Practicing Slowing with Day Outings

The parking lot was brimming to overfull, only a few hundred feet from where the girls and I were playing in the Virgin River at Zion National Park. But from the place we were, all you could hear was the babbling of the river.

You’d never guess we were close to so many cars and people. We had paused and set up “day camp” by the river where we could arrive, enjoy, and soak it all in.

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Fellow Sheep {Home, Part 6}

{Home is the starting place for lived-out-love, a place where the needs of the whole person are cared for.  This post explores spiritual care.}

Jesus is our Shepherd, and we are his sheep.  Thinking of our relationships this way sets the tone for spiritual care and relationships within our home.  Seeing ourselves as “fellow sheep” would be helpful for any people living together under the same roof!  Knowing Jesus as the Shepherd puts our relationships into perspective.  When we have a growing relationship with Jesus and trust him to work in others’ lives, it is humbling, hope-giving, and freeing for our relationships with one another.

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My daughter, Aubrey, reading her Bible before bedtime.

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Prayer is Dependence

God is the Source of all good things!  All things are from Him, through Him, and to Him (Rom 11:36).  And prayer is how we stay connected to Him throughout our days.  He is the One who causes the tree to bear fruit or turn colors; the tree does not try hard to do this.  Similarly, when we stay close to God in dependence, He accomplishes things in our lives.IMG_20171113_140724989 Continue reading “Prayer is Dependence”

Trying vs. Trust

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!  Trusting God opens my eyes to see all the gifts He gives us.  I pray the words in this post move you one step closer to trust and gratitude.  These thoughts come right out of my journals, from my heart to yours!

Writing these posts has been a gift from God these past months.  Ideas and words come to me, and I write them down before I lose them.  An analogy comes to me, maybe as I weed or notice the grass growing out-of-control.  This has been a joy for me!  And then it’s my responsibility to respond, with the attention and work to put it into words.  This joy has been somewhat of a surprise to me!  IMG_20170915_102216535 (2)

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Bible verse cards, a printable for you!

For years, I’ve jotted down Bible verses and put them in places where I would see them.  As a teen I had them on my bedroom mirror.  And then I put index cards on my car dash to read and memorize as I drove forty-five minutes to community college (OK, maybe this wasn’t advisable!).  This verse happens to be tucked by our garage door right now.IMG_20170913_142722346 Continue reading “Bible verse cards, a printable for you!”