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Longing for Heaven

Longing. We have all felt it. Missing, aching, yearning, striving. The feeling of wanting something to bring satisfaction, warmth, comfort, pleasure. Emptiness. The moment you achieve what you longed for and still have the gnawing on the inside of your chest. The realization that you can’t wait for the next rush, climax, success, affirmation, attention.Continue Reading

Making a Home a House.

When we move into a house, duplex, fourplex, apartment, camper, RV we begin setting up our things. Making it ours. Our style of furniture, our pictures, our colors. The things that make the new living space a home. A place that reflects us. A place we belong. Then when it is time and there isContinue Reading

Get Up & Go.

There is a whisper in one’s heart, a small yet persistent nudge when you know you are meant to follow. When I was 18, in a dark auditorium raised hands back lit by the words on the screen ” where you lead me Lord I will follow where you lead me Lord I will go”Continue Reading

Grasp for Hope.

What do you think of when you read the word home? A warm glow from the front window, the smell of dinner cooking on the stove, a friendly greeting from someone who loves you. For some of you, home has been a place of safety and warmth, a place you look forward to returning to.Continue Reading

Dear Weary One,

For the broken, worn and tired. For those who walk through their days thinking their true selves invisible to others. Does the ache in your inner depths cry out as your days pass one by one? Does the sun shine and do you resent its brightness, wishing instead for night so you can rest inContinue Reading

Uganda.

The injustices of this world ignite my passion. Bullies, both big and small. Children, women living in situations where a chance and choice seem like a fairy tale. These things not at the hand of nature or circumstance, but other humans. When humans have  the audacity to treat another human like they are less thanContinue Reading

My Broken Heart.

I met a knew friend on Friday morning. I was running late and she was waiting for me with her iced Starbucks drink. The place was packed. I sat down across from her and it didn’t take long before we shared our hearts. They beat together: for justice. I wish you could meet my newContinue Reading

Peace & Loss.

You’ve Got Mail starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks came out when I was in eighth grade. I remember sitting in the theatre loving everything about Meg’s character from her love of New York in the fall to her pencil skirts. I could imagine myself as the owner of a quaint little bookstore in aContinue Reading

Purchase Fair this Christmas.

You can make a difference this Holiday Season as you shop. If you are like me and you still have shopping to fit in before Christmas, check out these stores below they are unique in one, some, or all of these ways. The things you can buy have been made by people who have beenContinue Reading

Grasping at Hope.

The Christmas I was ten I was given Amy Grant’s House of Love Album on cassette tape. Not to be outdone by my new Walkman. These two things were a match made in heaven. I can picture my young bubbling self careful unwrapping each present with all eyes on me. At the Thurston house presentContinue Reading

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Longing for Heaven

Longing. We have all felt it. Missing, aching, yearning, striving. The feeling of wanting something to bring satisfaction, warmth, comfort, pleasure. Emptiness. The moment you achieve what you longed for and still have the gnawing on the inside of your chest. The realization that you can’t wait for the next rush, climax, success, affirmation, attention.Continue Reading

Making a Home a House.

When we move into a house, duplex, fourplex, apartment, camper, RV we begin setting up our things. Making it ours. Our style of furniture, our pictures, our colors. The things that make the new living space a home. A place that reflects us. A place we belong. Then when it is time and there isContinue Reading