A Labor of Love

I’ve had a love for writing my entire life. I remember in third or fourth grade when our class decided to throw our teacher a party. My job was to write a poem for her. How I wish I had a copy of that poem now! After raising four children, I wonder what it said....

The Joy of Intentional Gift-Giving

If holiday gift-giving has gotten away from you in the past, or if you can’t even imagine how you are going to budget for it this year, or make room for all the new toys, or add to the laundry pile of clothes, or manage your family’s screen-time with the next...

Appreciating Your Pastor

October has been dubbed Pastor Appreciation Month. Certificates to restaurants, gift cards to Walmart, an overnight at a B&B, and theater tickets are among the many awesome gifts given to my pastor-husband over the years. Each gift brightened our lives and filled...

Six Simple Ways to Care for a Caregiver

Deja-vu came on strong for me one morning recently. My mother-in-law lay in the other room recuperating from a fall which had resulted in a fracture of her spine. Every morning she needed help getting out of bed and putting on a back brace. She needed help with her...

Does your creativity matter to God?

In a recent rush of activity, a simple question stopped me dead in my tracks. What was my creative outlet? I was so occupied with providing creative opportunities for others to use and discover their creative voice that I had stopped writing. People around me had no...