Strength – Two Day’s Reflections

I wrote a few personal journal entries this past week and decided to share them in succession in hopes they may encourage you in some way today. Tuesday I am so noticing that when I actually carve out 5-15 minutes of time early each morning and simply worship and root my day in the truth […]

Joy and Perfection

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:15-16 NLT I didn’t […]

Made My Day

It was the first day of classes at the Christian school where I work and Piper and I were out for a walk before the sun was up. Amy and Sara were in Ames, getting ready for the first day of classes and checking out the sorority recruitment process. Maybe it was the heat and […]

On Critics and Naysayers

What if we quit listening to the naysayers, the critics, the news, celebrities with more dollars than sense and whatever society tries to convince us is currently in vogue?  What if we were the one with guts, the one in the arena who “failed?”  It’s easier and safer to take cheap potshots, second guess after […]

Running the Race

When I was going through breast cancer in 2010, so many of you were praying for me that I could feel the strength that came in countless ways through that community of support. Why then have I not asked for the same support through difficult times that have hit since then? I believe the enemy tries hard […]

On Electing Leaders – or Statesmen(persons)

With the upcoming election dominating the news, I find myself intrigued, troubled and yet strangely at peace. Intrigued by the pure bizarreness of it all. Troubled by the divisiveness, negativity and polarity. At peace knowing (as a history buff) that things have been this ugly many times before – the 1800 and following elections were […]

She Walks Best at a Different Pace

  Not since spring have I left for a walk with Piper in long sleeves (me, not her), but this beautiful morning called for them with temperatures in the 50’s. Piper loves our walks and as she was deprived of yesterday’s because of Amy being in Colorado and Sara and I having packed schedules, she […]

A Step of Faith, Across the Ocean to Africa!

  Our apologies if we may have reached out directly and this is repetitive, but we are taking this opportunity to let our blog followers know about another step of faith…. This summer Ross, Sara and I along with roughly 15 others from WoodsEdge Community Church have an incredible opportunity to take a 17-day mission trip […]

Love They Self

In order to receive good things, we must believe we are worthy of good things. If we don’t, we subconsciously reject the gift as it works its way down to our hearts and finds the doors locked. The gift may be beautiful, sincere and true – a complement; a lesson designed to impart truth and goodness; […]


Arise oh weary one. Arise and follow Me into Life. Trust in Me, lean in on Me from the epicenter of your heart. I will bring peace in unearthly ways.  Free the essence of your humanity. Learn to move to the heartbeat I provide. There is always hope. Some must look harder for it than […]