Cultivating a Peaceful Heart

My life has been anything but peaceful the past few weeks. It has been crazy busy as I am helping my mom get moved into a safer environment. I had forgotten how much there is involved in a move. Especially when it is a move requiring downsizing and there is so much left in the [...]

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 [...]

Being Intentional with the Essential

The busyness of life so often keeps us focused on the world, our possessions, and our to-do lists. We get thoroughly bogged down and we frequently are blinded to what is essential. I must admit I have been hi-jacked by my to-do list, by the overwhelm of life, or by the want of more material [...]

The Lord’s Perfect Way; Not Always What We Expect

There is less than two months until Christmas, and then only one week beyond that 2019 begins. I recently was rereading snippets from my journal and repeatedly read about the stress and exhaustion I was feeling. How very overwhelmed I was, and how much my neck and shoulder muscles were throbbing. Over and over and [...]

Interruptions: Invitations to Rest

Have you ever pondered how the Lord gets your attention? When He does get your attention what has your response been? Did you stop? Did it lead you to change? It seem there are many circumstances and situations that come into our lives and seem to interrupt our days. Oftentimes we get irritated, we muddle [...]

Cultivating Presence in Life

"Test me Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on Your faithfulness."          Psalm 26:2-3   Where do you live in your mind? Is it in the past ruminating on the could-of-beens and should-have-beens? Or [...]

Find Rest in the Ruckus

"Yet I know, in quiet pockets where my soul craved recharge and peace that rest was exactly what I needed. But how? How does one truly rest in the midst of life all around?" Choosing Real by Bekah Jane Pogue. It is a beautiful autumn morning. The sun is bright and bringing some warmth to the [...]

Choosing Simplicity

The counter is clear now after being cluttered with dishes and food from yesterday's company. Looking at it washed clean and free of a mess helps me to take a breath and smile. Somehow simplicity helps us to breathe deeply and feel rest within. The same is true when I look at a week-at-a-glance and [...]

Finding Quiet and Learning to Play

Quiet... Stillness... Peace... Rest... Breathe. Such beautiful words to our busy striving hearts. We can read through this list, but when do you experience these in your life? We often are not able to find time to rest until we finally flop into bed exhausted at the end of the day. I'm a type A [...]