Category Joy

Aardvark Pancakes

Hearts. Letters. Numbers. Teddy Bears. Turtles. Fun colors. My husband, Eric, is a master pancake artist. But last Saturday he truly outdid himself with aardvark shaped pancakes. I just happen to have a very special affection for aardvarks. These awesome and unusual creatures bring me great joy. Friday evening I watched a documentary that featured […]

Receiving the Gifts of Encouragement

Wherever you are, may you be blessed. Whatever the circumstances are in your situation, may you be filled with life giving breath deep into your lungs. No matter what has slipped through your fingertips, may you find a hope to hold on to. Today, September 12th, is the National Day of Encouragement. This is a […]

Love Descends

Jesus comes to the abandoned, the forgotten, the ugliest places.  The times that are so very painful to live through, and even hurt to look back upon in remembrance. Jesus brings acceptance where there is shame, a joyous welcome to those who have been abandoned, and is ever present to those who have been left […]

Release…Feel the Endlessness of God

Release…Feel the Endlessness of God. This has become my breathing prayer.  As I think the word release, I exhale and release all that stuff that I am holding on to in that moment.  As I breathe in deep I remind myself to feel the endlessness of God. It’s a short prayer, but it serves multiple […]

God’s Strength & Goodness in Suffering

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) I would not choose to walk through waters, to pass […]