Renew 11: How you find unexpected gifts

Renew 11: How you find unexpected gifts
Welcome to the 11th post in the Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) series. I wrote the series because I needed to remind myself of certain truths. I pray this encourages you. *************** When I listen to the whoosh and pound of ocean waves onto the rocky shore, my heart rate slows. My heart rate slows to the rhythm of the waves rolling in and out as white foam dances in then curtsies away. The ocean's roar calls to the deep within me. It echoes: "Deep calls to deep" (Psalm 42:7). One Saturday, w... [More]

Favorite Friday Finds (2/6/15)

Favorite Friday Finds (2/6/15)
We will return to our Renew Series on Monday. I'm excited about releasing my Subscribers only Saturday post tomorrow where I respond to Tina Turner's famous lyrics: "What's love got to do, got to do with it." Photo used with permission of: Kimberly Felix Here are some of my favorite posts from other writers: “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” - Bob Goff...to read wh... [More]

Renew 10: 5 Practical Ways to Renew Your Mind

Renew 10: 5 Practical Ways to Renew Your Mind
Welcome to the 10th post in the Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) series. I wrote the series because I needed to remind myself of certain truths. I pray this encourages you. *************** One of my favorite ways to renew my mind is to hear other people share their stories. Occasionally, after a sermon, our church lets individuals share what God has been doing in his/her life. Bruce wanted to lose weight but he didn’t think he could. But he knew he needed to to be healthier, so he joined a D... [More]

Top 10 things I learned in January 2015

Top 10 things I learned in January 2015
What I learned in January 2015 (a mash up with 3 book recommendations) 1. Last year, I learned I needed to laugh more. Once again, God answered my prayer for laughter in unexpected ways. Our family sits around the table eating breakfast one Saturday. I dig into scrambled eggs and toast with apricot jam. My head is lost in a slight sleep fog and I'm still in my white bathrobe. My husband asks: "Would you let Bailey (our dog) use our bathroom?" What? Our girl smiles and laughs, "Yes!" My brow kn... [More]

Renew 9: Is rest active or passive?

Renew 9: Is rest active or passive?
This is the 9th post in the renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth series. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. ********* On the last morning of the women's retreat, I watched as light streamed in between towering sequoias visible from tall windows in the sanctuary. Although my body felt heavy from lack of sleep, my soul felt light. During our sharing time, a woman with whitish gray hair and an English accent (Carol) stood and gave a wonderful word picture for rest. The tho... [More]