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Out Of The Stump…

I am struck anew this Christmas with the profound words in Isaiah 11:1.  They read like this, “Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot……..”

We have 5 freshly made stumps hanging around on our property due to some Ash borer that took out strong trees.  Stumps aren’t really pretty…..they are dead as dead can be but scripture uses that metaphor to tell us that something great is going to come forth from the deadness.  It is just so profound to me.

There are times in my heart where I feel only deadness;  I wonder how anything beautiful can burst forth but as I press into that Scripture specifically it gives me hope!

So, in the season of giving and merriment where can you have faith for situations that look like dead, lifeless stumps?  Maybe it’s the brokenness of your family or some relationship you hold in your hand that you wish was different?  He comes to our hearts and asks us to open them up wide to ALL that HE wants to do in us thru the process of the shoot becoming a tree.

I was busy preparing for a big Christmas party last week and I stopped in my tracks at the wonder of my daughter and her creativity.  This little tree probably has had 6 homes in our house this Christmas.  This particular morning as I was sitting to have quiet before the rush of serving our party my eyes happened upon the tree once more in the most unlikely places (on the floor in a corner of our sunroom)  and  these precious little gifts caught my misty eyes.   I am so grateful the Lord gave me eyes to slow and look at the world thru my daughters eyes!  How can I have more love and joy today by simple heart decisions?  This is a tree in all it’s beauty, radiating Jesus in many ways.  ‘Out of a stump will grow a young shoot’.  Today let HIM have your ‘stump’ because you could be the gift to someone who needs a gift!



Valentines – Let it be a Reminder

of a greater love.  A LOVE we can’t ever out give, it’s so much more then a date on the calendar!   Sometimes we lose sight of our Father’s love because we can’t see Him or physically feel Him but maybe He has come in the form of a whisper to your heart.  You just need to stop long enough to listen…..

Sometimes the hardest thing is attuning our hearts to hear what he says; because the ‘other voices are loud’ we let them drown out what is the best voice.

  Maybe you heard Him say, “You are enough”….when you feel inadequate

Maybe He is saying, “I am your Burden bearer”….when you are heavy laden

Maybe it’s, “I am your Door”…..when it looks as if there is no way out

He could be saying, “I am the God of Armies”…..when the pressures are on

Or let Me be your, “God of details”……when you are frustrated

I will be your, “God of love”…when you feel unloved and need a hug

Whatever your greatest need is today, there is always a name of God that can meet that need.  Sometimes it’s us simply aligning our spirits to His Spirit to hear it!  That is a LOVE worth KNOWING!

So celebrate the love you have with the ones closest to you this Valentine’s Day.  Make it a bit extra special but don’t overdo it, if it’s not in your realm to do so this year.   A simple celebration could be as basic as fresh strawberries dipped in Nutella.  Just be sure to light the candles.  Candles make the humblest of celebrations Grand!

Cheers to loving well!


Today Was The Day

my mom and I submitted our manuscript.  We are very humbled and grateful to be doing a cookbook together with Harvest House.

This cake recipe will be in the book!

Her and my father drove to Virginia last weekend to be with us.  It was a special time, all weekend Grandpa played Ticket To Ride with the boys and they even got a game in Sunday morning before church.  The girls all had a little tea party, with Kate taking care of all the table details; we even had macaroons, oh so good!

  This book will release January 2018.  It will be full of traditional recipes that my mom has cooked with for years on the farm, coupled with stories woven in and out.

My portion will have a twist of  simple food (it’s the season I find myself in) woven with some thoughts that I have been pondering in my heart over the past 2 years.

My baby wanted in on a picture with Grandma!



Snow Fun

 Mr. Snowman had an umbrella because rain was coming!

Mr. Snowman had an umbrella                                         because rain was coming!

We sure enjoyed our 24″ of snow a couple of weeks ago.  It was a perfect storm because we never lost power and the storm arrived on the weekend.  So fun!  Last week we were expecting an all day rain so the day before it was all predicted to fall we went out with our little spray bottles and colored the snow.


IMG_8483IMG_8485It was some quick fun.  Fill spray bottles almost full with water, add a couple of drops of food coloring and presto you have snow spray!   I should have purchased larger spray bottles because these little tiny, [cheap] ones didn’t do a stellar job.  It was still the idea that we were painting the snow that pulled the kids in! My baby did not think ANY OF IT WAS FUN!  He just cried the whole time!  He really hasn’t liked this ‘snow idea’ much at all!  Hopefully next winter will be different for him.

This was Will's take on the whole deal!

This was Will’s take
on the whole deal!

Cheers to more snow!!!