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The Grass is Always Greener – Series in Review

Jealousy and want can plague each of us from time to time. But, when we turn our attention to our own gardens, we get a glimpse of great beauty and a better way. Last fall I shared a series called, “The Grass is Always Greener.” It was an exploration of how we can make things […]

Living a Better Story

The point of a story is never about the ending….It’s about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle. — Donald Miller Hubs and I have been reading and discussing this book over the last few weeks. Yes, I’m cheating. It’s on the Booking It reading list for March. But, FishPapa grabbed […]

What Makes Christmas Merry

A Merry Christmas is not found in the abundance of gifts, food, or frolics, but in a knowing and a confidence in Him. Christmas really isn’t about the presents. The music and the stories and films are all well and good, too. But, they aren’t what it’s about. It’s not even about the food. Christmas […]

Compassion and Confession

We get letters from our Compassion children, Julan and Joseph, every month or two. Julan even writes me in English so there’s no need for a translator. He calls me Tita Jessica, an honorable address in Filipino culture, as if to a parent. This last envelope included a letter from Julan’s mother, writing to thank me […]

5 Things to Remember About Christmas Shopping

It’s been a crazy weekend, hasn’t it? I didn’t go shopping, but just a glance online showed me there was a lot of fiscal activity going on out there. While I heard voices saying, “Calm down, this won’t buy you happiness, ” I also sensed a lot of folks worrying about getting more stuff. There […]

Grace

We’re walking into the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. For some there is eager anticipation of seeing folks they’ve not seen in a long while. For others there’s the bittersweet sadness of missing those they love and can’t be with. For still others there’s discomfort, pain, awkwardness in family reunions, differences of opinion, and discomfort in […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

As moms, we can aspire to greatness: to feed our children healthy food that they will actually eat — without complaint to provide cultural, athletic, and literary experiences that they will enjoy to provide a clean and tidy home where it is their joy to clean up after themselves to teach our children to love […]

The Most Beautiful Garden (The Grass is Always Greener)

photo source There’s a garden nearby where children play happily, never bickering or squabbling. They share nicely and politely. Always. They are impeccably dressed, no stains or tears in sight. The older  help the younger and obviously enjoy each other’s company. The yard is well-tended with beautiful flowers, neatly trimmed bushes, and lush lawns, all […]