Gather Your Team and Make a ‘Family’

“Thank you for being on my team.” Words from my friend bear witness to this friendship we’re nurturing, to the time we’ve spent catching up over tea, in prayer, studying God’s word. The times we’ve carried one another’s burdens, rejoiced over each other’s victories. “Gather your team” we’d heard the speaker say. This wise woman at the podium, in the evening of her life, had given a diverse group of women …

Time for a Little Dancing in the Foyer

It was a sweet picture. A tiny Mama, grey hair disheveled and shoulders draped with a fluffy child’s blanket, twinkled as she shuffled her feet and waved her frail hands. Her smiling, middle-aged son lightly touched her dancing fingers and attempted to guide her toward the restaurant’s front door, planning to safely tuck her into …

On Being an Original, “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”: Writing for 31 Days

Today’s “God-Spot” was captured just down the road from our home in rural Indiana. I hope that as I share this reflection, you will be inspired to look for the “originals” in your life. One of the great blessings of certain friendships is that they enrich your life simply by the sharing of life. Such …

Treasured Holiday Recipes Are Flavored with Memories

Holiday recipes are special. Shared at the Thanksgiving table or on a Christmas buffet, these dishes represent the love, fellowship and celebration that accompany the breaking of bread together. Growing up, it was my grandmother’s apple dumplings with her special butter sauce that meant “holiday” for me. Or my mom’s five-pound candy and my aunt’s …