The Blessing of Life After Death

A little over a year ago, my dear friend Anna Smit asked me to pray with her about a website that she felt the Lord was asking her to open. It would be a space where those who had traveled a prodigal path, and those who were praying for loved ones on a prodigal path, … Continue reading The Blessing of Life After Death

A Dream of God’s Heart for Us

I have been so honored to be part of the team at Beloved Prodigal over this last year, and I have been amazed at the opening of my heart that God has brought through the connections given there. The ways that we have prayed for each other in the midst of our trials have been … Continue reading A Dream of God’s Heart for Us

Drops of Creativity

Are you a creative person?  I have some friends who are unbelievably creative, and they find such beautiful expressions for the deep heart that lies within them.  I also have some friends who say that they don't have a creative bone in them.  But I don't believe it. I think that sometimes we look around … Continue reading Drops of Creativity

Oil From the Flinty Crag

The garden center had called to let us know that they would deliver our garden bushes early the next morning. In order to help with lowering the risk of transplant shock, they recommended that we have the holes prepared for the bushes, so they could help us plant them quickly and safely. So my strong, … Continue reading Oil From the Flinty Crag

When the Creator Steps In

"Mom, will you clean off this rock for me?"  My young son had rushed inside from playing with his friends, and plopped another rock on the counter as I finished washing up the dishes.  He was off again, before I could ask him why he was unable to wash his own rock. "Oh why not," … Continue reading When the Creator Steps In

Mercy in the Withering

  At the back edge of my daughter's yard there stands a gnarled, withered old apple tree. When I spent several days with her last week, I found myself drawn to this tree each morning.  It was the aging of the fruit scattered on the ground and the withering of the leaves that felt familiar … Continue reading Mercy in the Withering

In the Shadow of His Hand

  I crave sunshine.   Even though I can easily become over-heated, I still follow the sunshine around, and refuse to pull all of the blinds closed during the hot summer time.   I crave the light.   During the long dark days of winter, you might find me leaving lights on in an empty … Continue reading In the Shadow of His Hand

The Blessing of Friendship

      "There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."  Proverbs 18:24 NIV   For the last few weeks I have been part of an inspiring "Poetry as Therapy Online Retreat" sent out by Jenneth Graser of The Secret Place.  If you would like to check it out, there's still time to … Continue reading The Blessing of Friendship

Remember: A Mama’s Memories

    We have a favorite story that usually gets shared at least once a year in our family gatherings. Even though our children were all young when it happened, (in fact our daughter wasn't even born yet,) each one could probably repeat the story verbatim now, since they've heard it throughout their growing-up years. … Continue reading Remember: A Mama’s Memories