• Sign up for our newsletter!
  • Cart
  • Beholding Jesus

    Until I met Dan, I had only flown in cabin of a plane, never in the cockpit. We started dating a short time before and dating a pilot came with a whole lot of crazy!   For one of our first dates, Dan needed to deliver a plane to Memphis.  The plane he was flying had no passengers so he invited me to sit in the co-pilot’s seat. Being seated in the cabin, a distance from the captain, gives us a small, limited view, a partial perspective of where we are and what is going on around us, but on this trip, I had been repositioned.  As I sat next to the captain, my eyes were opened to a new, larger perspective.  I was amazed at the view from the cockpit   It was wide and expansive.   The captain had invited me closer, and my perspective changed because all of a sudden,
    Read More

    Christmas Bucket List

    As a child, it seemed like most of the month of December was spent waiting for Christmas to finally get here. Did anyone else count down the days and imagine what that magical morning would look like with all the gifts under the tree? Then when Christmas Day came and eventually passed, it was suddenly over and so began the waiting for next year. A few years ago I decided that I wanted the season to be more than just waiting for one day and I wanted it to be about more than just getting presents. Yes, the anticipation is fun and I love seeing my children’s excitement grow a little more each day. But I wanted to get more out of the entire month of December and really create a season of Christmas, while also helping my children to focus outward and not just on what was on their
    Read More

    Surviving Christmas

    Congratulations!!  You survived Thanksgiving.  Barely? You may be realizing that you have already gotten into an unhealthy holiday craze of scheduling, meeting family and friends’ expectations, over-spending, or just working tirelessly to fill an empty void.  Your anxiety may be increasing now that you’ve realized that you’ve over committed and over extended yourself to make this Christmas “The Best Christmas EVER!” and you have no idea how you’re going to pull it off. Or…you just survived the most catastrophic family gathering from which you left wounded and broken and would be perfectly fine to avoid seeing any of those crazy people again till next Thanksgiving! You’re licking your wounds and cowering in the corner hoping to hide out till the New Year. Regardless of which scenario you relate to, you still have time to regroup and regain control of your holidays to make them more meaningful and enjoyable. If you
    Read More

    The Gift of Peace

    The winter of 1975 was anything but peaceful for me.  While studying at Northwest College thousands of miles from family and friends, I faced multiple trials that rocked my world.  I experienced challenges at school, my job seemed uncertain and several family members at home were hospitalized with serious conditions. I had to make some tough decisions on my own and was unable to help those I loved who were so far away.  Leaving for our Senior Class Retreat to the mountains was a welcomed relief.  However, the snow and icy conditions at the camp set me up for a whopping back flip and a cracked elbow.  Surgery was scheduled but until then, my arm was in a cast and I was facing finals with sleepless nights in writhing pain.  On my way to class, carrying my books in my good arm, a storm raged with winds strong enough to
    Read More

    What If You Didn’t Struggle?

    Have you ever just had “one of those days”? You know, the kind where you sleep through the alarm clock, you’re late for work, you accidentally dress in two different shoes, the kids are arguing and complaining, and you get to work only to realize that you forgot your coffee! It is not even 9am and you are ready for the day to be over. Sometimes it is just “one of those days”. But maybe for you it has been one of those weeks, or maybe even one of those years. Whatever the situation, you find yourself in, I want to ask you this… What if you didn’t struggle? Usually, when we find ourselves in the midst of a struggle we really don’t want to be there. However, thinking back on my life, where I am now, and who I am today, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have
    Read More

    Save One

    Have you ever helped someone with a problem, then realized the aid you gave was from a place of learning in a dark stormy part of your life? Or what about the times we seek help for our own problem from someone we know has walked this path before us? Either way, we gave or received comfort. It’s such a satisfying moment when we understand a difficulty we faced, and what we learned in that difficulty we could later transfer to someone else. I have to be honest that’s a pretty good feeling. It makes you think about your problem differently, like you didn’t go through it just for yourself. Maybe you had to travel that path to help the person sitting right beside you. When you’re able to give the help needed, you feel somewhat like the person out front hacking down the weeds first so everyone behind you
    Read More

    Health for the Long Haul: A Look at Hormones and Stress

    Hormones are being spoken of more often and openly these days and the Western medical model is now incorporating hormone health and stress management into overall vitality and wellness care more than ever before.   Individuals are now realizing that this common aging and lifestyle concern is worth evaluating in their quest to live, look, and feel better.  Today, even church ministry leaders are bringing these healthcare related topics to the forefront by hosting workshops and special forums to engage and resource adults in a unique and effective way.   Hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on a person as they go through various stages of aging. These changes can especially be significant for a woman as she goes through the reproductive years, through the menopausal transition, and as she simply adapts physiologically to life’s stress and unexpected difficulties. Hopefully this short article will bring enough insight and interest, even with limited
    Read More