As I prepared to write this post, I took a few minutes to read a friend’s Caring Bridge update. She just received her final immunotherapy treatment for the cancer she discovered last year. I celebrated with her as she shared, “IT IS FINISHED!” Today, I invite you to celebrate with me as I say, “IT …

Nothing is quite as sweet in a relationship as single-mindedness. I admit, my passion for The Cabin was kindled long before Dave’s. I envisioned what it could be, how it might be utilized, the lives that would be blessed as a result of spending time in retreat from the every day demands. Dave saw the …

There are moments when I contemplate writing a book. I consider entitling it, “ETC” because it would be a collection of all my random wanderings gathered into one space. The post today might feel like I decided to do that because I did. First . . . 3Then God said, “Let there be light,” and …

The book of Hebrews has always fascinated me. Written by an unnamed author, he (or she) writes to convince Jewish Christians living in Rome that Jesus is superior to the old way. Specifically, living according to the New Covenant is superior to the Old Covenant. While I don’t want to write a commentary on Hebrews, …

Pause. Sometimes life pauses. The work on the cabin is paused. Paused for a wedding, for the weekend, for the holiday, for personal interests. It sits and waits — patiently. Sometimes pauses are welcomed with grateful hearts. Other times pauses are forced and unwelcome intruders. There is one perspective I always gain in a pause. …

Dismantle. In any restoration project that is the first step. It is unsettling. The first thing done on the cabin was to take it apart. Not completely, of course, but half the roof came off. New dormer walls went up. The floor of the loft came out and everything in the cabin removed. For a …

We started talking about renovating the cabin a long time ago. We threw ideas around, wondered what we should do, were we just happy with it the way it was. A journey to emotional and spiritual healing is much the same. There might be cracks or hang ups noticeable, but often I am used to …

I see so many parallels between my spiritual life and what I experience in the natural realm. Last week the work on the cabin officially began. (Pictures to follow soon!) I’ve shared before the underground work that happened – electric, sewer, water – all necessary. None of it exciting. None of it visible. That is …

10Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Zechariah 4:10 The work has begun. It’s not a lot to see, but the work behind the scenes is amazing. Talking to suppliers, securing plumbers, electricians and landscaping is done. Plans are being drawn, …

Fifteen years ago, Dave and I purchased twelve acres of woods. Trails through the woods were maintained for four-wheel or snowmobile riding; a sledding hill offered the thrill of winter fun; a 14 x 20 cabin offered warmth and shelter from the cold, snowy adventures. All of this was the dream and work of the …