What does faith look like?

What does faith look like?
Welcome to the first post of my series exploring Faith. A few weeks ago, my husband and I walked and talked after dinner. Tension accompanied us with each step as we fumbled with words as if we each spoke in a foreign language. Faith here looked like inviting God into our conflict and seeking in love to listen to each other share his/her heart. We didn't know how our disagreement would resolve. Faith meant we obeyed God by not stewing in anger. Instead we shared our feelings with grace (for th... [More]

Top 10 Things I learned in July

Top 10 Things I learned in July
Sorry for the delay* in My "Faith Series" post, which hopefully, will be after my monthly "What I Learned" post. In no particular order, thoughts on art, writing, improving communication, and the gospel... 1. If you wish you could visit Yosemite like me, check out Yosemite's Instagram feed here. Nature is the best eye candy. 2. Earlier this month I saw the painting Irises by Vincent Van Gogh at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. While I listened to the audio tour (which I highly recomm... [More]

What do beans, abiding in Christ, and joy share?

What do beans, abiding in Christ, and joy share?
Sometimes joy and laughter sneak in while we play. Our daughter and I sit cross-legged on her bed's light purple quilt. We spread out colorful cards for the game Bohnanza on her bed. When my nieces introduced us to the game, I was skeptical. How could a game based on buying, planting, trading and selling different beans be fun? Photo of Bohnanza cards used with permission of Flickr User: Ask Dave Taylor The bigger the group of people who play, the more wild the trading and yelling of competin... [More]

On asking for joy?

On asking for joy?
I don't often think of Jesus caring about my experience of joy although joy is part of my relationship with God (Gal. 5:23-24). I feel like I'm peering into the Grand Canyon with this topic. Morning light streams in from windows as I sit at my kitchen table. I've read this verse before but it shines into my heart in a new way. "Up until now you have asked nothing in my name, 'Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.'' - Jesus says to his disciples in John 16:24. This verse is part... [More]

On cilantro, 4th of July and small beginnings

On cilantro, 4th of July and small beginnings
Sometimes a single thing can be the be the catalyst for a new creation. Every Fourth of July, our neighborhood holds a block party where we share food, drinks and conversation. Children twist red, white and blue streamers together to decorate tables and the home of Carla, our street's "mayor." A group of adults moves drinks onto tables and into ice-filled coolers. My husband grills chicken-apple sausages and slices watermelon for the potluck. Someone made a salad with spaghetti noodles, cilant... [More]