Tending the Garden

Growing Through God's Grace

When You Don’t Have the Answers

I keep not writing. I want to. But I hear my grandmother: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Messages stick better when they are personal and self-effacing. But they work best when those imperfections are tied up in neat little packages with ribbons of encouragement. Lately I am all about […]

The Beauty of Grace – A Book Review

When it arrived last week, I dove in headfirst. I was looking forward to reading Dawn Camp’s compilation book The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God’s Love from Today’s Most Popular Writers. But I had also promised to write a review of it. The book arrived late and I was on deadline. I quickly realized […]

What’s Her Problem?!

I knew it the moment I hit ‘publish.’ This is why I’ve not been posting much lately. Because there are so many things going on in the world and I am stressing about making dinner consistently. Not because there is no food in the fridge. Not because there is no money to buy food. Not […]

On Food; Or, Things I Should Have Learned By Now

I want to write. In theory. I even have a zillion ideas and another gazillion posts started. But they’re not right. Perhaps what’s not right is me. Because I’m discombobulated. And it feels like if you’re going to write, if you’re going to be a writer, if you’re going to put content out into the […]

What Will I Do Today?

One day, I was distraught because I didn’t get anything done. Okay. I was distraught many days. But this day included bouts of sobbing, the culmination of many days of feeling unproductive and overwhelmed and generally just bad about myself. Ever feel like that? Maybe the little mind mosquitoes nibble at your day. Or unforeseen […]

A Return to Posting

Have you ever agreed to meet up with an old friend? It sounds like a great idea until the reunion approaches. Then fear strikes. What will we talk about? I’ve changed so much and I bet she has, too. Will we even like each other anymore? More to the point, will she like me? Will […]

Romancing Your Better Half – A Book Review

Okay, I’m a sucker for marriage books. Maybe because it combines two of my favorite pastimes: reading and learning about my husband. Maybe because I had so few marriage role models as a child. Maybe because I am on Marriage Number 2 and desperately want to make it work, by learning how to overcome the […]

One Word?

I’ve not jumped on the One Word craze – the idea, based off a book I believe, that rather than have New Year’s resolutions, you should focus on a single word for the year. I probably learned about it a year or two ago. It sounded like a fun idea. A good idea. A focused […]

The Ducks and Absolute Faith

“The Ducks are definitely going to win tonight!” “Really!?” the bank teller asked excitedly. “Absolutely!” I assured him. Mind you, I have no special knowledge. Coach Helfrich hasn’t let me in on tonight’s line-up. Truth be told,  I haven’t watched any games this season. {I know. Don’t start with me.} But I am a Eugenian […]

Jesus Came For This

“For God sent forth his Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him.” John 3:17 If Jesus didn’t come to judge our sins, he certainly didn’t come to judge our Christmas to-do lists, like some kind of vindictive Santa determining that the cutest […]