Finding Him in the Valley

I lift my eyes up to the mountains Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, The Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121) As I wound my way through the Yosemite valley my heart was pounding in my ears, breath faintly visible with every exhale in the chilly January afternoon. The only audible sounds were […] Read More

Longing for more

longing for more

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Life was good, and I was content. It was autumn of 2017. I was busily involved in our daily life here in Pennsylvania—drafting a […] Read More

Trials and Tribulations

‘In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 43:5) It seems there’s no guarantee of anything in this unpredictable world […] Read More

Joy in His presence

That feeling of happiness seems to come and go as the wind, however, biblical joy is unaffected by circumstances or compliments.  It does not sway with daily mood swings. Rather, biblical joy is knowing God, and our God is good, pure, love, and a never-ending, never-changing God.  Because of that, we can always have inner joy in knowing that God […] Read More

Walking in Joy

Back when my husband Jon and I were dating, a coworker asked me the following question: If you could get away from the crowds, take a long walk through nature, and choose only one other person to walk with you, who would it be? Of course, being in the early stages of falling in love, I smiled big and responded […] Read More

When God Moves You

When God Moves You

So, we’re digging out and through our mile-high and -wide stack of moving boxes. Every other minute I’ve asked myself, “Why did we bring this? Why did we keep that?” Newly motivated (i.e. overwhelmed) by this sea of cardboard, I’ve re-homed or chucked things I originally thought I couldn’t live without, such as: Old paper bags I saved to make […] Read More