Tending the Garden

Growing Through God's Grace

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 […]

Things I Learned in February and March

At the end of each month, Emily Freeman of Chatting at the Sky {LOVE her!!!} invites readers to post what they learned that month. Sometimes I join in. And sometimes I procrastinate hitting ‘publish’ long enough that I miss the opportunity. And sometimes – apparently – I leave an almost-finished post so long that another […]

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 […]