Fullness of joy

I was 20 when I first read the gospels. That was also when I began to form my own thoughts about God and Jesus. Until then my beliefs had been sketchy at best and based o …  »

Living hope

I grew up in a Christian home and have been familiar with the Easter story since childhood, but it wasn't until last year that I discovered what Easter means for me perso …  »

He’s alive!

It had been about three years since they had answered the call to follow Jesus. Each had his own story. Nathanael was told he was “an Israelite indeed, in whom is no dece …  »

Joy—the sunshine fruit

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law”.[Galatians 5:22–23] …  »

A breath of fresh air

It was a particularly hot, muggy summer day, and Jeffrey and I had already been traveling for a few hours when we plopped down in a stuffy bus station waiting room in nor …  »

An imperfect world

It was just a little thing, that smile on my baby’s face, but it changed my perspective on life. As he woke and looked up at me, he was looking at what mattered most in t …  »

Mayan civilization

When our volunteer work took my husband Andrew, our daughter Angelina, and me from Europe to Central America, we were blessed with the wonderful opportunity to visit a pe …  »

11 tips for beating the blues

1. Count your blessings. Expressing gratitude does wonders to lift your spirit. There is spiritual power in praise that can counterbalance whatever is weighing on you. 2. …  »

When good is better than best

There is an adage, “Good is the enemy of best.” The point is that settling for something that is merely good may mean that something better is never attained. It seems to …  »

5 senses thanksgiving

Every day is filled with happy moments that we could thank God for, if we paused to acknowledge them. This thanksgiving exercise is based on what we perceive through our …  »


The ability to look on the bright side is a gift. It enhances your happy times and makes the difficult times more bearable. It’s the gateway to greater joy, which is one …  »