Tea & Truth

Making the Most of Your Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017 As a kid, my Thanksgiving holiday started with watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV before getting together with family and relatives for a glorious, homecooked dinner. While my mom prepared all the traditional foods in the kitchen, my sisters Amy, Mary, and I would swipe baby pickles and black olives…

Delighting God by Finding Joy in Daily Life

November 13, 2017 I’m a summer girl. Put me on a boat while I soak up the warm Vitamin D and the smell of sunscreen, and that’s my happy place. But each time fall rolls around, I wonder if this summer girl is truly an autumn. I love knit sweaters, fires in the hearth, and…

Feeling the Burden of Responsibility for Our Words

November 6, 2017 Words matter. We know this. We all know that sticks and stones break bones, and that words DO hurt. But do we honestly treat them like they do? I feel like we may have moved into a place where we don’t feel the burden of responsibility for the words that exit our…

Reforming Tradition: Back to the Fundamentals

October 30, 2017 Tradition! I like tradition. I find comfort in the routine and joy in the celebration. I like singing “Take Me out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch, baking gingerbread cookies at Christmas, and indulging in a Ben & Jerry’s mint chocolate chip milkshake before taking off from Chicago’s Midway Airport….

How to Win Hearts and Influence People for Christ

October 23, 2017 We live in a world that’s hurting for Jesus. They just don’t know it. And some of them never will. Recently a coworker shared with me about coming across the reality TV show Teen Moms while channel surfing one night. What he saw hurt his heart. These teenage moms lived in a…

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…

selfie

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:…