Journaling, Spiritual Growth

In My Bag & On My Table | My Favorite Journaling & Study Tools

My husband and I fondly refer to our first date as The Inquisition. Neither of us were casual daters, he had only one prior girlfriend before me and I had zero before him. We were friends for almost a year before he asked me out - so we had a good idea about each other… Continue reading In My Bag & On My Table | My Favorite Journaling & Study Tools

Journaling, Spiritual Growth

Slime Slinging and a Woman Named Damaris

My son recently discovered the joy of building blocks. He painstakingly gathers both pieces in his chubby baby-not-quite-toddler hands and angles them together to connect. Sometimes the ends don't fit and he grumbles in frustration, but when they do, he looks up with his big blue eyes to see if anyone noticed. He'll hold up… Continue reading Slime Slinging and a Woman Named Damaris

Journaling, Spiritual Growth

Tithing Your Time | A Free Bible Reading Resource

I’m a wordy.  I fell in love with books in middle school. I’d check out a stack from the public library and a stack from our church library and have them read in a week. I’d return them only to leave with more stacked tall. There's a running joke in my family when my teacher… Continue reading Tithing Your Time | A Free Bible Reading Resource

Journaling, Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

The Thing About New Year Resolutions, Word for 2019, and the Book that Revolutionized My Year

I once had a boss who would write reminders on her hands. We'd be in the middle of a meeting when something said would trigger a thought and she'd grab a pen and write a word on her palm. Toy - to reminder her to bring a toy to a birthday party for her friend's… Continue reading The Thing About New Year Resolutions, Word for 2019, and the Book that Revolutionized My Year

Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

The tree is in the corner of our living room. Its lights are bright and the ornaments are high so a certain little boy doesn't mess with them. I splurged on embroidered stockings last year and they hang off the blanket ladder to the right of the tree. All gifts have been ordered and wrapped… Continue reading This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

Journaling, Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

My Great-Grandfather’s Well | A Legacy of Faith

The Bible sits on one of my mom's bookshelves. It's red, normal looking. Doesn't have an interesting design on the cover. Doesn't even have a name imprinted on the lower corner. I was ten when he died. My great-grandpa on my mom's side. She asked to have this particular Bible after his death. Inside the… Continue reading My Great-Grandfather’s Well | A Legacy of Faith

Journaling, Spiritual Growth

Why Journaling Matters

It was my sixth Christmas when I got my first journal. It was green and had a praying angel on the cover. Even though the pages would be penned in my very large learning-to-write characters and the greatest climax it ever saw was the frustration to be getting a second brother instead of a long-awaited… Continue reading Why Journaling Matters

Spiritual Growth

A Rendered Heart

Every now and then a theme of a particular Truth appears, and reappears, and reappears again in different ways and in different avenues. In this particular case, the Truth was loving God wholeheartedly - the avenues, a Bible study, a book by a completely different author, and a sermon by the pastor of my church.… Continue reading A Rendered Heart

Spiritual Growth

The Wanderer’s Returning

It's not that I meant to wander. It's not that I purposefully determined in my heart to stray from My First Love. It was the sinking revelation that I had made the Lord familiar - commonplace. When had His name stopped being so very precious to me? When had things that used to move me,… Continue reading The Wanderer’s Returning