No need to hide, when you abide

No need to hide, when you abide
Hey, I'm taking a break from our Exploring Faith Series as Tammy invited me to write at The Mud Room blog about "Authenticity and coming out of hiding." ****** After analysis paralysis, I decided to focus on what makes us hide and why it is safe to come out and be authentic. ****** When he was twelve, a family friend molested him. He never told his parents but for more than decade, he hid his pain through an addiction to pornography and sex. ****** "Why can't you be pretty and smart like your si... [More]

What propels your faith forward? - 3

What propels your faith forward? - 3
Welcome to the third post in my Exploring Faith Series. Earlier I shared how my husband and I practiced faith by inviting God into our conflict, and we also learned from Abraham how sometimes faith calls us to the unknown though we can trust it is known to God. I think of Abraham and Sarah expectantly waiting each month for a child. If you've suffered from infertility, you know the monthly heartbreak. Did Abraham think about the promises God made him and wonder if he'd heard right?   Phot... [More]

Slow and savor #SimplyTuesday

Slow and savor #SimplyTuesday
Feel free to share this graphic. If you want to learn more about Emily Freeman's wonderful book,Simply Tuesday, you can buy it on Amazon*and check out her site. "In my own life I've found it to be true that when I hold on to the wrong things, the wrong things hold on to me." -Emily Freeman, Simply Tuesday, 19. I pray you may hold onto God and all that is good and beautiful, and may you find God's everlasting arms holding you close, my friends. Linking with sweet Sandra of #StillSaturday here *... [More]

A Glimpse of Yosemite

A Glimpse of Yosemite
  No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite. - John Muir After finding a winter special for a lodge near Yosemite National Park, we hoped for snow. But as February neared and California’s fourth year of drought continued, we knew our plans for snowshoeing and snowballs probably wouldn’t happen. We’d go anyway. Driving north on Hwy 41, we wouldn’t see most of the nearly 1200 square miles of Yosemite’s natural beauty, but hoped to see a few... [More]

When your journey takes an unexpected turn-2

When your journey takes an unexpected turn-2
Welcome to the second post in my Exploring Faith Series. Earlier my husband and I practiced faith by inviting God into our conflict; we also learned from Abraham how sometimes faith calls us to the unknown. I've never stood by a loved one's hospital bed and held a moveable right hand because his left side was paralyzed from a stroke. My loved one never expected to have a stroke. Who does? (Feel free to pin or use the above graphic. My gift to you.) My loved one and I have a complicated (for lac... [More]