Glory to God in the Highest - Hope Has Come

I’ve recently learned that “Christmas Time” is technically Christmas Day and the 11 days that follow, hence the 12 days of Christmas, so this post isn’t entirely too late. Right?  True, “Hope Has Come” is my first Christmas song, but I wasn’t able to record it and share it with you all until now because (dun dun da!!!) my computer had crashed!   Thanks to an expert diagnosis, being able to order parts online, and trusting my husband to fix it (though I need to work on my “I trust you” face), my 2012 model laptop has been resurrected.  I am thankful for this tool and the ability to share with you all. This song actually flows out of my time in Nashville last September.  I attended a breakout session led by Stuart Townend, on “The Art of Lyric Writing”, though I’m pretty sure he went rouge and decided to share instead what the Spirit led him to share that morning.  He identified areas in the genre of Christian music where he saw “holes” or needs for more specific kinds of songs.  Among…

Favorite Things - Aurora Night

What would you say are your favorite things?  What things, when you see them or get to experience them, bring you joy? Mountains at sunset, my little girl with her dog on the new spring grass, and babies bundled in snow gear make my list. Favorites on my list this time of year can be in short supply, but I’m still striving to find the joy. You see, for me, winter in Alaska brings on a few “not so favorite” things.  Darkness…talked about that a bit in my last post.  Snow…hinted at that one too.  Cold…yeah, I live where the air can hurt my face.   But this time of year brings about one of my “top of the charts” favorite things: the perfect conditions in which to see the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights.
When my husband and I first starting “dream talking” of moving here in 2006, I remember sharing how excited I was that we would live where we could see the northern lights! At that time I naively thought they would be a nightly occurrence, but nonetheless we couldn’t wait to experie…

Find the Joy - October Snow

Well, October is here. Not sure what happened to September. Maybe it got lost in the flurry of new school year schedules and…wait for it…a trip to Nashville!  Yep, I got to go to Music City with some dear friends for a music ministry conference in September.  It was my first time to that glorious place, at least as an adult aware of my surroundings, andmy first trip out of town without my family since I became a momma over 9 years ago. Not gonna lie.  It was amazing, not just because the music conference we attended was out of this world fabulous, but because I was maybe more “me” than I have been for a while.  Hear me when I say that I treasure my family and who I am because I’m called “mom”. But there is something to be said for adventuring out on your own and steeping yourself in something that fills your heart.  Something that you feel called to do. Want to hear a transformative teaching from my time out of town?  Here it is.  We are blessed by God so thatwe can be a blessing to …

Summer Song - An instrumental to celebrate the season

So, what season would you say is your favorite?  When asked, I can find things I like about each and every season (yes...even in Alaska), but I tend to cling to our current season with complete joy!  Summer...aaaahhhh.

Maybe it is the return of the light and warmth.  Maybe it is the feeling of satisfaction and dirt under my fingernails after working in my garden.  Maybe it is the thrill of landing a King Salmon on our boat with my family.  Maybe it is the return of color...a glorious contrast to the monotone black and white of the past 6 months!  But really, it is probably because my favorite things in life have always happened in the summer.

We used to travel from the Chicago suburbs in my youth to the mountains of Colorado every summer.  The cool (and less humid) mountain air was a fantastic place to ride stick horses and explore the ponderosa pine forests.  That mountain paradise became home to my family when I was 12, and there we continued to enjoy our summers, and added motorho…

Psalm 121 - From Cradle to Grave

In the Spring of 2012, I met with a couple of friends for a weekly "book club" of sorts.  My daughter was almost 3 years old, and I was very pregnant with our second child.  We had been meeting for a few years, and had read through numerous books written by various authors, usually concerning motherhood, faith, and encouraging suggestions on how to live out faith IN our mothering.  Our young children would play around us as we discussed questions from our study guides.

The book that we spent time in that Spring was A Mom After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George.  The subtitle she used to describe her book's content was 10 Ways to Love Your Children.  One of those suggested ways was to "Teach Your Children God's Word," living out the encouragement of Deuteronomy 6 to "teach [God's Word] diligently to your children" so that it "shall be in [their] hearts."  As if that wasn't a high enough calling, I was struck by something ve…

Living the Uncovered Art

Excitement is one emotion I'm feeling as I type these first words.  But I'll admit...they are laced with doubt and a "why" question in mind, but hey...that is just fear talking, right?  You see, I wouldn't label myself as a "writer" or even among the very wise.  English was not one of my "comfort zone" subjects in took a lot of work!  So why write??  Well, I pray this blog becomes an answer to a call: To live the art I'm called to offer.

I recently finished a lovely book entitled A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman. About halfway through, daughter asked me what I was reading, and as I tried to explained the soul feeding truths I had been gleaning, she asked me if Emily was my friend.  After giggling a bit, I actually said "yes, yes she is," though I haven't been given the chance to meet her in person (yet!).  You see, the art that Emily lives out is encouragement.  She has a beautiful way of helping her rea…