Blessings · Faith

Wrestling with God

I am a thinker, a planner, a strategizer. But there are times when all my thinking and planning and strategizing doesn’t pan out the way I want. And there are times when, no matter how much I think and organize and coordinate, I am still truly powerless to control the entire situation. Do you ever…… Continue reading Wrestling with God

Blessings · Faith

The Ripple Effect ~ Jodie’s Story

I recently told you our house story. And I told you that the huge things God was doing in bringing us to this house don’t end with our family. I love how God ripples out the blessings when we tell other people what He’s up to in our lives! Throughout every step of finding this…… Continue reading The Ripple Effect ~ Jodie’s Story

Blessings · Faith

Giving With Gratefulness

Throwback Thursday – I wrote this in April of 2009. A little more than a year earlier, we had uprooted our lives to serve as support staff missionaries in the home office of a large international mission organization.    Did you know we’re supposed to be thanking God when we make our offerings to Him?  (I…… Continue reading Giving With Gratefulness

Blessings · Faith

Gratitude vs. Grumbling

Several years ago I studied the Life of Moses in Bible Study Fellowship. During one morning’s lecture, our teaching leader told us that grumbling and complaining about our circumstances is really grumbling and complaining against God. Ouch! Let me tell you — hearing that was uncomfortable. I wanted to forget that part of her lecture…… Continue reading Gratitude vs. Grumbling

Blessings · Friends

Liebster Blog Awards

My sweet sister-in-law, Julie Abel, nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. Liebster is a German word that means dearest. Bloggers pass along this award to other bloggers who have a following of less than 200 people. Awards like this are a neat way to network bloggers who don’t have a huge following yet. And…… Continue reading Liebster Blog Awards

Blessings · Family

I Should Have Named Him Isaac

This adorable kid turned 10 yesterday. He was born on a Friday, the start of Labor Day weekend, 2002. We lived in VA, and my mom had driven down from WV for the long weekend hoping I’d conveniently have a baby while she was there. That Friday morning, my husband made his 30-minute commute to…… Continue reading I Should Have Named Him Isaac

Blessings · Faith · Family

The Roller Skate Story

As I’ve studied the Bible, I’ve noticed that the Israelites had this habit of recounting the stories of God’s faithfulness to them. Isaiah 38:19 even says – “the fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.” With feasts and festivals and holy days, they set aside time to remember what God had done for them, how…… Continue reading The Roller Skate Story