Ten Things I learned in June

Ten Things I learned in June
(We're taking a break from our love series for this post.) In no particular order, I share thoughts on creativity from Elizabeth Gilbert, a review of a Dickens' movie, Ken Burns on history, and other things: 1. If you've ever prayed to God for a miracle and didn't get it, then Lisa words will (hopefully) encourage you. "Miracles are not the answer to suffering; God is." —Lisa Appelo Read the rest of Lisa Appelo's heartfelt post, "5 Reasons Why God Answered Her Prayer Not Mine," here. &nb... [More]

Love pays attention - 3 (& a challenge)

Love pays attention - 3 (& a challenge)
A blog subscriber's e-mail responding to the latest post in our Love Series: One Way We Can Receive God's Love, inspired today's post. M's e-mail said: "Please share any responses you get about how people receive God's love!" I directed her toward readers' comments to the post. And then something unexpected happened today where I felt God's love—but first a prologue—to set the context. God daily showers his love on me through common grace (sunshine, rain, birds, butterflies) and spec... [More]

One way we can receive God's love- 2

One way we can receive God's love- 2
I remember holding our baby girl for the first time: my joy at her existence and arrival. My husband and I could scarcely believe she was here—ten fingers, ten toes, and a healthy set of lungs. I didn't once think about what she could do for me. Many people, including myself in the past, unconsciously think God loves us more when we serve or when we're useful. But God's delight in us is infinitely greater than my delight in our daughter. God created us with our unique gifts. And God lov... [More]

Love Series: First Be Loved-1

Love Series: First Be Loved-1
Have you ever driven or walked down a street daily, then one day, you notice something for the first time? The thing was always there but you never took the time or had the time to pay attention. Or maybe you suddenly notice something new about your spouse, a child, a parent or yourself although what you noticed had always been there. What comes to your mind when you hear the word "love"? I hope to explore with this series the ways you and I maybe look, think, and experience love without realizi... [More]

8 Things I learned in May 2016

8 Things I learned in May 2016
Podcasts, a movie, a book, writing advice from William Safire and a webisode are some of this month's finds: 1. If you want pansies to self-sow and produce glorious purple color from fall into mid-spring in a pot, give them enough water. I used to think they didn't last very long but now I know it is because they didn't receive enough water. 2. I highly recommend Terry Gross's interview of Nancy Jo Sales, author of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. "The whole idea ... [More]