A Snapshot of Gratefulness – Philippians 4:6-7

I played outside with my family this week. My husband, sons, and grandson shot basketballs in a game of PIG while two other grandchildren sped by on their bikes, launching themselves off the ramp. The youngest sat in the grass. A couple of times I stopped the ball from escaping, kicking it back into the … Continue reading A Snapshot of Gratefulness – Philippians 4:6-7

Being Happy with Less than Perfect – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

As my family grows it gets harder for us to show up and sit still for a family portrait all at the same time. We're not good at staying on task, with the different ages and energy levels at play. And our colorful personalities are hard to corral to get everyone focused on the camera … Continue reading Being Happy with Less than Perfect – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Repairing Broken Relationships – Hebrews 12:12-15

Would you like broken relationships in your family to be restored? One way to see progress is by following the instructions outlined in Hebrews 12. I have been out of touch with some of my extended family for decades. Misunderstandings, indifference and hurts all played their part in dividing us, and since so many years have passed it wasn't likely we would ever come together again. … Continue reading Repairing Broken Relationships – Hebrews 12:12-15

Longing for Home – Psalm 84

One of our foster daughters was Little Miss Sunshine. She bounced on her toes all day long with the joy of living, her curls dancing over her shoulders. But quieting down in her room at night, we'd hear her crying. I attempted to comfort and pray with her, but I couldn't give her what she yearned … Continue reading Longing for Home – Psalm 84

Keeping the Joy

My son and his wife and daughter from Florida are here this week, and we're filling our days with all the touches of love that we can – from siblings, aunties and uncles, great-grandparents, and more. We've played Frisbee on the beach at Florence, popped in to see old friends from church, visited family in Portland, and sat … Continue reading Keeping the Joy