Tag: renewed

Home Sweet Home

Today I travel to Montana to visit my mom, siblings and a few of my nieces and nephews. It is interesting that, after 35 years, I still call Montana “home.” I grew up just a short drive from West Glacier, the gateway to Glacier National Park, pictured above. So what makes a place “home?” It’s …

Daily Reads 07.29.2019

Read: Isaiah 43:1-4; John 3:16-17 It is the early morning hours. The time when dawn gently taps me awake, nudging me into consciousness while my body continues to slumber. The first rays of awareness break through, exposing the heaviness that has been my companion these last few days. I do the only thing I know …

Daily Reads 07.28.2019

Read: Romans 12:2-3 Today we had the awesome privilege of spending the afternoon at a friend’s pool. The pool deck is surrounded by beautiful plantings of both perennials and annuals. Her flower pots overflowed with geraniums, petunias and sweet potato vines of various colors inviting a person to lay back and relax! Another friend and …

Daily Reads 07.27.2019

Read: Isaiah 8:11-17 You might be wondering what in the world this reading has to do with parenting. In my experience as a parent, I spent too much time thinking about what other parents were doing or thought they would do. I followed other parents patterns in an attempt to get it right. The truth …

Keep the End in Mind

Dave and I are in an awesome phase of parenting – empty nesters. Most parenting begins at the same place: infants and toddlers. The most basic job a parent has in this stage is to keep the children alive. Somedays it feels like herding cats. I remember the day I came upon my youngest daughter …

Daily Reads 07.22.2019

You don’t know what you don’t know. I think that’s the reason we become parents. Seriously! If we knew how hard it would be, we might take a second thought. But I know why I had children in spite of how difficult it was at times. Because I believed that, in the end, it would …

Daily Reads 07.19.2019

Read: Isaiah 26:3, 7-9a I am sure I have read these verses before but when I read them again today I had to pause. My first response was, “Huh?” Seems to me that somedays my way has been rough and steep. So I reread them. My second response was, “Hm!” And I thought, “Do I …

Daily Reads 07.18.2019

Perspective. In eighth grade art class, I learned to draw a house in perspective. You know, so it looked three dimensional instead of just flat. I felt clever and accomplished. Perspective. It is what we need every day to keep ourselves from swirling out of control. In the fall of 1990, Dave and I built …

Daily Reads 07.17.2019

I am restless today. The restlessness is in my body, not my mind. My mind is at peace. It’s an odd combination for me. Read: Isaiah 26:3-4 What did I do today with a restless body and a peaceful mind? I helped my daughter. Her baby is just a bit over four weeks old and …

Daily Reads 07.14.2019

Traditions. We started last week looking at my tradition of camping. What traditions do you value? How has remembering this week helped to spur you toward good traditions? Sunday observance is a tradition I value. I love my day of voluntary suspension of laborious activity. Nothing is more pleasurable to me than knowing that I …