My Most Rewarding Job? Being a Mom

“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?  The fruit of the womb his generous legacy?  Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth.  Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children!  Psalm 127:3-5a (MSG) Another Mother’s Day has come and gone, and yet I’m […]

Unplug From Technology

“Everything is permissible…but not everything is beneficial.  Everything is permissible…but not everything is constructive.”  1 Corinthians 10:23  (NIV)  I called out to my daughter on the way to the car, “It’s time to leave for soccer.  Grab your bag and let’s go.”  Claire jumped in the front seat, stuck headphones in her ears, and set […]

This Season of Life

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) I had big plans for the summer months and my writing.  With my new site up and running, I was energized with anticipation to read and write and share my experiences.  Even despite the gentle forewarning from a […]

Accepting Responsibility

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.  Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.”  Romans 14:12-13 (NIV) A group of teenage boys decided to have a little fun by toilet papering a classmate’s yard and used post-it notes to leave behind a message.  My first thought was […]

The Gift of Motherhood

“Receive today’s gift gratefully, unwrapping it tenderly and delving into its depths.  As you savor this gift, you find me.”  (Excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young) Following the celebration of Mother’s Day, I received an email from my friend, Cora, with a link to the Hachette Book Group site.  She had no way of […]

WANTED: First Class Conduct

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”  Ephesians 4:29  (NLT) I recently attended a high school basketball game.  It was during playoffs with the winner advancing to the regional finals.  I saw some great basketball […]

My College Essay

Guest Writer:  Darby Carefully, I place the fragile round disc into the CD player. The small reflective device contains not just music, but a world of sounds, of emotions, of memories. Track 01. The clashing yet euphonious sounds of “Bohemian Rhapsody” swirl around me. Unlike any ordinary song, it defies its accepted structure. From ballad, […]

Fruit of the Spirit…GENTLENESS

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14   As Defined by Cathy, Age 16 I like this word; gentleness.  Have you ever tried yelling or shouting it out loud?  It just doesn’t seem right.  If gentleness […]

Fruit of the Spirit…PEACE

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”  2 Corinthians 13:11  (ESV) “What Peace Means to Me” by Nichole, Age 14 When I hear the word peace, the first thing I think about is world peace.  […]

Fruit of the Spirit…SELF-CONTROL

“You must understand this, my dear brothers.  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  For human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”  James 1:19-20  (ISV) From Nick’s Life, Age 17 Since I didn’t have a job at the time, I’d wash my parent’s car to […]