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Seeing the good in others; God gives us worth

So Wednesday was my birthday, and I was at the beauty shop sitting in the comfy spinny chair describing to my stylist what I was wanting her to do to with my mess, I mean, hair. I was asking for just a few highlights, trying to stay conservative with the budget. She studied my dry, long-overdue … Continue reading

Change the world and your marriage with random acts of kindness

So a few months ago, I was sitting in the Chik-Fil-A drive-thru line after a terrible week. My swollen eyes were red and stinging with each silent tear and my chest was feeling the crushing weight of a pile of bricks stacked ten feet high. All I wanted to do was crawl in bed and be done with my week, like ‘wake me … Continue reading

Dealing with a bully; accountability is love

My teen daughter has a bully. Oddly enough? At the moment, so do I. But after spending my childhood and much of my adulthood terrified of these intimidating people, I’ve finally reached a point in my life that I no longer live in fear of them or anyone. So that’s what I’m teaching my children to do, … Continue reading

What makes us feel beautiful: It’s not about vanity

‘She is clothed in fine linen and purple …’ Prov. 31:22 I recently had a request by a homeless woman in our Sunday school class who is going back to school. In a hushed tone, she asked for things like nail polish remover, deodorant powder, a loofah and jewelry. “You know,” she said. “The stuff … Continue reading

Looking for real love on Valentine’s Day? It may not be what you expect.

I’ve never been without a Valentine since I was old enough to care about one. I used to brag about the story of my senior year Valentine’s Day. From one boy, I received a soft teddy bear holding a satiny red heart; from another a dozen long-stemmed roses; and yet another a pair of beautiful … Continue reading

Location, location, location; God can use you right where you are

I can still remember the winter day we closed on our house in Eastern Montana. It was bitter cold, the sky was ugly gray and I swear vultures from the badlands up the road circled overhead. When we had house hunted the month before, this place was the one I told my husband I absolutely … Continue reading

Refreshing others … water line break brings blessings

Looking out my front window this morning I noticed two small fountains of water shooting ever so playfully up from the street. They weren’t supposed to be there, but they were fun to watch. My husband’s prediction? Broken water line. As I was noticing that our water pressure had decreased significantly, the city crew began showing up … Continue reading

God still parts the seas – a marriage redeemed

I know I wrote about this a year ago, but today, on my 15th wedding anniversary, I cannot dismiss the stirring in my soul that tells me I must write about it again. And even if you’ve heard this story before, you must hear it again. You see our marriage is a miracle. Our 15th … Continue reading

An encounter with an angel? God tests us …

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2 He told me His name was Tom. I didn’t see him coming which was strange because I’m usually hypervigilant about the people … Continue reading

Who will be the one to show kindness?

One thing I’ve learned as I journey through life with less focus on myself and more focus on God and others is that we need to give each other a break. Last night my family was out for dinner, and our waitress, old enough to be my grandmother, was clearly frazzled from the get-go. It took … Continue reading