Timely Quotes from a Dusty File

Although it looks and feels like spring outside, the calendar says we’re still in the heart of winter. Hypothetically at least, that’s the best time of year to tackle all those inside projects that have been relegated to the bottom of my to-do list for longer than I care to remember.

There are bookshelves to decorate, budgets to update and photo albums to work on—but not until I finish filing stacks of old bills and going through other piles of paperwork that I’ve been meaning to organize for years.

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Love for the Long Haul

Our first February as a married couple, Randy had one rose a day delivered to my desk in the newsroom during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

More than two decades and a whole lot of life later, he accidentally did something decidedly less romantic the week before Feb. 14.

“Put lotion on and forgot to put my ring back on!” he texted me one morning. “Feels naked.”

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Love Equals Time

If I had to pick the most meaningful gift I’ve ever given my girls, the Valentine’s Day present I gave each of them last year surely would be in the running.

It cost me nothing (at least not initially) but kept on giving all year long.

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A Song for the Heart in Need of Hope

We’ve been plowing some tender soil around here lately, holding fast to truths about God’s timing and presence even as we contemplate the uncertainty and feelings of inadequacy that loom in our lives.

Maybe what we need most, as we move forward on this journey, is hope. Hope that God is sovereign. Hope that He is faithful, that what He’s doing in and around us has purpose, that He holds us in the palm of His hand and won’t let go.

Thankfully, we do have this hope–because of Jesus.

He, truly, is our only hope.

Today, it’s my prayer that “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North encourages your heart like it has encouraged mine.



God’s Timing is Astonishing

The Monday before Christmas, I was at home by myself. It was early in the day, and I was feeling unsettled and a bit lonely.

I can’t pinpoint an exact cause for these feelings. The stress of the season? A combination of circumstances and unknowns over which I had little control? All of the above, maybe?

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When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed and Inadequate

A few weekends ago, I had a dream.

I don’t often have dreams—not that I remember anyway. Sometimes I can recall fleeting images, and occasionally I wake up with my heart pounding after being chased or because I forgot to do something important.

This time, though, I actually remember the story line.

I was in a house. It may have been the house I grew up in—a turn-of-the-20th-century farmhouse on three acres. It was Sunday morning and I had to be at church by 9. There was a storm under way.

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