When my neighbour got too old to garden, the nettle moved in. It came in from the alley, under the fence. It spread through rhizomes -- rootstalks that crept unseen beneath the soil. The rhizomes sprung tall and dense patches of weeds. My neighbour's beautiful gardens, the ones that brought her so much joy, were … Continue reading Bitter Roots
To the mom who is just starting out… And to myself. You’re excited about homeschooling. And completely terrified. Breathe. God has entrusted your children to you. Not to anyone else. To you. He knew they needed you. You need them too. You are uniquely equipped to be their mom—to love them, to walk alongside them, … Continue reading Dear homeschool mom who is just starting out…
The sun is just starting to push its way above the horizon, and last year’s fallen leaves are etched in frost. The woods quiver with birdsong, a crescendo that rises as the light becomes more brilliant. We wander slowly down the dirt trail, my friend, my daughter and I. Listening. Absorbing. We met at a … Continue reading The Promise of Life
Fat drops of rain splash on the weathered wood of the deck outside the back window. They mingle with melting snow, washing away the thick layer of winter grime. It’s the January thaw—a brief intermission before the cold and snow return in earnest. Even inside where warm lamplight pushes the mid-morning dreariness away, the damp … Continue reading Restore Unto Me: When Grace and Brokenness Meet
There is an incredible truth that has become so real recently. Something I struggled to grasp for years. Something that I caught hold of at times, but that other times eluded me. Something that has finally made it from my head to my heart for good. This changed my life, you guys. Are you ready for … Continue reading There’s something you need to know…
Dear Mama who is home with the little ones, There is something I need to share, something on my heart. You see, I have little ones too. And, when you’re home with your little ones, there seems to be much to juggle and little time. There are meals to cook and piles of laundry and … Continue reading For the Mama who is Home with the Little Ones
We live in a society in which the global church is increasingly adopting “progressive Christianity”. Here’s the thing. Progressive thinking becomes regressive thinking when we become so focused on promoting love that we forget truth.
According to the Bible, love needs truth in order to be effective. It’s the truth that sets us free.
The church might throw out a lifeline of love but if love is not anchored by truth then we are all just hopelessly drifting.
If that doesn’t break your heart, nothing will.
It was a lesson in grace wrapped in cheerful plaid paper. The knock on the door was unexpected. The present was even more unexpected. Unexpected and undeserved. A friend stopped by and pressed it into my hand—a gift from a whole group of our friends, my husband’s and mine. And I felt so unworthy as … Continue reading Plaid-Wrapped Grace: A Christmas Story
I’m not sure if you've noticed but something on the blog is different. Do you see it? Look carefully. Do you see it now? The blog has a new name. I was writing a post on the weekend when the title caught my eye. “Moments of Grace.” And a still, small voice whispered to my … Continue reading Something is Different!
My daughter sat dejectedly beside me on the couch. “She told me that she didn't want to play with me and it hurted my feelings.” Her eyes were sad as she described what had happened on the playground that morning. “I tried to give her a stamp but she didn't want it and then she … Continue reading Lessons from the Playground