Your fingers hurt as you pull back the string, keeping your eye on the fletching.  Your arm wants to shake as it pulls against the tightness of the string.  You move your focus down the shaft, linger on the arrow head, then center on the yellow circle in […]

“Not now, sweetie, I’m busy.” “Go ask mom.” “I can’t.  I’m going to the mall with Julia tomorrow.” “I’d rather go to the movies.” “What did you say?  I wasn’t listening.” It hurts when those we love are too busy for us.  It doesn’t just hurt; it breaks […]

  Emptiness abounds.  A click of a button can become a painful reminder of the parched souls and aching hearts that may be hiding behind the faces of our closest family, neighbors, and friends.  Sometimes, we see the pain; other times, we don’t find out until it is […]

Does it feel kind of like we’re back at square one?  Fear involves punishment, so we should not be afraid if we love God, but Jesus Himself said that we should fear God because of… punishment?   Sometimes it is so easy for us to take things apart […]

by Stephanie H My dearest, most beloved son whom I have forgiven, Please do me the kindness of reading this letter through to its end.  Do not be afraid of the words I have written in it.  Do not be afraid of what I will think of you […]

by Stephanie H. Spare no Expense. Exodus chapter twenty-six describes the construction of the tabernacle.  The first instruction is to make ten curtains of fine linen, in blue, purple, and red (the most expensive colors to make in those days), with designs of cherubim on them, all made […]

by Stephanie H. “And let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” ~Exodus 25:8 Oh, the dear Old Testament.  It can be so easy for me to learn only the “usual” lessons from the Old Testament, especially the books of the Law, and […]

  Well, here I am again, after a long silence! I apologize for my lack of posting lately. Life has been incredibly crazy (and I only foresee it getting crazier as baby #2 joins our lives sometime in the next few weeks), and I have been longing to […]

It happened again this week – a childhood friend had enough of life, and ended his. It wasn’t the first time it has happened with those I have known. But it doesn’t get less painful, or less heartbreaking…and distance of friendship over time doesn’t change a thing. It’s […]

  [If you are encouraged by this post, don’t forget to share it!! Easy share buttons at the end of the post below!] It happened again this morning. I got upset. My heart felt thin and cold…and I lost patience with my daughter, and those around me. It wasn’t […]