Tending the Garden

Growing Through God's Grace

For a Rainy Thursday in November

On the verge of being on time, I only had to comb through my hair, start the dishwasher, and lock the back door before taking the monkey to school and heading to work. I should wear earrings today. As I fumbled through my drawer looking for matching silver hoops, the familiar thoughts flooded my mind. […]

My Tuesday People

I love Emily Freeman‘s idea of Tuesday People – those people you do “regular” life with, who “offer us a safe place to feel insecure.” Do I have Tuesday people? I know folks who collect friends and keep them their whole lives. Folks who didn’t have to wait for Facebook to be invented to find […]

Taming the To-Do List – A Book Review

Captain’s Log, Star Date 10/24/2015. It’s been 54 days since I started reading,  48 days since I finished, and 25 days since the deadline for this review. Yep. I promised to review Glynnis Whitwer’s book, Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day. And I actually loved the book. I loved […]

Warrior Chicks – A Book Review

I didn’t know what to think of this book. I had never heard of the author before. I had never even heard of any of the individuals quoted on the back cover. Even the title – Warrior Chicks – turned me off a little. But something about it grabbed me. Maybe it was the subtitle: […]

Untangled – A Book Review

When I mentioned to my 13-year-old son that I’m writing a book review, he asked what the book was about. {How much do I love that my boy is engaged enough to be interested in things outside his own middle school world?!} “The book is called Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in […]

There’s Poop on the Banister

Yep, that’s right. I woke up to poop on the banister. Now, we have a dog and two cats, at least one of whom can’t distinguish between grass and carpet. Another is quite fond of using the litter box – so much so that when his owners force him to be in the “wild” all […]

The Heart of the Amish – A Book Review

“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12) How many times have I read the Lord’s Prayer and cringed just a smidge? Sure, I want God’s forgiveness. And I try to be forgiving myself. But I’m certain I don’t want God’s forgiveness of me to be in direct proportion […]

Children of God and Their Hair

Walking onto campus this morning, a cheery woman approaching from the other direction announced a little too loudly, “I love your hair! I wish mine was like that!” I smiled, said thank you, and cringed just the teeniest bit – the only external sign to indicate that internally I was rolling my eyes and saying, […]

When Peace Comes Out of Anger

I spent the morning being angry at God. Yes, Our Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe. Really angry. Out loud in my prayer journal angry. I’m going to pack away all my Bibles and spiritual books angry. I felt blasphemous and foolish. I tried not to be bratty. I begged forgiveness for my feelings. But […]

Maybe It’s Not the Time

Obedience matters. Timing matters. In our world today, a lot is made of immediate gratification. In toddler-like fashion, we want things and we want them now. We can pray for God’s provision, but we have difficulty waiting for His timing. At least I do. I was reading this morning in the book of Joshua, the […]