The Only Graduation that Matters

Yesterday afternoon, Samuel and Faith walked across a stage and officially graduated from James Valley Christian School. Their courses and work were completed almost two months ago…but there is something to be said about a walk across a stage or field, a handshake from the principle, a diploma in hand and the flip of a... Continue Reading →

As They Leave the Nest

We have a swallow’s nest above our backyard garage door. Yes, a newbie homeowner mistake, for sure. We should have torn it down the second they started building! The droppings are horrible and having birds dive-bombing around our heads when we try to go out the back door makes us wish we had fought harder... Continue Reading →

When Life Doesn’t Feel Very Good

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28 I love this verse and will often preach it to my own heart. Yet, if I am not careful, it’s easy to define "good" by my own standard. Good, to me,... Continue Reading →

Let Down Your Nets

"When (Jesus) had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch." "Master," Simon replied, "we've worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I'll let down the nets."  Luke 5:4-5 Do you ever feel like Peter? I do. There are... Continue Reading →

Glimpses of Grace

One of my most favorite “mom” parenting books is Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman. The book is not so much about what we should do (though there are fantastic examples and suggestions throughout) but who we should be. And, in the “being”, we learn how to “do” in... Continue Reading →

Tis the Season to Assume

There have been a lot of trending words and phrases since the start of 2020; words that would not have made complete sense to us just a half a year ago: social distancing, new normal, flattening the curve, 6 feet apart. I believe as we begin to come out of the haze and fog of... Continue Reading →

Reflection Ministry

As I read the Bible, sometimes chapter breakdowns and even the inserted, man-made “titles" along the way can really throw me off. It's amazing how quick my mind can allow those "breaks" to isolate what is being said from what was said and then stop short of what will be said that further explains what I just read! As we study... Continue Reading →

The Bible and Swiss Cheese

"Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for You. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble."  Isaiah 33:2 Do you ever read Scripture as if it was like Swiss Cheese? Yummy goodness with random holes here and there. How easy it is to pick and choose the parts we immediately resonate... Continue Reading →

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