Tea & Truth

Flinging the Mundane to Lighten Your Spirit

October 16, 2017 Sisters in Christ, grab a cuppa tea and join me for a few. If you’re like me, you love to read. In fact, nothing appeals more than snuggling up with a blanket, a cuppa, and a good book. Have you ever read an author whom you just automatically identify with? They speak…

Furthering God’s Kingdom to the Best of My Ability

October 9, 2017 The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (aka the Holocaust Memorial) in Berlin “I could have got more out. I could have got more.” This is one of the most haunting lines in all of cinematic history to me. Oskar Schindler, a real-life Nazi member and factory owner in Poland, set…

The Best Intentions to Bear Fruit Joyfully

October 2, 2017 Our Newtown Pippin apple tree in the back acre is heavy-laden with ripe, delicious fruit. I’m just itching at the seams to make some apple crisp, or Dutch apple pie, or dried apples, or apple sauce, or apple butter, or all of the above! My husband’s going to be a very happy…

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Millennials and the Relativity of Truth and Honor

September 25, 2017 Oh, Millennials. [Insert eye roll here – just kidding!] Poor Millennials have become the punch line to many jokes nowadays. If you’re unaware, Millennials are usually defined as those born between the years 1982-2004. Technically…I may fall into that category. Buuuut I don’t consider myself to be one. Here’s why: (1) When…

Facing the Stresses and Expectations of Parenting

September 18, 2017 Parenting is hard. I may not have kids (yet), but I do have eyes. The thought of raising children to be kind, well-rounded, God-fearing, productive members of society seems daunting. After all, raising children is the greatest stewardship a parent can have. “Train up a child in the way he should go:…

Never Forget

September 11, 2017 It was a regular Tuesday morning. I was in eighth grade. My mom had the radio tuned to her favorite news station while we got ready for the day. All of a sudden, she zoomed down the hallway and turned on the TV. TV? In the morning? It wasn’t a usual occurrence…

Labor Day

Labor Day

September 4th, 2017 It’s Labor Day! The usual routine of life is being interrupted by a government-mandated break – hurray! I particularly enjoy the holiday because my birthday usually falls near it, giving me just cause to jet outta town on vacay. And yes, I did just use a legal term in the same sentence…

Sweet Aromas

August 28, 2017 I finally took the plunge. Yup, that’s right – I bought an essential oils starter kit. For those of you who don’t yet know about this growing trend, an essential oil is an aromatic natural oil extracted from a plant. These oils have been used for millennia as natural remedies to life’s…

Christ Alone

August 21, 2017 Have you ever gotten lost? I have to admit (and don’t get mad!), I’m rather unfamiliar with the concept of getting lost in its most literal sense. Apparently God gave me an “inner GPS” that has come in handy throughout most of my life. I remember when I was about eight years…

“True Identity”

August 14, 2017 I was going blind. I just knew it. I could practically feel my retinas detaching. A writer, reader, pianist (who cannot play by ear; sheet music is required for this Chopin-wannabe), photographer, wakeboarder, world traveler, and newlywed, and I was going blind. It was an afternoon like any other. I was at…