Life and Memories

Hello friends, joining me on the blog today is Jill Ulven.  Jill is the PIM contact for the East Coast Conference and you can read more about her HERE.  I hope you enjoy this bit of encouragement as much as I did! My house is not clean. As I walk by a pile...

Finding God in the Skies

The flight from Chicago to Seattle covers about 2000 miles and goes over a diverse landscape flying over cities, farms, vast wilderness and mountains.  I’ve made this flight so many times I know the flight numbers by heart but what was different this time was what I...

Church Strife

At any church, at some point, there is going to be difficult and controversial situations that arise. As the spouse of the pastor, how do you lead through difficult times and keep your sanity? Keep your eye on the prize: Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are...

Coffee and God

So, I’m making coffee this morning and I’m literally standing next to the machine listening to it sigh and gurgle.  We were late to school this morning so I’m feeling a little harried.  I’ve got my phone in hand catching up on text messages with my husband who is at...

Value

Today my 8 year old had a hard time going to school.  After many small conversations, cuddles, and affirmations we made it to school and on time no less.  By the time we got to the drop off point and she got out of the wagon (that I promised she could ride in if she'd...

Advent 2016: Weary World

The object zoomed by my face so quickly I almost missed it. The familiar collision of plastic against wall jolted me. Escape. Thoughts of turning to flee the church nursery whizzed through my head. Is there any place to escape the spinning, dropping, banging, sloshing...

Advent 2016: Am I Enough

This holiday I find myself tired, soul deep. Each day new manna, each day the battle that I am not enough. Not enough of a wife, mother, friend, daughter. I tell myself be in the moment, be present. In this moment I do not seem enough. I need more patience, more...

Advent 2016: Simplify

No, I haven't read any of those books on downsizing or simplifying. I would make the excuse that I don't have time, but really, I think it's because I don't have the attention span to read a whole book on simplifying. The idea sounds amazing because we have too much...

Advent 2016: Waiting In The Dark

Happy first week of Advent!  According to the Church Calendar this is the start of the new church year and it begins with waiting and making ready.  Depending on your church you may or may not have a typical theme for Advent.  My church follows a Hope, Peace, Joy,...

God the Faithful Covenant Maker

There are times when I’m reading the bible (especially the old testament) that my only response is “What?”  I mean, I read the words but for whatever reason they don’t compute. I know I’m not alone in this… It happened when I was reading this passage about Abram...