Category: Spiritual Lessons

Giving Thanks for Conflict
Giving Thanks for Conflict?

  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thess. 5:18   Something very interesting jumped out at me when I read this passage. Here is the verse in context:   “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing….

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Follow the Divine Arborist

I am a perfectionist. And I am married to a perfectionist. And we are raising three perfectionist children. Perfectionism leads to high expectations, which leads, in turn, to frustration and disappointment when the expectations go unmet (which, in this imperfect world filled with imperfect people, is often). In fact, my friend has a saying that…

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Lifeschooling Lessons from a Weekend of Heartbreak

We buried our beloved dog today.   And two other puppies, also. It’s been a rough weekend.   I had such plans for the weekend…and they didn’t include the discovery of a nearly-dead puppy Saturday morning, rushing to the vet, thwarted by stand-still traffic, puppy finally dying on the vet’s table. My plans did not…

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Things I Learned on our Girls Weekend

As those of you who follow my podcast already know, my year started off very intentionally with a two-week fast, seeking God’s direction for our family. And direct He did! I felt a strong sense that I needed to pull back and refocus on my family, as it is so easy for me to become…

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Gifts, Not Trophies

Do you know the difference between a gift and a trophy? A gift is something a person gives to another person out of love. It is not earned, but received with humility and gratefulness. A trophy, however, is earned by merit. It gives the receiver “bragging rights” and is put up on the mantel over…

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The Foundational Question at the Heart of All Questions

  The next time you find yourself searching for answers to a homeschool dilemma you are having, ask yourself this question…   Self-evaluation is a good thing. It helps us become more aware of how others see us and to grow as people. The other day I was doing a little self-evaluation, which led me…

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