I still remember as if it happened last night how mortified I felt as I struggled to cut a rock-hard pizza for first-time dinner guests. The pizza was ready one hour early, and not knowing what else to do, I left it in the oven on low. By the time our friends arrived, the pizza I’d worked so hard to make had reached the state of petrification. It was just as hard to eat as it was to cut, and I felt pretty low on the Martha Stewart scale. [Read more…]
Most days I’m in serious need of a mental makeover by 5:00 p.m. I start the morning on a positive note, but then home school, housework, e-mail, errands, and phone calls leave my mind worn down and overwhelmed by late afternoon. That’s why I want to keep working this year on the single most important New Year’s resolution I ever made. [Read more…]
Early this December morning after Christmas, I breathed a sigh of relief and wondered, “Did giving three parties in five days mean I’m a certified nut case, or could I just be an obsessive compulsive party lover?” Where did that fit in with my resolve to down size December and take the holidays slower this year?
Really, I loved every minute of it, but this morning while it was still dark outside, I enjoyed a peaceful moment drinking coffee and reading God’s Word by the light of the Christmas tree and candles. I wanted to savor the truth of God coming near to us, reaching into our world through the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable. [Read more…]
Every year I tell myself I’ll buy Christmas gifts early to avoid the last minute rush, and every year I find myself in the same place: out shopping the week before Christmas! Gift giving is one of my love languages. I take joy in planning and trying to find gifts that will please my family and friends.
Last week I searched several stores to find the perfect warm-up suit for my husband, and after waiting in line 10 minutes at the cash register, my heart lurched when the salesperson said, “Our internet service is down. We can’t take your card.” [Read more…]
Do you ever feel like there’s a wall between you and God? You pray and get no response. You sit down to read your Bible and your eyes glaze over, or a thousand thoughts come into your mind.
Many things can sabotage our relationship with God: tiredness, stress, busyness, or discouragement. No matter the reason behind spiritual dryness, adding variety or change to my morning quiet time sometimes helps me to sense God’s presence in new ways. Just like opening windows lets fresh air into my home, opening new doors brings renewal into my relationship with God
If you need fresh air in your daily time with God, try one of these ideas: [Read more…]