its hardest challenges at you?  Where do you turn when the world’s worst tragedies warp the days of your life?  What is it that gives you light in darkness and strength in weakness that is worth waiting expectantly for? Destruction.  Depression.  Division.  Darkness.  […]

Prayer for the Fearful Overthinker

Are you an overthinker?  Do you pick apart situations and conversations in loop fashion wishing you could have done something differently?  Do you play out multitudes of scenarios in your mind before facing a situation?  Do you get lost in your thoughts, straining to remain present in the moment, plagued by the past, devastated by […]

The Gift of Who You Are

You are a beautiful treasure! You are a precious gift! Those are words I write so very frequently as I work to live out my mission to encourage with love, passion, and enthusiasm. Sometimes I wonder if I use them too often, but then I look around at the world we live in.  The brokenness, […]

Light of the World

This morning I am sitting on my couch looking out my picture window onto a great frozen landscape.  There is a cold stillness in the air that would quickly bite my skin if I should step out onto our deck. It is the stillness prior to sunrise.  Because I live in a house with two […]