Simply Simplify!

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This is the second post from Taylor on his adventure in the northwest…still teaching his mom and thing are two:

Simplify…When I think of the outdoors, I think of this term. And recently, this term has taken on a whole new meaning for me. People tend to think that being outside in nature, away from noise and the hustle and bustle of everyday life simplifies their lives. Continue reading

What is True Balance?

My son taught me something about balance the other day when he sent us his first update from his mission trip this summer.  Taylor is taking the summer off from seminary and on a mission with Rock Climbers for Christ.The last two weeks he has been in Bend, Oregon doing training and getting ready.  Now, they are headed to British Columbia (via a few days in Washington) to start the official mission.

Here’s his note: Continue reading

True Story. What’s Yours?

True Story. What’s Yours?.

I love watching God make Lemonade even out of the tiniest things. I don’t have an earth shattering story. In fact, I created my own pit in college when I walked away from God and decided that I knew what was right in my own eyes. But God…being ever so loving and patient…drew me back to him and for thirty years I have been filled to the brim with Him.  He restored me, gave me a husband who loves Him (and me!), three children who walk with Him along with my parents and sister (and her family) that walk with Him. The Lemonade has been sweet.

One Day Closer to Summer

We felt our first cold day this past week. The temps dropped and during the night it got down to 28 degrees. We finally turned on the heat.

I am not a fan of winter. But I’ve decided I am not going to complain. I am going to remember that each day brings me closer to my favorite time of the year…summer. Continue reading

How Could I Miss That?

Psalm 51 has always been a special passage to me.  The words in it have resonated with my heart since 1985 when my sister showed it to me:

 

“Against Thee and Thee only have I sinned and done what is evil in Thy sight …”

 

It was a very dark time of my life, and these words hit me square in the face, like a slap. 

 

The psalmist continues, “Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit in me…”

 

I held on to this Scripture for a very long time. Every time I thought about it, I could feel the very presence of God. But there was a very important phrase in this Psalm that completely escaped my notice.

 

The other day my youngest daughter was reading this passage aloud from my new bible app off my iphone.  As she read, I nearly ran off the road (I was driving us to Dallas for a day of Christmas shopping…and ironically enough, this was one of the rare instances when I was not iphoning while driving).  I made her stop and read this part again:

 

“ Make my heart to hear joy and gladness.”

 

I don’t recall ever “hearing” that part before. 

 

I struggle with depression this time of year.  Winter is…ugh. I’m definitely a beach person, not a snowy mountain person. The gloomy days, the cold and wet weather, the halt after the Christmas rush.  All these things converge this time of year, and it seems to suck the joy right out of life.

 

And so stumbling across this verse was like a flipping a light on, or perhaps receiving  another slap in the face!  Make me to HEAR Joy and Gladness.  God can MAKE me HEAR it!  I thought I had to experience it.  I thought I had to make sure I was thinking positively and hearing the joy.  But it’s His doing!  I just need to listen! 

 

So God…in these days when all the news is dismal, when tough things happen with my family, when I worry about the economy and how it will affect my business and the employees I love, when I don’t want to get out of bed….I will listen…

 

Make me to HEAR Joy and Gladness.