Recent Posts about Peace & Intentionality

Keeping Christmas (And a Cookie Recipe!)

Remember when you were a kid, and Christmas and the holiday season seemed so magical? Putting up the lights and Christmas tree, baking cookies, family gatherings, it was all something wonderful. Do you remember when that changed? When did the magic leave?

Down to the River: The Importance of Finding Your Place of Peace

“You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast now, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.          – John 7:8-10…

Finding Sanctuary: Making Your Home a Place of Peace

  More and more these days I find myself thinking of the world that my kiddos are growing up in.  I’m sure my parents and generations before them probably have had the same thoughts; that the world is getting worse and worse and that things are not getting better… what kind of a world are…

The Star Thrower: Making a Difference

Writer Loren Eisley wrote in his book “The Star Thrower,” this oft-quoted story: Once, on ancient Earth, there was a human boy walking along a beach. There had just been a storm, and many starfish had been scattered along the sands. The boy knew the fish would die, so he began to fling them back…

Hello December!

Although Spring is the best season; December is one of my favorite months! I do not love December for the weather, although I’ve lived in the Midwest most of my life– I’m a native southern Californian and will never acclimate to the cold temperatures!  If it’s gotta be cold, I at least want some snow,…

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

  I love the attitude of gratitude that November brings as the Thanksgiving draws near.   The air is full of anticipation with the holidays coming, and gratefulness for the things we have.  Some people like to post a “gratitude” a day on social media, but knowing me, I’d forget a day or two here and…

Hope in Spite of Weariness: Finding Strength

  It’s so beautiful outside!  The trees are all scarlet and golden and bright oranges this year. The leaves have been falling in what the kidlets like to call “leaf storms,” swirling and flying every direction on their way down. Soon we’ll make huge piles of them, and I’ll do our annual leaf photo-shoot with…

Do Not Doubt His Grace: Remembering Those in Times of Trouble

Yesterday was a hard day to be online. So many heartbreaking memories of 9/11 posted and so much news of destruction headed for the Carolinas from the hurricane; everywhere you look there is so much despair. But God is always faithful, even when we can’t see. Even in the dark times, He is there. We…