My gaze landed on the mountaintop in the distance. Blue-purple ribbons of rolling hills surrounded the giant dome. Why are you troubled and weary, Nan? I asked myself. Why so downcast? Put your hope in God, Maker of heaven and earth.Read more
Has your gut dropped about what’s ahead? Maybe you’ve lost a little sleep, too? We dread potential situations. When the check engine light comes on, we’re sure the car is about to blow up. OrRead more
For six years—except when the battery died—she had cranked…but not now. During a cold snap in December, I noticed the key proved difficult to slide in and out of the ignition of my old FordRead more
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters.
He leads me in paths of righteousness.
He leads me in the ways of peace.
But sometimes …Read more
Feeling painful emotions can be hard. But can we move forward without them?Read more
Outside the wind is howling. Ice clings to the trees and shrubs — blades of leftover grass crunch beneath my feet. My eyes tear from the sting of the cold making me want to hurry home.
Once inside, I’m warmed by the crackle of the fire. The belly of the woodstove glows with red and orange embers while flames consume the wood and warms our home. I throw a couple more logs in, grab a cup of coffee and curl up on the couch for a few minutes of rest.
As I sit and think, I’m reminded of the winter of the soul — seasons of hardship, loss, sorrow … brokenness. Some days it feels as though the season will never end with its darkened days and veiled light.Read more
by Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor Squirrels scurry by, cheeks filled with acorns from the oak in the meadow where tall grass sways in the September breeze. Goldenrod blankets the roadside. An occasional brisk morning paints theRead more
Have you ever wondered why we’ve been blessed so richly? Why God chose us for such a life of abundance?
The answer can be found here:
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion. and your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)Read more
Alone. This was the ninth Valentine’s Day without my husband. The first one after his death, I cried all week. There was no one to give me flowers or candy, no one to take me outRead more
I have depression. It’s nothing new. I faced the same after my husband died. At the time, my doctor gave me Valium to deal with it. Since I didn’t want to become addicted, I tookRead more