Create a Top Ten Vision Board

Have you ever felt stuck, without vision or direction for your life? I sure have! Then when I finally started to head in a direction, too many ideas paralyzed me from moving forward in my purposes. Several months ago, a friend, Cheryl Smith, told me about creating a "Top Ten Vision Board." Cheryl shared Terri …

Life Branding: Focused Fresh Starts

There’s something special about the new year with its fresh starts and blank canvases. For a moment, you hear life’s urging to brush your dreams across the space of possibility. When possibility presents, you only have a brief amount of time to break from inertia and get into motion. Soon, everyday living will squeeze out motivation. …

Chosen

I created this mixed media to visualize what it means to be Chosen. In My Father’s Vineyard by Wayne Jacobsen inspired Chosen. I’m reading this wonderful book and savoring every word, like a glass of fine wine. Having grown up on a vineyard, Jacobsen’s knowledge about vineyard husbandry brings scriptures to life. Jacobsen explains how God has grafted us into the …

Complementary Colors: Divine Faithfulness and Human Surrender

Often unexpected circumstances take us where we do not want to go. Yet the resulting blessings of acceptance form a beautiful bouquet of complimentary colors—a mixture of divine faithfulness and human surrender. Recently, I wrestled with acceptance of a situation that was causing me consternation; I was challenged to trust God during a directional change …

Gratitude for my Son, Josiah

This morning gratitude nests in my soul as I remember my son’s entrance into the world 29 years ago. I ponder what possibilities await his life, this magnificent young man who lights up the world with his smile. I also remember the words of wisdom my great-grandma spoke: “The first step your son takes will …

Moment-by-Moment Magic

Living a spiritual life can be a moment-by-moment magical experience. One never knows when God’s Spirit will reveal a priceless treasure eyes do not see until the veil of rushing lifts. An uncurled rose, a baby’s toes, a covey of quail feasting. Sometimes this magic appears as whispers ears hear while eyes seal with sleep: …

The Goodness of God and Conditional Belief

Do we believe God is good only when He does what we want? Lately I’ve been pondering this question and the concept of conditional belief. How often my lips whisper, “I know I can trust you,” when my mind conjures, if you give me what I prayed for. In fact, I find the simple trust a child …