Why I Became a Minimalist, Sort Of

Why I became a minimalist is a question I often get asked. And it’s not always easy to explain, particularly to those who’ve never heard of minimalism. Or when I tell them that it all came about because of a bottle of vinegar. After my daughter shared, several years ago, that she no longer boughtContinue reading “Why I Became a Minimalist, Sort Of”

Lessons on Surrender from Mount Moriah

Moriah, which means chosen by God, was where God had his temple built, for it was a place special and holy to him. It was also where he sent King David to offer sacrifices after his sin of taking a census (1 Chronicles 21). It seemed like such a small thing, counting the people, but DavidContinue reading “Lessons on Surrender from Mount Moriah”

Unwilling Missionaries

Jonah was an unwilling missionary. An odd one, but not because he was reluctant. I have known unwilling missionaries. I’ve even been one. In Jonah’s case his unwillingness stemmed from disobedience. But sometimes the reluctance comes from fear. Fear of failure. What if no one listens? What if I bear no fruit? Or if theyContinue reading “Unwilling Missionaries”

Plans for 2023: Finding Purpose

“Out with the old, in with the new.” Where or how this saying got started, I’m not sure. But Italians take it to heart, literally throwing old plates and other items the window on New Year’s eve. Although this custom has dwindled, some people still do it, even tossing furniture this way!

Resolutions: Band-Aids or Solutions?

It’s time again to ring in a new year and make our resolutions. Yet only rarely do we manage to keep them. Both experience and statistics show this. So if you also fail to keep yours, take heart. You are not alone! Many of us have made them, only to feel discouraged or even guilty forContinue reading “Resolutions: Band-Aids or Solutions?”