The Ultimate Sacrifice

The Ultimate Sacrifice by Amy Remer It was a cool September morning.  Dew covered the tips of the grass.  The house was dark and quiet.  Such a calm moment as I opened my eyes.  My husband was still asleep, as were our four children.  I just wanted to stay in that moment forever and notContinue reading “The Ultimate Sacrifice”

Mountain Metaphor

Mountain Metaphor by Leslie McLeod Like the stoic evergreens that flanked the steeply ascending trail, our marriage had long survived—scarred but strengthened through seasons of drought, infestation, lashing storms. Love compelled me to climb.  He had invited, hoping to inspire my fitness and long life.  I had accepted, hoping to share in his passion forContinue reading “Mountain Metaphor”

When I Fail to be Faithful

When I Fail to be Faithful by Leslie Jones I watch the waves lap at the shoreline from my seat on the beach, the glistening Sea of Galilee spread before me. Kicking off my sandals, I lift my face skyward, relishing the warmth of the afternoon sun. My eyes close as a slight breeze rufflesContinue reading “When I Fail to be Faithful”

Infinity Within

Infinity Within by Sarah Freymuth Smoke rises into the night, plumes of flame in the barrel. Stars scattered across the sky; Milky Way bow tie stretched against the black. My friend Jordan and his pipe, sweet scent of tobacco. We scan the dark, silent water, which stretches on and on, shrouded in the back ofContinue reading “Infinity Within”

Hope Among Thwarted Plans

Hope Among Thwarted Plans by Rachel Britton My husband turned the key in the lock. “We’ll live here for ten years at least,” he said as we stepped over the threshold. I smiled. After twelve months of house hunting, we had signed papers on the perfect home. Blue wisteria flowers hung over the doorway, formingContinue reading “Hope Among Thwarted Plans”

Rain in the Desert

Rain in the Desert by ST Chapman I call them prayer walks. But are they really? I walk, I meditate, I plan, and I just appreciate. I imagine as I set out from my car that Jesus is walking with me. I invite him and of course, he graciously agrees to come along. And IContinue reading “Rain in the Desert”

Value in Brokenness

Value in Brokenness by Elizabeth Singletary As I entered the next exhibit at the museum, I was aghast at the broken pieces on the floor and appalled someone would destroy museum property and walk away.  When I attempted to pick up the broken pieces, I was stopped by the guard who exclaimed, “That’s a pricelessContinue reading “Value in Brokenness”

When I Fear I Have Lost My Flavor

When I Fear I Have Lost My Flavor by Deb Beddoe Sometimes, discouragement knocks hard on your door and it takes everything in you not to invite it in to share a giant piece of chocolate cake. Sometimes, you let it in. And you eat the cake. And the leftover spaghetti. Sometimes, discouragement crawls intoContinue reading “When I Fear I Have Lost My Flavor”

The Faces in the Trees

The Faces in the Trees by Diana Gruver We walked over to meet her dogs. Our daughter heard them barking, and in response to her insistence, I nestled her in the wagon and we walked down the lane. It wasn’t the first time we’d met a neighbor because of her canine obsession. We paused byContinue reading “The Faces in the Trees”

No Forcing, No Holding Back

No Forcing, No Holding Back by Ingrid Lochamire The moment I opened my car door, I could hear the creek — a gurgling rush of water, spilling over rocks and roots. The sun-lit flash I had spotted as I pulled into the driveway cut through the center of our new homestead, laying down tracks toContinue reading “No Forcing, No Holding Back”