Wednesday marked the first day of Lent with Ash Wednesday services happening around the world in the Christian community. Growing up, my childhood church and family didn’t readily practice giving up something of value for Lent, and even into my adulthood, I haven’t consistently given up anything. However, of the years I have participated, God has met with me in this annual season of waiting … Continue reading Beauty From The Ashes
Before children, I think I was a decently considerate friend—spending time, calling or sending messages, and posting birthday cards on time were all routine activities. However, since having children, I have had to let my previous standards slip, while struggling to keep up with the daily demands of raising a family. Often, as a mother, it is all I can do to keep up with … Continue reading Expectations In Friendship
We can all be too prideful at times. We think our way is the right way and we don’t give enough time or perspective into another person’s way of doing things. I had lots of great conversations with my parents while I was visiting them last year in February 2020. Around the kitchen table, we got talking about my old university days in Seattle. I … Continue reading Humble Pie
I was scrolling through my old iPod (I say old iPod, because it’s usually sat in a drawer collecting dust, with the battery very low, and I haven’t updated it since I was living stateside eleven years ago!) and I was listening to songs that I had long forgotten from all those years ago. This third I will put into the fire; I will refine … Continue reading Whatever Is Of Worth
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 Last June, a pastor and his wife from New Zealand were guest speakers at our church and I was very touched by their story. Both David and Greta Peters had suffered tragedies throughout their lifetimes but brought the message of God’s hope, learned by trusting in … Continue reading Faith. Hope. Love.
This morning did not get off to a good start. It wasn’t dreadful but I found myself completely frustrated and even angry. Our lovely children, who really are lovely a lot of the time, chose to ignore me throughout the “getting ready” part of the morning. Asking once, twice, and even a third time to do simple tasks like using the toilet and getting dressed … Continue reading For The Hundredth Time
In our early marriage, one of the things I quickly observed and have now really understood about Charlie’s parents is their passion for DIY. From painting to new carpet, a new kitchen to putting up fresh wallpaper and laminate flooring, a good old “Mead” project seems to be in their blood. And Charlie’s certainly taking in their footsteps. On Sunday, we took a break from … Continue reading Good As New