The Wasp Nest

Oh the weather outside is frightful… It’s cold and windy with snow blowing all around, and yet my mind drifts back to the days of summer. Ahhh – the warmth, the breeze, the yard work. Yep, yard work. My husband and I purchased a home a few years ago and I have fallen in love with landscaping and yard work…. Continue reading The Wasp Nest

Sweet Smell of Victory

As we walk the streets of life, there’s nothing like the good news that Jesus leads us in triumphant procession. The victory we have in Him is an undeniable fragrance that He desires to fill our lives and overflow everywhere we go. Holy Spirit– burn within us so the aroma of Christ transforms the earth.


The HTC staff had gotten together in the cafe at Harvestime.  The children were in the nursery in the adjoining room.  One of them cried out “mom!!” and instantly one of the parents responded and went to see what the problem was.  There was no way that I could discern who was crying out, but that parent knew the voice… Continue reading Mom!!!!

Unwrapping Christmas

Gift giving seems to be a big part of Christmas.  And when you look at the first Christmas you see that giving gifts was a big part of that Christmas ,too. The Magi brought three gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.   Let’s read their story. Matthew 2:1-2 & 9-11 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of… Continue reading Unwrapping Christmas

Baby Jesus?

Today, I heard on a political talk show a discussion that brushed against eternity. The host was astonishingly making the point that this life is not all there is, as we shall live forever, in an attempt to minimize our angst over aging and dying. The program director interjected, “Yes, yes, baby Jesus I believe just like everyone believes in… Continue reading Baby Jesus?

Expose What You Expect

Every now and then I read something that makes me want to shake my computer screen and shout, “Yes!” This last month I received the following email from Michayla White who is Director of the International Network of Childrens Ministries. I shared it with the REAL Kids Leaders team, but I have not been able to shake the wonderfully worded… Continue reading Expose What You Expect

Trust Me

In our house we look forward to the end of August. It’s my daughters birthday AND it’s when Menards starts putting out their Christmas decor! My daughter and I love to go see all the tree displays and new decorations. Yes, we are those people who get joy out of early Christmas! But with the early Christmas also comes the… Continue reading Trust Me

Step In

  God’s heart is to see you step into who you were created to be. But there’s more. He’s calling you to take others with you. It’s time to step out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. It’s time to step out of complacency and into your calling.

Time to be a Man

You would think that a blog of this title would be written in June when we try to encourage or guilt men to step up and be better, but I am too impatient to wait for Father’s Day.  Besides, the way time is speeding up it will be here next week. “In the days when judges ruled in Israel, a… Continue reading Time to be a Man

Green Ice Cream

August 28th   If you have watched tv ever in your life you have seen those commercials — specifically ones that tell you how to turn fat into rock hard muscle.  Some of these commercials will try to tell you how to sit and chair and swivel a certain way, others will teach you new dance moves, another will send… Continue reading Green Ice Cream