Is you Christianity practical or extravagant?

Is you Christianity practical or extravagant?

It was a special night. The first Easter was just a few days away, although they had no idea. Close friends gathered to celebrate the resurrection—Lazarus’ resurrection. There was fabulous food. Lots of laughter. Their laughter was fueled with gratitude. Everyone at...
Why you should check your pace – 6 reasons we don’t slow down

Why you should check your pace – 6 reasons we don’t slow down

I’ve been hiking some mountain trails with Gary this week in Colorado. It’s beautiful! A blanket of snow across the mountains paints it into a winter wonderland. It’s also cold! Which means we’ve had these trails to ourselves—because everyone else thinks it’s better...
4 Tips to Begin the New Year with soulful reflection

4 Tips to Begin the New Year with soulful reflection

Today it’s quiet for the first time after a week of holiday family fun. Three out of four of the kids came home for some Greenhouse Christmas traditions. But all good things–feasting, playing games, taking walks and feasting some more—come to an end. Our...
Do you believe God’s promises? Mary believed.

Do you believe God’s promises? Mary believed.

She was pregnant. And she believed it. She couldn’t feel the baby move yet. She didn’t have a baby bump either. She hadn’t even been with a man yet. But God told her that she would be with child, and she believed it. She humbly told the angel, “May it be to me as you...
Holiday Roundup

Holiday Roundup

Did you have a good Thanksgiving break? I loved the time with our sons who met us at Grandpa’s house. We feasted on tasty turkey and dressing—why don’t we eat dressing the rest of the year?! And Gary even made his first ever pie—Derby pecan pie–inspired by a...
How to be ungrateful – receiving gifts from the Father

How to be ungrateful – receiving gifts from the Father

Do you have a gift certificate you’ve never redeemed? It’s estimated that in 2013, $1 billion worth of gift cards were never cashed in. I’ll confess that I’ve contributed to that stat. My husband gave me a Valentines gift certificate in February. But I didn’t redeem...