Tea & Truth

Season of Harvest

September 26, 2016 Fall is officially here! Tisk, tisk, those of you who indulged in a pumpkin spice latte before September 22. Cable-knit sweaters have emerged from the backs of closets to ward off the chill of the crisp morning air. Pumpkin flavors dominate coffee shop fare. Reds, yellows, and oranges imbue flora in a…

Basking in His Presence

September 19, 2016 I sat back in my chair, basking in the fresh air. In front of me lay a full English tea service: tiny sandwiches, scones, and pastries. A dainty teacup contained my Palace Earl Grey tea, to which I gleefully added two lumps of sugar. An umbrella shaded me from the sun in…

A Teachable Spirit

September 12, 2016 For most of the country by now, schools are back in session. Back-to-school sales are over, and for families, weekday mornings are now a flustered rush to get to the big yellow bus in time, lunch in one hand and homework in the other. Students are off to learn their reading, writing,…

Whatsoever Ye Do

September 5, 2016 In the United States, we have so much to be thankful for. Opportunities abound because the achievements of American workers have made our country a strong and prosperous place to live. Labor Day is a celebrated tradition that dates back 134 years to honor our industrious citizens. As believers in Christ, we…

The Greener Grass

August 29, 2016 So often we’re tempted to play the comparison game. Someone is always smarter, stronger, or better looking than we are. Or maybe they know exactly the right thing to say at exactly the right time. Maybe blessing after blessing keeps getting heaped upon them, leaving you thinking, what am I doing wrong,…

New Life

August 22, 2016 I stood in line at the Social Security Administration, waiting…waiting…waiting, with the required documents to officially change my name. After all the wedding bell bliss, the reality of transition had set in. I was in a season of change. Happy change, but change nevertheless. I now had a husband, a new home,…

The Passing of Time

August 15, 2016 Aaaand it’s Monday again. An entire week of our usual routines and responsibilities looms out in front of us, casting a shadow over this sunshiny summer day. Time to start wishing that it was Friday already, right? Then the beautiful freedom of the weekend could smile on us. As a teenager, I…

Rough Waters

August 9, 2016 The early morning air rushed past me. I shivered with glee as I cut outside the boat’s wake, my single ski skimming effortlessly through the smooth water. The evergreens emerging from the rocky banks reflected on the lake’s surface like a mirror. No one else was in sight. All I could hear…

The Good Guy

This summer many unfortunate events have transpired throughout the world, resulting in fear, protests, and lives forever changed. Social media has erupted, everyone desperate to share their own opinions and feelings and stand up for what they believed to be true. Never before had I felt unsafe. Until now. As I have watched these events…

Yuletide Cheer

July 25, 2016 Flip-flops, sunglasses, and sunscreen – yup, it’s clearly time for some Yuletide cheer! The countdown is on: only five more months until Christmas! And what better time to think about the birth of our Lord without the distractions of gingerbread houses, snowball fights, and wrapping presents than in the middle of summer?…