A Haven of Love, Rest, and Connection

My fourth goal for 2020 is to make our home a haven of love, rest, and connection. I have a picture in mind of what that will look like and feel like for me, but in order to know I have achieved the goal in the end, I need to find ways to accomplish this. [...]

God’s Grace for My Journey

It is a cool morning, I woke early and came outside with one of our cats. Her name is Oreo, named before we got her. She was a wandering stray. She loves being outside, but we never allow her to run loose for fear she would get hurt. So, we put her in a cage [...]

Sabbath: Choosing to Embrace

We have discussed the importance of choosing to cease and to rest as we celebrate the Sabbath. This week we are looking at choosing to embrace. Dawn discusses a number of different aspects of what we embrace on the Sabbath. She starts with embracing intentionality. In embracing intentionality the emphasis is on the value of [...]

Living Intentionally or on Autopilot

Psalm 86:11 "Teach me your way O LORD and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name." How would you describe your life -- are you living intentionally or are you running through life on autopilot? I have been working my way through the book "He [...]

Delighting in Devotion

Do you take delight in devotion to the Lord? The definition of devotion is "love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause." It is in the loving, being loyal to, and having enthusiasm for, that we actually flesh out the true delight. In my journey of recalibrating life, I am trying to make [...]

Savoring the Sweetness of Soul-Restoration

Psalm 23:3 "He restores my soul" Last week I shared how I was knowing simplicity in my faith-walk through lingering with the Lord (The Luxury of Lingering). This week I want to share how I am knowing simplicity in my faith-walk through savoring the sweetness, as I am recognizing in slowing down, how the Lord [...]

The Luxury of Lingering

My goal of recalibrating life is leading me to desire simplicity in everything. Last month the sermon series at my church concentrated on the subject of prayer. Prayer can be a complicated part of life mostly because of our personal understanding and expectations of it. Too often prayer becomes a time of laying out a laundry [...]

The Breaking

"Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." John 12:24 NIV Do you ever question why things happen to you? I think, especially, if we find similar things happen to us repeatedly we begin [...]

Where is Your Treasure?

A big part of recalibrating my life is simplifying. It seems that we are very good at accumulating. Year-after year we purchase or acquire more things, and we add more activities to our calendars, saying yes to people along the way. Moving Mom has been a huge amount of work. Through the years she collected [...]

The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting [...]