Truth is a strange thing. We can know it in our heads and yet feeling it in our hearts is an entirely different matter. At at no other time are we more aware of this duality than when we are hurting. When life feels so unbearable that we simply cannot imagine a time when we weren't in so much pain. But God's truths, the truths about who He is, His character, His promises...they don't change. Even when our circumstances do. Even when there is deep pain. Even when there is confusion. Even … [Read more...]

Mind the Gap

mind the gap quote

Welcome to week three of our 'Life in Season' study series!   Discussion Questions 1. When we don't tend to all areas of our faith, we leave ourselves wide open for gaps to develop. It's in the gaps where we find we are the most vulnerable to sin and temptation. Where in your faith do you think you have gaps that you aren't 'minding'? 2. Read through this passage from 2 Peter 1:5-8. "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, … [Read more...]

The Standings

The Standings

Welcome to Week 2 of our Life in Seasons Studies Series! Discussion Questions: 1. Share with us a time when you felt your faith was smaller than a mustard seed? What scriptures do you lean on as a reminder that Christ has not forsaken you during these times? 2. Can you relate to King David when he cried out, "My God why have you forsaken me?" Do you sometimes feel God has forsaken you? 3. What are some things you can do, when you feel the world is judging you, to remind yourself … [Read more...]

Broken Things


Welcome to the Life in Season Study Series Week One     Discussion Questions 1. Do you find it hard to extend the same grace to yourself that God extends to you? 2. In what areas of your life are you holding onto the broken things? 3. Why do you think you do that? 4. Read Isaiah 44:22 5. What does it mean to you to know that God has swept away your offenses? 6. What does living a redeemed life look like for you? Thank you for meeting me at the fence today,   … [Read more...]

The Parade


It was a late summer evening. School was already back in session and while it felt like it should be fall, Oregon was in no hurry to say goodbye to the warm nights when the sun seemed to linger on the horizon, wanting to make sure that it was the last one to leave the party. We sat on my parent's patio, eating berry pie and drinking coffee while the kids took turns (a miracle in and of itself!) pushing each other on the tire swing down in the woods. From where I sat, I could see my sweet girl … [Read more...]

The Crispy Season

dried hydrangea

We have officially reached that time of the year which I affectionately refer to as 'The Crispy Season'. Outside, the plants that were lush and bright only last week are now dry and wilting. The spiders are in their heydey, weaving webs all around the yard where they glisten in the hot August sun.   … [Read more...]

In the Coolness


I often hear people talking about how they feel closest to the Lord when the sun is shining down on them. The warmth emanating from that giant star in the sky reminds them of the warmth of the love of their Heavenly Father. And I get that. I really do. But, for me, it's in the coolness that I find that I sense the presence of God the most. Every morning when I make my way downstairs, I start the coffee and then open the sliding door to our deck. And when that cool air hits my face I'm … [Read more...]

Pride and Confidence

hydrangeas in wicker vase holder

On a regular old weeknight not too long ago, my family and I discovered a new-to-us music channel. 'Party Favorites' is the perfect blend of older and newer songs that make you want to get off of the couch and shake your groove thang. Somewhere between 'YMCA' and 'Getting Jiggy With It' my daughter and I realized that we were the only two left in the family room dancing our hearts out. I'm pretty sure my husband and son just gave up because our sweet moves were simply too impressive for them … [Read more...]

Rest Assured

summer kitchen island bounty

Many years ago I was apart of a very early morning Bible study. In that season in my life as a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, it was the only time of day that worked for my schedule without having to line up a sitter each week. One particular morning, my alarm went off and as my eyes struggled to open I immediately felt the desire to pull the covers back over my head and pretend the rest of the world didn't exist. It wasn't just because I could have used about 900 more hours of sleep (did I … [Read more...]