Archive | December 2013

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


See my beautiful tulips?

And my fragrant white and pink peonies?


And here is my pride and joy – forsythia.


You don’t see them? I don’t either. Not yet. But they are there. Because without fail, every spring, this little garden spot is alive with wonderful colors and textures.

Underneath the frozen ground is life waiting to be born. A blanket of snow covers and protects the earth as it sleeps.  And spring never disappoints. It is always faithful, giving us a glimpse of how God works.

Is there something in you waiting to be born? Has winter gone on so long it has frozen your heart to believing it can get better?

There is a truth that stands no matter if we believe it or not. God is good. He doesn’t think like we do. Months turn into years and we wonder, when?


Time and time again I have seen God take the worst of situations and make something good out of it. 






Photo Credit: Kathy Moulton

scripture friday.

Some Christians always have a scripture to put on a situation.

Ha. I am one of those people.

I don’t do it lightly. I do it with the confidence that it is a truth that injects strength into you.

At face value, it may seem like just a pat answer. I don’t do it  frivolously. I do it with compassion and understanding.

When you plug something in, you expect it to work.

That’s the way it is with scripture. There is an unseen current that connects to your heart and mind. You just don’t see it.

Let the word of God settle in. Don’t be so quick to reject it. Even if you’ve been hurt in church, by other people, or God himself.

At the end of the day, you have to believe in something. It all has to make sense, doesn’t it?

Believe God is who he says he is.

Jesus said:

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27

Doesn’t nature teach us so much about God?


Photo Credit: ©Kathleen Moulton

to all the moms.

I know the planning, working, and sacrifice that you’re doing at Christmas time. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming.

You may be a mom who is struggling to make ends meet and make your family happy. For some, it is a thankless job because it’s not noticed.

I notice.

More importantly, God notices.

Mothers smile when they are crying inside. They set the tone in the home and put the special touches on everything they do. And if you’ve lost  a child, or your home, or a husband, life has stopped for you.

I know it hurts. Why you?

I don’t know. All I know is that God does comfort and carry us through tragedies.

Let him.


You will survive.


Photo credit: TexasEagle / / CC BY-NC

scripture friday.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John 1:14


Photo Credit: Alesa Dam / / CC BY-NC-SA