Lessons From the Gym #1

After a four-year semi-hiatus from the gym in order to pursue my doctoral degree, along with four gazillion other people in January, I returned to the gym. I knew going back would be difficult. It was worse had than I had imagined. I was out of breath, sweating, my were muscles shaking…and that was only ...

Living Freely and Lightly

Today I spoke on simplicity at our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. Living freely and lightly is not as easy as it sounds. Here are the highlights: There is a story about a spiritual seeker who wanted to spend a few days in a monastery. ‘I hope your stay is a blessed one,’ said the monk ...

Christmas Changes Everything

The story of our lives has more to do with what God is doing than our ability to manage it.  Gail Johnsen This is my all-time favorite quote about Christmas: “God has interrupted our ordinary expectations, as cherished as they were, to conceive something. We cannot manage it. We can’t even understand it. All we ...

Christmas is the most wonderful, awful time of year.

Christmas is the most wonderful, awful time of the year. Often we have created an image of Christmas that centers around a perfectly pinterest-decorated home, candlelight, neatly (or extravagantly) wrapped presents, and intact families cozied by the fire reading Christmas stories and eating cookies. Not that this is bad. It’s just not reality for many ...

Advent Reflections: Let the Weary World Rejoice!

For centuries, Christians made space in their crowded hearts at Christmas through participating in a daily devotion called Advent. The word “Advent” means “coming.” The season of Advent refers to the four-week period leading up to Christmas Day. Jesus’ coming was not just a one-time event as a child so long ago, but his coming ...

A Wonderful Instruction for Life

We are awaiting the soon-arrival of our seventh grandchild…a boy named Clive. Our son…pastor…reader of books…. is a huge C.S. Lewis fan. In case you do not know what C.S. stands for…it’s Clive Stapelton….who penned these remarkable words: “Let us go on and take adventure that shall fall to us.” A wonderful instruction for life. ...

Finding Grace in Unexpected Ways

A few months ago my husband and I celebrated 37 years of marriage. Quite a feat considering where I came from: broken home and a long lineage of divorce. I am sure our marriage set some kind of Fleig family record. Yet the most incredible, miraculous thing in all this is not our longevity; it’s ...