Christian, Faith

When Orange Trees Don’t Grow Oranges

When we bought our home 12 years ago, I was excited to find out we had an orange tree in the backyard. It didn’t have any oranges on it at the time, but it wasn’t the season for bearing fruit. Even though I don’t have much of a green thumb, I wasn’t worried. I had… Continue reading When Orange Trees Don’t Grow Oranges

Christian, Faith

How to Walk on Water

Fear is a funny thing. Well, not actually funny, but you know what I mean. Fear comes in all shapes and sizes; it affects young and old and everyone in-between. It can come and go at the strangest times and at different speeds. It has physical side effects, some of which cripple for life. The… Continue reading How to Walk on Water

Christian, friendship, Spiritual Encouragement

Everyone Needs a L.I.S.A.

"Why are there so many Lisa's at church, mommy? What's so important about the name Lisa anyway?" My youngest son seemed genuinely confused and curious one night as we counted all the "Lisa's" we know. It made me laugh, and I think I responded with a light-hearted answer like, "Well, because Lisa is a cool… Continue reading Everyone Needs a L.I.S.A.

Christian, Connecting to God

Hashtag Exclamation Point

My son loves using exclamation points. Sorry, let me say that again. My son LOVES using exclamation points! I’ve tried explaining that it’s improper grammar to use exclamation points at the end of every sentence, but to no avail. He will read a sentence ‘normally’, and then again with his best expressive voice. He reasons… Continue reading Hashtag Exclamation Point

Christian, Perspective, Spiritual Encouragement, Suffering

How to Remove a Splinter

I know what you’re thinking. Tweezers, right? Well, not so fast. Sometimes it’s not that easy. I was at a church event when it happened. A tiny piece of wood pricked my finger. It was small, though, and I was distracted by the event so I left it for when I got home. The problem… Continue reading How to Remove a Splinter

Christian, Connecting to God, Nature, Perspective

The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth

You can hear all kinds of sounds in the forest. My family and I were just in the mountains of Colorado, where the peaks are shrouded in blankets of Christmas trees. I recorded just a few of the sounds we heard: swaying pines, gently falling raindrops, rushing creek waters, scampering squirrels, burrowing chipmunks, mountain goats… Continue reading The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth