weekend renewal

I am savoring this morning with its gift of much-needed rest. Processing an image or two, listening to the sounds of summer, sunlight streaming in. It's a glorious moment after a soul-weary week. … [Read more...]

weekend renewal

I love serving others in my church. Bible studies, mentoring, counseling, administrative work - I enjoy them all. But one area of service where you will not find me is children's ministries. I've learned that children are not my thing. Oh, they are cute as can be, and say the funniest things. They are curious and imaginative and full of emotion. I really love children. But my less than imaginative self does not work well on their level for very long. So I leave the serving of children to others. It's really better that way, for me and for them. Except once each year, I get to serve the … [Read more...]

Redemption from the Storm

Walking with another person as she grows in grace means that sometimes we will grieve. We will grieve for the one who refuses to see her sin, who fully believes she is the victim of her circumstances instead of recognizing and confessing her sinful choices. It means we will grieve for the mom who does not know how the path of life could have led to this painful place, who saw the storm coming but felt powerless to stop the torrent of rain. It means we will now walk with her and help her in the midst of the storm. It means we will come to a place where we must choose to give up or … [Read more...]

weekend renewal

After a morning of editing images and writing a post, I realized the post doesn't fit the feel of my weekend renewal posts. So I'm putting it on hold for this week. Oh joy for more than a weekend post. ;) … [Read more...]

weekend renewal

My son scrolled through my posts not long ago and asked why nearly every post is titled Weekend Renewal. I had to explain that it is the title I chose for my weekend posts. Not understanding the busy demands of being a wife, mother, friend, full-time employee, and student, who is also trying to help her husband with a home project that she really, really wants to get finished so the house can be put back in order and she can smile at the beauty of it, he incredulously asked why they were the only ones. I gave him that "oh, you don't know anything look" and stammered that lately the weekend is … [Read more...]

weekend renewal

One of the blessings of having such a small readership is that I know most of my readers. I know more than your name and face. I know where you live and  your family, I know your personality and your idiosyncrasies, I know what makes you laugh and what makes you cry. I know the trials you face, the ones you are facing this very day. … [Read more...]

weekend renewal

We braved the night, with its tormenting mosquitos, for about ten minutes before my husband lovingly ran back home to fetch the bug spray. Ah, relief! The super moon, with its soft orange glow did not fail to impress. And the last shot of the night turned out to be the best. After a few muggy summer days, our windows are open once again. I love the sounds of the birds singing and trees rustling. I'll be spending the better part of the weekend wrapped up in homework, but will probably take a break to visit a local antique shop that I've always wanted to visit. I've seen the sign for years … [Read more...]

Confessions of an Introvert

Relationships can be messy. They are full of joy and pleasure. Yet, sometimes they are just plain hard. And for an introvert, interacting with people is also draining. I used to think there was something wrong with me because I wasn't a people person. I like people; in fact, I love them. I just wasn't comfortable with small talk and didn't always want to be with them. It was a relief to learn that as an introvert I am not deficient, just different. After spending decades wanting to be more out-going, I embraced my God-given temperament. Then my eyes were opened to my sin and my heart tore … [Read more...]

weekend renewal

Life spun a bit faster than usual this week. The comfort of control was lost in the dizziness of wanting to complete more tasks than our twenty-four hour days would allow. By Thursday my flesh was winning. I got mad at another person for their impatience while almost simultaneously displaying my own impatience with something else. We all demand action on that which we desire, and though the desire may be different, the flesh wins when we lose patience. At the close of the day my sin loomed large and I could not deny it was the sort of day that reminds me how wretched I am. The sort of day … [Read more...]