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What’s your “personal best”? Gold medals. World records. They’re all outstanding. But some of the most content competitors in the Olympics were those who performed their personal best. What about you? Are you living your personal best? I’m not talking about how fast...read more
Did you go on a mission trip this summer? Or maybe you know someone who did? Summer mission trips are as common today as summer youth camp was when I was kid. We stamp the passport and hold babies in the orphanage, organize summer camps for the underprivileged, clean...read more
Hey friends! The Greenhouse has a new look! This summer is my 3 year anniversary for blogging at the Greenhouse, so it was time for some rearranging. I needed to update some structural details (this techy stuff is not my strength!), and I did some organizing and...read more
What do you pray lately in these times of trouble–bombs, gunshots, riots and terror? If the news leaves you speechless, try looking to the Psalms. You’ll find the ancient prayers of God’s people can be a helpful guide to your prayers today. Oppression and...read more
25 years ago, Gary held our first newborn, Travis. He swaddled him in the baby soft blanket, tenderly kissed him on the forehead, and whispered, “I love you,” as he laid him down in the cradle to sleep. That may not seem like anything extraordinary for a father to do...read more
I cut into a perfectly grilled steak at the moment the waitress tucked the pad in her pocket and paused at our table. She overheard that it was our anniversary. I was hoping she paused to offer a free dessert for our special occasion. Instead, she paused to receive...read more
At the end of the day, you can usually find me sitting at the kitchen table eating supper with Gary, my husband. While we eat, we tell each other about the day. Sometimes there’s not much to tell. Other times, supper is over but the conversation isn’t. So we walk the...read more
How would you like to begin each morning with a heart of expectation for the Lord? We all know what it’s like to expect something—a visit from family, an important phone call, a delivered package or, even better, a delivered newborn. These expectations change the way...read more
Perseverance: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition
Who do you think of when you hear the word perseverance? Have you watched someone doggedly determined to hang on amidst difficulty? Last weekend our family watched our son, Jacob, graduate from college. Although his degree is in accounting, in my opinion, his diploma...read more