Intergenerational.

In the summer, I lead an intergenerational Sunday School class. Yesterday we had two families with toddler-elementary kids, three adults (one with developmental disabilities, and four high school students. It’s a little crazy and a lot fun. We play games, we use markers and have good conversation. One thing I am reminded of every year:…

#My500Words

“And what do writers do? They write.” – Jeff Goins I want to write more. I hanker for a regular blogging practice. I have dreams about writing books that get published. I believe what people say: that the only way to become a writer is to write. I am learning at Weight Watchers that it…

What I learned at last night’s Prayer Service

So there was a Prayer Service at my church last night. We have an awesome Prayer Ministries leader (Dorothy) who is working really hard to help all of us understand the importance of prayer, pray more, and experience being prayed for, too. She is leading the charge for a quarterly prayer service, and last night…

Family Time: Starry Night

(“Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh) I ran across this great idea for some Family Time this Christmas by Jim Leibelt, an Editor and HomeWord. On a clear and starry night before Christmas, rally the troops for a little field trip. Find a safe, outdoor spot where you can clearly enjoy seeing the stars. Ask…

Escape the Noise: Psalm 46:10

I really appreciated the sermon on Sunday at First Trinity. We’re in the Advent Conspiracy…hoping to do four things during Advent and Christmas: Worship Fully Spend Less Give More Love All This last Sunday was focused on “Worship Fully” and it was called “Escape the Noise”. I encouraged kids at the Children’s Message to have…

Chain of Blessings Kit (with Printables)

Looking for a simple, fun thing to do around your Thanksgiving table this week? First Trinity’s Administrative Assistant, Dona Trautwein and I came up with this fun idea. (First Trinity friends and members, we will have a kit for you with everything ready to go if you are present at the Thanksgiving worship service on…

Stepping up to the scale after a “not so good” week

Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? – Isaiah 43:19 I have been wrestling for months now about whether to be writing in this space about the health journey I am currently on. I don’t know how to explain the wrestle, exactly, except to say that…

Morning

  This picture is from 2006—my niece Lily and my nephew Paul at the breakfast table. Can you tell which one is the “morning person”? It makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it. I sometimes have a hard time knowing if I’m a “morning person” or not, but there’s a lot…

Looks like humility, smells like pride

There are times in my life when I find it very hard to forgive myself. Usually this problem pops up when I’ve made a mistake that has hurt someone else, and I can’t get it back. Apologizing to them, and even receiving their forgiveness, doesn’t take away my shame. I spend a good deal of…