Beholding and Becoming

This week I got a dose of God timing. I had been reading Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons.  It’s a beautiful book because she not only writes it but illustrates it as well. It’s broken into 16 sets of chapters. One in each of the 16 is “beholding”…

Lid-berg

I’m getting used to living in the snow, but there are still some things that catch me off guard. One of them is how quickly water turns into ice. A month or so ago, our trash can lid got blown onto the hot tub. I saw it and for a couple of days thought, “Oh,…

Thrive-2021

It’s 2021! Never before in my life (ok, maybe in the Y2K fear going into 2000) do I ever remember people collectively anticipating the new year this much. Everyone was SO OVER 2020 and all that came along with it. I feel like people blamed so much on the year itself which was weird, but…

A Year in Books

This year I didn't expect to read as many books as the last two years because I knew with wedding planning and moving my time would be limited. Because of a lot of fun travel plans and busy days, I didn't finish my first book of the year until February 15th. Then quarantine happened and…

Hostile or Homey

I’ve been reading the She Reads Truth advent book that I mentioned a few weeks ago. One of the days had this verse tucked in it.  1 Peter 1:17, “If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as…

Voices of Fire

A night it’s nice to unwind with a little Netflix. Because of all that’s been going on the last few weeks, our normal show How to Get Away with Murder, is just too much emotion and drama for me. So we’ve been trying a few different shows. One that I really loved was Voices of…

Advent: Hope

It’s advent time! I have to admit that, as a kid, advent seemed kind of lame to me. I wasn’t all that into lighting one candle a week at church for four weeks each November/December. In the last few years, thanks to some great resources, it’s become an anticipated rhythm of the year.  It started…

It WILL be well with my Soul

The song “It is Well” has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a kid. I used to listen to Adventures in Odyssey all the time. Episode #221 featured the story behind the song. Horatio Spafford wrote the song after an excruciating series of personal tragedies. He lost his son to an illness…

Persistent Prayer

A friend introduced me to the devotional New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. I started it just after my birthday last year, and just got back to the start. It’s been a good resource for me to use to start my day. I’ve underlined and taken to heart a lot of things in it. …

Shield vs. Foundation

I read a book recently by Jamie Ivey called You Be You. Overall, it was mostly good reminders of things I feel like I’m doing fine with. However, there was one part that was worded well that I want to share.  She was talking about the passage in Matthew 7:24-27 when there are two men…