When You’re at the End of Your Rope and Hope

When You’re at the End of Your Rope and Hope

We all have moments on our gravel roads and other dusty places when we hit our end. Maybe you’ve hit the end of your…. Shift or sanityDay or dreamsWeek or witsRope or hope When your end is fried, frayed, fatigued, and frazzled, or you can’t see the end or how this will possibly end well, Read More

You Are Essential

You Are Essential

During the coronavirus, some have deemed hairdressers non-essential. My roots and I disagree. There are essential workers on the frontlines of this global pandemic—health care providers, law enforcement, and food production, among others. We are praying, cheering, and appreciating you. Press on! But if your name doesn’t land on that list, hear this: You are Read More

Day Something

It seems the Coronavirus has us all counting something. Maybe you’re counting how many days since the kids have been home from school,you’ve been working remotely or not working at all,you last hugged your family,you’ve been to your favorite place with your favorite people,you can remember a day without thinking COVID-19. It’s Day 13 on Read More

Mornings Matter

Mornings Matter

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 What are the first three things you did when you woke up this morning? 1. ______________ 2. ______________ 3. ______________ Though Read More

How to Stop Zipping through the Years

How to Stop Zipping through the Years

If you’re looking for a fun and festive game for all ages, this might be it: Zip Bong. Everyone sits in a circle and uses their lips to cover their teeth, pretending to be elderly. If you’re elderly, you have a clear advantage—no pretending for you. Someone begins the game by saying “Zip!” If it Read More

To Those With Teeter-Totter Trust

To Those With Teeter-Totter Trust

“Farmer, Farmer, let me down!” was the teeter-totter cry of the person dangling her legs from the high end of the see-saw. “What will you give me, Charlie Brown?” asked the person on the opposite end of the teeter-totter who was safely seated on the ground. The one on the top could promise everything from Read More

Is It Worth It?

“Is it worth it?” Landon asked. He was excited but anxious. Standing in line to board his first flight, our 8-year old grandson, white-knuckled the handle of his new luggage and asked again, “Nana, is it worth it?” His fear was anchored to a single newscast he happened to be in their family room to Read More

5 Quotes about Taking up our Cross

One of my loves is His Word and gathering words from books, blogs, and more. As I streamline my scribbles about the cross into this space, may it strengthen your heart, too. Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Read More

10 Things I Don’t Want to Forget from the Going Beyond Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer 2019

On April 6 it was grace to gather with local sisters in Prinsburg, Minnesota for this year’s simulcast with Priscilla Shirer. And though my notebook contains many scribbles, here are 10 things I don’t want to forget. Abiding with Jesus is a choice. Draw a line in the sand and make the daily choice to Read More

What do you want God to do?

Stacey is the sentimental one. Out of the four sisters in my family, she has more stuff that sparks joy for her than the rest of us do. Because, for Stacey, items are never valued by shelf space or price tags, but in the memories and meaning they possess. So when she told us she Read More