Encouragement

On Being Intentional

A couple of months ago, I had lunch with a colleague. We’ve hit it off, and I’ve come to see him like a little brother of mine. His fiancée is a nurse working night shifts to save money for their wedding. He said time with her was few and far between. I told him they ...continue reading

5 Ways to Be an Encourager

Things a year ago looked very different than they did now. My husband Steve had just had back surgery on July 20. During this three-week recovery, I found myself as chief caregiver and in charge of everything. Was I overwhelmed? You bet. Discouraged? Oh, yeah. But I learned a lot. About myself. About others. I ...continue reading

Staying Afloat in Life’s Rapids

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Have you ever had one of those years? Like when things just seemed to fall apart before your very eyes? Mine was 2010 and started that May. First came an old, scarred-over injury that took me down. A visit to a physical therapist revealed the news. No exercise beyond walking until ...continue reading

Being Mary in a Martha World

It happened. Two years ago, when we had our annual Third of July party, the food arrived. So did the guests. During the whole evening, questions ran through my head. Are we running out of drink? Time to do more lemonade. And what about the food? Do we need to put some more out? Are ...continue reading

5 Ways to Find Time with God

Many years ago, I sat at a women’s retreat and listened as the speaker talked about having quiet times with God. Her formula seemed simple. Get up an hour earlier to spend time with God by praying using ACTS as a guide and reading Scripture in a carefully laid out Bible study format. Huh? For ...continue reading