Straining our Eyes

I love to make photo books and look at pictures from past vacations because it gives me an opportunity to savor the blessings we experienced as a family. The long car rides and sibling squabbles all fade into the background as I remember the sweet memories of meals, shared adventures, and relaxation. In the biblical book of Numbers, the Lord reminded the Israelites of all the amazing things that had transpired to bring them to the edge of the Promised Land. One of the greatest ways to experience contentment involves taking time to stop and count our blessings. Life is difficult, and the wilderness wanderers had experienced plenty of difficulties: …

Getting Organized

From social media pictures it’s clear that back to school season has arrived. I love those first day photos that have been a tradition in our house. This year my twins made a sign that said, “Last First Day.” Wow… it’s crazy to think it is their last first day of school since they are beginning their senior year! Back to school season isn’t just about that first day picture though. Even when all my kids are out of the house, I know there will still be a return to routine during this time of year. I’ve been working on my women’s Bible study schedule and will be meeting with …

Rediscovering Wonder

At a conference a few weeks I listened to a speaker talk about growing up in Tennessee as a child and never seeing snow. He described the wonder of it when he woke up one Christmas morning while visiting family in a northern state and seeing the ground covered in it. As he spoke about growing up and finding his wonder often turning to cynicism, I resonated with his words. I am surrounded by wonderous things – family, friends, purpose, opportunities, and a loving God. Yet these blessings so often lose their wonder as I attempt to manage them rather than relish and share them. This season of the year …