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The Wedding

The Wedding

There is a hot spring breeze blowing through the big trees outside the living room.  As I look past the tops of those trees, I see my beloved little 1900’s church steeple and think about yesterday.  It was a milestone for us both. Since I was a little four-year-old sitting next to Daddy in the […]

What’s New in the Grove~ a cabin

What’s New in the Grove~ a cabin

Five years ago, a woman in my hometown said to my friend, “How come she gets to have a church?”  Farmer Dean and I were slightly miffed.  Not because we thought it had merit, but because we thought … why doesn’t she get to have a church! For those of us who are dreamers and […]

What’s in Your Closet

What’s in Your Closet

  In television comedies, like I Love Lucy, an actor opens a surreptitiously bulging door to a storage area and is buried in an avalanche of junk. Something similar happened one day when all three of my daughters visited my home. My youngest, Jenessa, tried to open the basement closet door. A small pow-wow between […]

What Christ Wasn’t Afraid Of

What Christ Wasn’t Afraid Of

Our greatest example of what it looks like to be real and authentic is  Jesus Christ In Matthew 14:14, Jesus isn’t afraid to heal others. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” In John 11 Jesus isn’t afraid to cry in front of others. “Jesus […]

Wintry Days & Depression

Wintry Days & Depression

So many times during long Minnesota winters, I find my friends discouraged and down, and even walk through depression myself.  Here’s the truth, whether you live in the dark days of Minnesota, Michigan or Wisconsin, or you’re walking in the sunshine of California or Arizona, every single one of us faces depression at one time […]

Becoming a Person of Authenticity

Becoming a Person of Authenticity

  This topic takes me back to 6th grade.  A girl who had been in my same class year after year didn’t like me.  I walked home with her from school and said, “I’m so sorry we haven’t gotten along very well.  I’d really like to try to be friends.” If that wasn’t real and […]

Keeping Your Foothold on Shaky Ground

Keeping Your Foothold on Shaky Ground

I remember four years ago when our little 1900’s church was moved to the south grove at our farm.  It was a time of great excitement, deep joy, and happy anticipation. As a few trees were cleared, grounds were measured, cement blocks were put into place and we awaited the arrival of the beautiful old […]

Looking Back for God Moments

Looking Back for God Moments

As each year is ushered out with the ringing in of the New Year, I take time to contemplate on life … my life, my job, my family, my friends, and God’s goodness. I look back at the months and ask myself …  where did God meet me? Did I find Him in moments of […]

The Peace of Christmas

The Peace of Christmas

It never fails.  When I get to the Christmas season, I begin to do some comparison shopping.  No, I don’t mean the kind where I’m looking to see if Target has a better sale than Walmart.  I mean, the kind where I look to see … how is everyone else handling things?  How are my relatives, […]

10 Tips to a Peaceful Christmas

10 Tips to a Peaceful Christmas

Sometimes in the busyness of the season, we become frantic trying to grasp what we believe is “the perfect” Christmas eve. For years, people have tried to dictate the perfect gifts to give, the perfect Christmas card to create, the perfect cookies to bake, and the perfect meal to make. We’ve tried it all and here’s […]