Cottage on Hill, Manteo, NC

Our family vacationed this year at Cottage on Hill in Manteo, NC.  This is our take on the place!  The owners Mr. and Mrs. Bell were friendly and responsive to our needs not only in deciding to rent from them almost seven months ago but also the week we were there.  They live near the…

Brand New Day

My favorite spot on vacation is early morning sunrise. Before the busy of the day, my soul and all my senses take in God’s glory, His creatures, and the faithfulness of the sun to rise. This morning I was able to visually see the moon and sun out at the same time. Birds sing, take…

Jelly Toast

I grew up in an older home from infancy until about sixth grade.  My years there were filled with warm summer nights with box fans in the windows, crickets serenading me to sleep, and a pretty pink canopy bed, with pink shag carpet. My yard had large oak trees, and one tree was well suited for…

The Writings of Charles Spurgeon Lifted Us!

He did it again. My prayer devotional book, FerVent, by Priscilla Shirer has connected me to other believers who read my blog and with strangers during the course of the day.  Friday, while eating breakfast with my husband, my mom came over expressing her thoughts on the post about The Notebook.  My father and mother took the…

The Notebook: A great expression of God’s love for us

Strategy 4, Your Family. By now you know I’m reading the book FerVent by Priscilla Shirer. The chapter on “Family” was familiar.  I have three beautiful daughters, and I’ve been married for 27 years.  Most books and Bible verses on marriage, I’ve read a thousand times, or heard lectures with similar themes and messages. I’ve been…

Keep throwing sticks in the water

Imagine living in 848 BC. You have no modern conveniences, and you are working hard out in the heat of the day to build a home. In order to build this dwelling place, you had to borrow an ax to cut down trees, one-by-one, to provide safety and shelter. In 2 Kings 6 the sons…

A Single Word Can Make Your Heart Open

Like a small boat On the ocean Sending big waves Into motion Like how a single word Can make a heart open  Rachel Platten, Fight Song My daughters love this song, and I have grown to appreciate the passion and message behind the lyrics.  I believe the song has a message of the simple but miraculous….

Something Tamed and Wild

If you are a new mom, you will wholeheartedly wrap your mind and soul around this post. My youngest is in 7th grade, but my oldest just gave birth to a sweet, precious, bundle of joy, little girl. I’ve been helping out quite a bit, and my joy overflows! What I was quickly reminded of,…

Absence: Give up your Junior Badge

Can you minister to someone else or yourself in the state of absence? After my post on a crowded heart condition, I reached out to a friend.  She is a faithful reader of the blog, and she had similar concerns and thoughts. We decided to pray for each other and to read the book FerVent…

Is your heart crowded? Mine too…

My heart is crowded.  After the message this morning, I realized my over-sized, compassionate heart has little room or space. After writing this confession, I think back to Mary and Joseph begging for a place to deliver Jesus–the Son of God–and not a single person had room except for a man who offered his stable….

Becoming: Your Life Matters

The ultimate purpose within life is renewal. Each day you awaken to a new day, a slight change in the budding flowers, or the climate. Many would argue that we live in a world in which the opposite is true. Over time our bodies deteriorate, and our earth’s resources are depleted. After watching my sweet…